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Purdue Holds Off MTSU, 27-24

Purdue's Ricardo Allen

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

Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner

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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Penn State Thumps Indiana State

Penn State's Chaz Powell

Indiana State at Penn State - Football Highlights

(AP) Chaz Powell set the tone by returning the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a score and Silas Redd led an overwhelming Penn State ground game with two rushing touchdowns in a 41-7 win Saturday over Indiana State. Joe Paterno coached from the press box more than three weeks after suffering shoulder and pelvis injuries from a collision in practice, though the Nittany Lions didn’t miss a beat against the Sycamores – an FCS team. Redd ran for 94 of his 104 yards by the second quarter. Rob Bolden started at quarterback, splitting time with Matt McGloin. Read the entire AP story, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Downpour at Kinnick Stadium

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Kinnick Stadium Downpour

If you were flipping around watching college football this afternoon, you probably noticed that the weather for almost every game was bright and sunny. This was not the case in Iowa City, where play between Iowa and Tennessee Tech was suspended due to weather. A thunderstorm moved during the second half  and halted the action with Iowa shutting out their visitors, 34-0. Watch the video now and you can see how a downpour at Kinnick Stadium sent water cascading down the steps and benches, looking just like a mini-waterfall.  Fans and players have left the field and stands and are currently waiting out the storm inside the stadium.

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Michigan State Tops Pesky YSU, 28-6

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell

Youngstown State at Michigan State - Football Highlights

(AP)B.J. Cunningham caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, moving into a tie for first on Michigan State’s career receptions list in the No. 17 Spartans’ 28-6 victory over Youngstown State on Friday night. Kirk Cousins threw for 222 yards for Michigan State, which tied for the Big Ten title last season but wasn’t especially dominant against the Penguins of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Spartans led 14-6 in the third quarter when Cousins threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cunningham. Read the full AP story, scroll through the box score and check out the full Big Ten scoreboard.

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Joe Paterno Talks At Penn State Pep Rally

Penn State's Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno Speaks at PSU Pep Rally

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno addressed the Nittany Lion faithful Friday night in preparation of the team’s season opener Saturday. The Nittany Lions host Indiana State at noon ET on BTN, one of five Week 1 games we’ll have on our air. The legendary Paterno is back for his unprecedented 46th campaign at the helm of the Nittany Lions.  A season ago, Penn State struggled to a 7-6 record in its first year without star quarterback Daryll Clark. The Nittany Lions expect much better results in 2011. Watch now as Paterno fires up the Penn State crowd, like only Joe Paterno can.

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