Illinois Starts Slow, Tops Arkansas St.

Illinois' Jason Ford

Arkansas State at Illinois - Football Highlights

(AP) Illinois started slow but used 100-yard receiving days from A.J. Jenkins and Darius Millines to open the season with a 33-15 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-best 267 yards. His 16 completions went to Jenkins, who had 11 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Millines, who caught five balls for 199 yards and a score. Jason Ford rushed for 86 yards and two TDs. The Red Wolves led 8-7 with less than three minutes left in the first half on a safety and a pair of field goals. But Illinois answered with Millines’ touchdown and a field goal before halftime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten schedule.

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Iowa Puts Away Tenn. Tech, 34-7

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Tennessee Tech at Iowa - Football Highlights

(AP) James Vandenberg threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Marvin McNutt and Iowa opened its season by pounding Tennessee Tech 34-7 Saturday in the schools’ season opener. McNutt had 140 yards receiving for the Hawkeyes, who won their 11th straight home opener despite an 84-minute delay because of lightning. Iowa overwhelmed the Golden Eagles of the FCS with 24 points in the second quarter. McNutt took a Vandenberg pass 88 yards for a touchdown, and Shaun Prater returned an interception 89 yards for a TD late in the first half to put the Hawkeyes ahead 27-0. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see the Big Ten scoreboard.

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Purdue Holds Off MTSU, 27-24

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Middle Tennessee State at Purdue - Football Highlights

(AP) Caleb TerBush passed for 219 yards in his first start and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute to help Purdue beat Middle Tennessee State 27-24 on Saturday. Purdue, trailing 24-20, got a late stop to earn a shot at the win, and TerBush led the Boilers 85 yards in 11 plays. His 35-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison came with 49 seconds left. MTSU went for the tie as time expired, but Purdue’s Ricardo Allen blocked a 47-yard field-goal attempt. Purdue’s Ralph Bolden ran for 120 yards after missing last season with a torn ACL. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see the Big Ten scoreboard.

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Northwestern Holds Off Boston College

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Northwestern at Boston College - Football Highlights

(AP) Backup Kain Colter threw for 199 yards and ran for 71 more with a touchdown on Saturday to lead Northwestern to a 24-17 victory over Boston College in the season opener. Colter completed 18 of 25 passes and Northwestern won for the first time since Dan Persa ruptured his Achilles tendon last Nov. 13. Persa, who had been touted as a Heisman Trophy contender by the school, was a late scratch. BC brought the ball deep into Northwestern territory in the final seconds, but Vince Browne got a sack on the final play. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see the Big Ten scoreboard.

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Ohio State Shuts Out Akron, 42-0

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Akron at Ohio State - Football Highlights

(AP) Starting his first game for Ohio State, quarterback Joe Bauserman ran for a touchdown and threw for three to tight end Jake Stoneburner to lead the No. 18 Buckeyes to a 42-0 win over Akron on Saturday. Luke Fickell made his debut for the Buckeyes, elevated from defensive assistant to take the place of Jim Tressel. Stoneburner became the first Ohio State tight end to catch three TD passes in a game. Bauserman, starting for the first time since he was in high school, eight years ago, ran for a 15-yard score and threw TD passes of 28, 11 and 2 yards. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.

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