Big Ten Football Makes its 2007 Debut




Sept. 1, 2007

Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32: ANN ARBOR, Mich.(AP) What was supposed to be a tuneup turned into a stunner: Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32. Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left Saturday put the Mountaineers ahead of the Wolverines and Corey Lynch blocked a field goal in the final seconds to seal one of college football's biggest upsets.
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Ohio State 38, Youngstown State 6: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - No. 11 Ohio State took its first step toward forgetting the end of last season. Todd Boeckman played well in his first start replacing Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith and the Buckeyes made just about all the big plays in beating Youngstown State 38-6 on Saturday.
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Wisconsin 42, Washington State 21: MADISON, Wis.(AP) New starting quarterback Tyler Donovan threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help No. 7 Wisconsin shake off a mediocre defensive performance in a 42-21 victory over Washington State in Saturday's season opener for both teams. With Washington State focused on stopping running back P.J. Hill, the Badgers turned to Donovan, a fifth-year senior who was given the starting job by coach Bret Bielema only 10 days ago.
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Iowa 16, Illinois 3: CHICAGO(AP) - Albert Young gave Iowa some good news. The senior ran for 144 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hawkeyes to a 16-3 victory over Northern Iowa in the season opener at Soldier Field on Saturday.
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Penn State 59, Florida International 0: STATE COLLEGE, Pa.(AP) Penn State welcomed Joe Paterno back to the sidelines with a suffocating show of defense. Linebacker Sean Lee led the furious defense Saturday with seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack, and Anthony Morelli threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 295 yards as the 17th-ranked Nittany Lions routed Florida International, 59-0.
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Michigan State 55, Alabama-Birmingham 18: EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Jehuu Caulcrick ran for 93 yards and a career-high four touchdowns Saturday as Michigan State rolled past Alabama-Birmingham, 55-18, giving Mark Dantonio a win in his debut as Spartan coach. The lopsided score ruined the debut of new UAB coach Neil Callaway, a former Georgia assistant.
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Missouri 40, Illinois 34: ST. LOUIS(AP) Chase Daniel threw three touchdown passes, Cornelius Brown intercepted a pass at the 1 with 51 seconds to play, and Missouri held off Illinois 40-34 on Saturday. The Tigers (1-0) scored on a 100-yard fumble return and a 66-yard punt return and were up 37-13 late in the third quarter.
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Northwestern 27, Northeastern 0: EVANSTON, Ill. - Quarterback C.J. Bachér threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as Northwestern beat Northeastern 27-0 on Saturday at Ryan Field. Bachér, a junior who missed six games last fall with a stress fracture in his left leg, was 23-of-29 for 243 yards and capped the Wildcats' opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. His 23 completions were a career-most.
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Purdue 52, Toledo 24: TOLEDO, Ohio(AP) Curtis Painter threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers Saturday, leading Purdue to a 52-24 victory over Toledo. Painter, who set the Big Ten season passing record a year ago with 3,985 yards, completed 14-of-30 passes for 244 yards.
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Indiana 55, Indiana State 7: BLOOMINGTON, Ind.(AP) Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis threw the two longest touchdown passes of his career and ran for another score as Indiana routed Indiana State 55-7 Saturday night in the Hooisers' first game since the death of coach Terry Hoeppner. Lewis was 12-of-21 for 285 yards and three touchdowns - all on his first four passes - in the most lopsided season-opening win for Indiana (1-0) since a 72-0 victory over Fort Knox on Sept. 16, 1944.
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Bowling Green 32, Minnesota 31 (OT): MINNEAPOLIS(AP) Tyler Sheehan's 2-point conversion pass to Freddie Barnes in overtime lifted Bowling Green past Minnesota 32-31 on Saturday night in the season opener. Sheehan found a wide-open Marques Parks for a 9-yard touchdown pass to pull the Falcons within one, and coach Gregg Brandon went for two to end it. The winner was a tight throw near the sideline, caught by Barnes with three Gophers converging.
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