Week 1 Football Recaps

Saturday, Sept. 2

Illinois 24, Ball State 21:  Jamal Milan's big paw blocked a late field goal from Ball State to seal Illinois' 24-21 win in its season opener. After missing the last two seasons due to knee injuries, junior wide receiver Mike Dudek got the Illini on the board in the first quarter with a 16-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Chayce Crouch, Dudek's first catch of the game. The 2014 Freshman All-American also made an impact on special teams, setting up the Illini to take the lead with 52-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter. Dudek finished the day with two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown to go along with three punt returns for 55 yards (18.33 yards per return). FULL STORY

Iowa 24, Wyoming 3:  Iowa's Nate Stanley threw three touchdown passes in his first career start and the Hawkeyes shut down Wyoming 24-3 on Saturday. Noah Fant caught two of those TD tosses for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who held the Cowboys (0-1) to just 59 yards rushing on 30 tries and picked off Allen twice. FULL STORY

Maryland 51, Texas 41:  Tyrrell Pigrome passed for two touchdowns and ran for another before leaving with an injury and Maryland stunned Texas 51-41 Saturday, spoiling new Longhorns coach Tom Herman's debut. Pigrome had to be helped off late in the third quarter after twisting his knee, but freshman Kasim Hill came in and led two crucial fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Maryland (1-0) led 27-7 in the second quarter, and then held off a Texas rally. FULL STORY

Michigan State 35, Bowling Green 10:  Brian Lewerke threw three touchdown passes, and Tyson Smith capped his heartwarming comeback with an interception return for a touchdown in Michigan State's 35-10 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Lewerke, who has taken over as the starting quarterback as a sophomore, went 22 of 33 for 250 yards and also made some crucial plays with his legs, running for a team-high 69 yards. FULL STORY

Penn State 52, Akron 0:  Saquon Barkley racked up 226 total yards and two touchdowns to lead Penn State to a 52-0 win over Akron in the season opener on Saturday. Quarterback Trace McSorley was 18 for 25 passing for 280 yards and two touchdowns to help Penn State's high-octane offense pick up where it left off when the Big Ten champions won nine of their final 10 games last season. McSorley also ran for a touchdown. Although it rained heavily early in the game at Beaver Stadium, a soggy field couldn't slow Penn State's pair of Heisman Trophy candidates. They combined for 371 total yards and four scores in the first half to put the game out of reach. FULL STORY

Michigan 33, Florida 17:  Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly three decades. Michigan trailed 17-13 at halftime before scoring three times in the first 6 minutes of the second half. After Karan Higdon's 3-yard TD run capped a half-opening 75-yard, 10-yard drive, Ambry Thomas forced and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. That set up a 30-yard field goal by Quinn, who then made a 50-yarder after Michigan recovered another fumble. FULL STORY

Northwestern 31, Nevada 20:  Quarterback Clayton Thorson scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes and Northwestern beat Nevada 31-20 in Saturday's opener for both teams. Trailing 20-17 in the fourth quarter, Thorson directed a 75-yard drive that culminated in his following the block of right guard Tommy Doles to crash the end zone for a 24-20 lead. Thorson scored on another 1-yard plunge with 52 seconds to play, ending Nevada's upset hopes in Jay Norvell's first game as the Wolf Pack's coach. FULL STORY

Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36:  Justice Hansen overthrew Kendrick Edwards in the end zone on the game's final play, allowing Nebraska to hold off Arkansas State 43-36 in a dramatic season opener Saturday night. Hansen threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Edwards in the final minute that pulled the Red Wolves of the Sun Belt Conference within seven points. Arkansas State recovered the onside kick and moved to the Huskers 11 with 9 seconds left. Lamar Jackson broke up a pass in the end zone for Justin McInnis. Hansen then threw too high to Edwards. Tre' Bryant ran for a career-high 192 yards and a touchdown and Tanner Lee threw for 238 yards and two scores in his first game for Nebraska. FULL STORY

Louisville 35, Purdue 28:  Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and compiled 485 total yards Saturday, helping Louisville escape with a 35-28 victory over Purdue. Jackson was the difference, going 30 of 46 with 378 yards through the air while running 21 times for 107 yards. And when Louisville (1-0) needed the defending Heisman Trophy winner to be at his best in the fourth quarter, he didn't disappoint. Jackson hooked up with Dez Fitzpatrick on a 20-yard score with 9:01 remaining to give the Cardinals a 32-28 lead then drove them into field goal position on the ensuing possession to make it a seven-point game. FULL STORY


Friday, Sept. 1

Wisconsin 59, Utah State 10:  Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes, Wisconsin forced four turnovers, and the Badgers recovered from a slow start with a dominating second half to beat Utah State 59-10 on Friday night. Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the opener. Tight end Troy Fumagalli caught the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter, and Zander Neuvilleand Quintez Cephus made highlight-reel scoring grabs. FULL STORY

Washington 30, Rutgers 14:  Dante Pettis woke up Washington just before halftime with his sixth career punt return for a touchdown and Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 30-14 victory over Rutgers on Friday night. Pettis' 61-yard return gave the Huskies their first lead at 10-7 with 3:50 left in the half. FULL STORY


Thursday, Aug. 31

Ohio State 49, Indiana 21:  J.K. Dobbins broke Ohio State's freshman record by rushing for 181 yards in his college debut, J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and the Buckeyes pulled away to beat Indiana 49-21 on Thursday night. With Mike Weber, Ohio State's top runner in 2016, out with a hamstring injury, Dobbins stepped in and surpassed Maurice Clarett's previous debut record of 175 yards set in 2002 against Texas Tech. Barrett overcame a slow start to finish 20 of 35 for 304 yards. He added 61 yards rushing and another score to move within two touchdowns of matching Drew Brees' Big Ten career record for total touchdowns of 106. FULL STORY

Minnesota 17, Buffalo 7: Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck's first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday night. Rhoda started the game and went 12 for 21 for 176 yards, but he threw an interception in the end zone in the second quarter. Croft rushed six times for 32 yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 63 yards. FULL STORY