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Big Ten roundup: Michigan and Wisconsin roll, Iowa and Purdue stumble

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Northern Illinois 30, Iowa 27

Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left and Northern Illinois rallied to beat host Iowa in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, a Mid-American Conference team that scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes.

Northern Illinois cornerback Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa’s Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims.

Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season.

The Hawkeyes also lost their first opener since 2000.

Iowa did a nice job of containing Lynch before he engineered a six-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:37, tying the game at 27 with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Da’Ron Brown with 5:05 left.

No. 17 Michigan 59, 
Central Michigan 9

Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as Michigan beat Central Michigan at home.

It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame next week at home in a prime-time game.

Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. He ran for a 22-yard score midway through the first quarter when Michigan led by just four points and had a 4-yard TD on the ground late in the first half.

No. 18 Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34

Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross each ran for more than 100 yards, Taylor Martinez passed for three touchdowns and 18th-ranked Nebraska survived two late turnovers to defeat Wyoming at home.

The Cornhuskers, who won their nation-leading 28th straight opener, scored on four of five possessions after trailing 14-10 early in the second quarter and then had to hang on as Wyoming made it a game in the end, converting two turnovers into touchdowns.

Penn State 23, Syracuse 17

Christian Hackenberg threw two touchdown passes in his first college game and the freshman led Penn State to home victory against Syracuse.

Hackenberg, an 18-year-old blue-chip recruit, went 22-for-31 for 278 yards with two interceptions and became the second freshman quarterback to start a Penn State opener since 1910.

Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7

Munchie Legaux regained his job as starting quarterback and threw for a touchdown and ran for another in Cincinnati’s home victory over Purdue — the Boilermakers’ worst opening loss in 17 years.

Purdue (0-1) got a whole new offense under Darrell Hazell, who came from Kent State to try to get the Boilermakers moving up in the Big Ten. The first time out, the offense couldn’t get out of its own way. In the end, Purdue had just 226 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times.

No. 23 Wisconsin 45, 
Massachusetts 0

Melvin Gordon ran for 144 yards and a 70-yard touchdown, James White added 143 and a 51-yard score and Wisconsin’s revamped defense throttled UMass at home.

In new coach Gary Andersen’s first game, the Badgers rushed for 393 yards as a team and allowed only 212 total yards of offense to UMass.

Illinois 42, Southern Illinois 34

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase shredded Southern Illinois’ defense for 416 yards passing and two touchdowns on 28-of-36 passing, but the host Illini had to fight off a late comeback to survive at home.

Down 42-43 and in 95-degree weather, Southern Illinois quarterback Kory Faulkner drove the Salukis down the field for a final shot at tying the game. With 44 seconds to play and fourth down at the Illini 3-yard line, Faulkner threw too high for leaping wideout Adam Fuehne.


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