Minnesota, Rutgers win as Big Ten goes 2-0 on Thursday night

Minnesota and Rutgers opened up Big Ten play with impressive victories Thursday night. The Gophers kicked off the action by topping Eastern Illinois, 42-20, at TCF Bank Stadium. Rutgers followed with a 41-38 comeback win over Washington State in its Big Ten debut.

RUTGERS 41, WASHINGTON STATE 38: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | DIENHART

(AP) Paul James ran for 173 yards and his third touchdown run with 3:24 left gave Rutgers a wild 41-38 victory over Washington State on Thursday night in the Scarlet Knights’ first game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

MINNESOTA 42, EASTERN ILLINOIS 20: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | AP RECAP | DIENHART

(AP) Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones, leading Minnesota to a season-opening 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Berkley Edwards runs past defense on zippy 42-yard TD.

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Minnesota blocks the punt, and Logan Hutton hauls it in for the TD.

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Mitch Leidner finds Donovahn Jones for 35-yard touchdown.

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Maxx Williams gets up on his hurdle over an Eastern Illinois defender.

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Mitch Leidner keeps it on 3rd down to put Minnesota on the board.

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