NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Antonio Zita made 62- and 51-yard field goals and hit a 35-yarder as time expired to give Tennessee State a 21-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
Stone Galloway made a 37-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining to give Eastern Illinois a 20-18 lead, but Isaiah Green completed a 48-yard pass to Cam Wyche to the 19 and, one play later, Zita won it for the Tigers (1-2 Ohio Valley Conference).
Zita had the 51-yarder in the first quarter, then added the conference record-tying 62-yarder with just over four minutes left in the game. He matched the Ohio Valley record set by Murray State’s Paul Hickert in 1986. It was a yard shy of the FCS record.
Eastern Illinois (0-3) built a 17-3 halftime lead before the Tigers rallied with a pair of short touchdown runs, then Zita’s 62-yarder.