Football Recaps: September 12
Sept. 12, 2009
Northwestern 27, Eastern Michigan 24: Stefan Demos kicked a 49-yard field goal in the closing seconds, and Northwestern escaped with a 27-24 victory over Eastern Michigan after blowing a 21-point lead Saturday.
Indiana 23, Western Michigan 19: Demetrius McCray had a career-high 134 yards rushing, scoring on a 59-yard run, and Indiana's defense forced a late turnover to preserve a 23-19 victory over Western Michigan.
Penn State 28, Syracuse 7: Evan Royster ran for a touchdown and caught another, and No. 7 Penn State contained quarterback Greg Paulus and rebuilding Syracuse in a 28-7 win Saturday.
Wisconsin 34, Fresno State 31 (2OT): Wisconsin safety Chris Maragos came up with an interception in the second overtime, and Philip Welch kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Badgers a 34-31 victory over Fresno State at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
Iowa 35, Iowa State 3: Ricky Stanzi threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Iowa forced six turnovers in beating Iowa State 35-3 on Saturday, the Hawkeyes' first victory on their rivals' field in six years.
Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27: Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour became the Mid-American Conference's all-time leader in total offense and led the Chippewas to a stunning, come-from-behind 29-27 win over Michigan State on Saturday.
Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34: Tate Forcier lifted Michigan to its biggest win under coach Rich Rodriguez. Forcier's 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds left capped a game-winning drive and lifted the Wolverines to a 38-34 win over No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Illinois 45, Illinois State 17: Backup quarterback Eddie McGee replaced an injured Juice Williams and led Illinois to a comfortable 45-17 win over Illinois State Saturday night.
USC 18, Ohio State 15: Matt Barkley, the freshman quarterback, and Joe McKnight, the shifty tailback, made big play after big play, and Stafon Johnson capped one of the great drives in USC's storied history with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:05 left to give the third-ranked Trojans a 18-15 victory against No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday night.
Oregon 38, Purdue 36: Oregon put suspended running back LeGarrette Blount and Boise State behind them by holding off Purdue 38-36 on Saturday night. Trailing 38-30, the Boilermakers' Keith Smith found Aaron Valentin with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left. But Kyle Adams caught Joey Elliott's pass to tie it out of bounds as Oregon (1-1) eked out the victory.