Football Recaps: Sept. 18

Sept. 18, 2010

Illinois 28, Northern Illinois 22: Running back Mikel LeShoure rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase added 115 yards and another score to lead the Illini (2-1) past Northern Illinois, 28-22 on Saturday.

LeShoure and Scheelhaase combined for 53 rushing yards on a fourth quarter drive that set up a 32-yard field goal by Derek Dimke that provided the winning points.

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Michigan 42, Massachusetts 37: Denard Robinson accounted for 345 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 20 Michigan overcome its poor defense in a 42-37 win over second-tier Massachusetts on Saturday.

Robinson was 10 of 14 for 241 yards, connected with Darryl Stonum for TDs 45 seconds apart late in the first half and had an interception. He ran 17 times for 104 yards and a score that put the Wolverines (3-0) ahead 35-17 midway through the third quarter.

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Ohio State 43, Ohio 7:Terrelle Pryor picked apart Ohio University's defense with a school-record 16 consecutive completions on Saturday and No. 2 Ohio State scored early and often to steamroll the Bobcats 43-7.

It was a walk in the park for the Buckeyes (3-0) after last week's bruising 36-24 win over then-No. 12 Miami.

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Penn State 24, Kent State 0: Penn State raced out to a quick start before the defense did just enough to hold off Kent State.

Tailback Evan Royster and freshman quarterback Rob Bolden each ran for their first touchdowns of the season, Stephfon Green settled a shaky offense with tough second-half runs and the 22nd-ranked Nittany Lions picked off the Golden Flashes twice in 24-0 win Saturday.



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Purdue 24, Ball State 13: Cortez Smith caught two touchdown passes, including a 76-yarder on a deflection, to help Purdue beat Ball State 24-13 on Saturday.

Smith caught five passes for a career-high 117 yards.

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Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 19: Wisconsin's Jay Valai blocked a game-tying extra point try and the 11th-ranked Badgers held on for a 20-19 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona State's Cameron Marshall scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to cut Wisconsin's lead to 20-19 with 4:09 left in the game. But Valai, a senior safety, burst through the line to block the kick - salvaging what had been a miserable day for the Badgers' special teams.

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USC 32, Minnesota 21: Robert Woods returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown to jumpstart USC's sluggish offense and the 18th-ranked Trojans pulled away for a 32-21 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Allen Bradford rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries as the Trojans (3-0) returned to a power running game with quarterback Matt Barkley struggling.

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Indiana 38, Western Kentucky 21: Ben Chappell passed for a career-high 366 yards as Indiana defeated Western Kentucky 38-21 on Saturday, giving the Hilltoppers their 23rd straight defeat.

Chappell completed 32 of 42 passes to break his old record of 333 yards against Illinois last year.

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Northwestern 30, Rice 13: Dan Persa threw for 307 yards and a touchdown Saturday night to lead Northwestern to a 30-13 victory over Rice.

Persa, who completed 24 of 32 passes and was not intercepted, also ran for a touchdown for the Wildcats (3-0). Northwestern has won 10 of its last 13 road games and is averaging 30 points per game.

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Michigan State 34, Notre Dame 31 (OT): Michigan State gambled on one play to beat Notre Dame - and it paid off.

Aaron Bates threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt on an audacious fake field goal in overtime, giving the Spartans a 34-31 victory over the Irish on Saturday night.

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Arizona 34, Iowa 27: One big first-half play after another, Arizona seemed well on its way to a rout. One stumble after the next in the second, a debilitating letdown was on the way.

One final gut-checking drive and the Wildcats have what they hope is a program-defining win.

Nick Foles hit William Wright with a late 4-yard touchdown pass and No. 24 Arizona held its ground in the national spotlight with a momentum-swinging 34-27 win over ninth-ranked Iowa Saturday night.

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