NCAA Roundup: Lynch leads Huskies; ISU downs Eastern

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NCAA Roundup: Lynch leads Huskies; ISU downs Eastern

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Needing yet another rally with a seesaw road game up for grabs, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch knew just who to look for.

He found him - and just in the nick of time.

Down 40-35 with 4:29 to play, Lynch connected with a streaking Martel Moore from eight yards out - their second touchdown on the afternoon - and the Huskies sent Army to its fifth straight home-opening defeat 41-40 on Saturday.

Northern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) made its first visit to Michie Stadium in 20 years a happy one despite trailing 40-35 with just 8:55 to play.

"When the game's on the line, we try to go to our playmakers," said Lynch, who finished with 342 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 27 passing. "Martel's our playmaker out there. I just gave him a chance. He was in rhythm and made a nice catch."

The senior Moore had 134 receiving and Lynch added 125 on the ground as Northern Illinois used a potent passing game to counter Army's triple-option.

Larry Dixon had three scores on 136 yards rushing and Trent Steelman had two touchdowns on 116 yards rushing for the Black Knights (0-2), while Raymond Maples added a score on 159 yards. It was Army's first game with three hundred-yard rushers since 1996.

"Our guys overcame a lot in that game to win," said Huskies coach Dave Doeren, whose team notched its first victory in a road-opener in five years. "They found a way to get it done. I'm excited to be able to run and pass the ball, the balance we had."

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Illinois State downs EIU in overtime

NORMAL, Ill. -- Matt Brown accounted for seven touchdowns, and his fifth scoring pass of the game, a 25-yarder to Tyrone Walker in the second overtime period, capped a career-high 473-yard performance and gave Illinois State a wild 54-51 victory Saturday over Eastern Illinois.

Eastern Illinois had taken the lead on a 40-yard field goal by Cameron Berra, whose 20-yarder at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime.

Brown, who added two rushing touchdowns, also hit Donovan Harden for two scores and Lechein Neblett and Cameron Hunt for one apiece. The five touchdowns, on 42-of-57 passing, tied Brown's career high. Walker led all receivers with 11 catches for 142 yards.

The teams combined for 1,042 yards of total offense. The Redbirds (3-0) won despite being penalized 22 times for 178 yards.

Taylor Duncan rushed for three touchdowns and Jimmy Garoppolo had 387 yards passing and two scores for the Panthers (1-2).

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Southern Illinois rolls past SE Missouri St.

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kory Faulkner threw for 384 yards and three touchdown passes, both career highs, Saturday night to lead Southern Illinois to a 35-14 win over Southeast Missouri.

Faulkner, a junior, connected with David Lewis, MyCole Pruitt and LaSteven McKinney for touchdowns. Mika'il McCall ran for 81 yards and two scores for the Salukis, who led 21-0 at halftime, scoring the final TD of the half after a 13-play, 99-yard drive.

SIU (1-2), in its home opener, amassed 565 yards of total offense, a Saluki Stadium record.

Southeast Missouri (1-2) was held to 186 yards, just 73 through the air. Lewis Washington and Paul McRoberts scored for the Redhawks.

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Iowa State crushes Western Illinois

AMES, Iowa -- Steele Jantz threw three touchdown passes and James White ran 56 yards for another score, leading Iowa State to a 37-3 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday night.

Penalties and turnovers frustrated Iowa State at times, but the Cyclones still had enough to overpower their FCS opponent and start 3-0 for the second straight year and sixth time since 1981. Four of the five previous 3-0 starts led to bowl appearances.

Jantz completed 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards, with touchdown throws of 16 and 5 yards to Chris Young and 22 yards to Aaron Horne. He was intercepted once and lost a fumble.

Western Illinois (2-1) trailed 31-0 before Pat Smith kicked a 26-yard field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Iowa State was playing its second-team defense by then.

While never in danger during the game, Iowa State still has a lot to clean up before its Big 12 opener against Texas Tech on Sept. 29. The Cyclones were penalized seven times for 75 yards and were minus-three in turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble.

The Cyclones have time to get that work done because they're off next weekend.

Western Illinois started the season with victories over Butler, a non-scholarship FCS program, and Division II Indianapolis. But an opponent from a BCS conference simply was too much for the outmanned Leathernecks.

Their only chance was Iowa State suffering a major letdown after its 9-6 victory over Iowa, the Cyclones' first win in Iowa City in 10 years, but that didn't happen, even if ISU wasn't especially sharp.

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Illini dominated in ugly blowout loss at Purdue

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Illini dominated in ugly blowout loss at Purdue

If the Illini are actually going to snap their NCAA tournament drought, quite simply they've got to stop playing like this.

Illinois was blown out of Mackey Arena on Tuesday night. Yes the 91-68 loss to Purdue came at the hands of one of the Big Ten's best on its home floor. But the Illini were atrocious on both ends of the floor, missing a boatload of shots and giving the Boilermakers anything and everything they wanted on the other end.

Look no further than the shooting percentages, which aptly if not fully tell the story of how things went for both teams. Purdue shot 60.4 percent from the floor. Illinois shot 40.3 percent.

Despite holding Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan to just one made basket in the first half, the Illini ended up getting dominated by the Boilers' big-man tandem of Swanigan and Isaac Haas. Swanigan, of course, turned in a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Haas dominated with 24 points and six rebounds. He was 9-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

For Purdue, it was a terrific response to its loss at Iowa last week. With the Big Ten a seeming league of mediocrity this far into the 2016-17 campaign, the Boilers still hold a top spot in the views of many. A win over Illinois won't vault Purdue into national title contender status, but winning by 23 is never a bad thing for the resume.

For the Illini, things were disastrous from the get-go. The Boilers used a big 16-3 run early in the game to establish a double-digit lead they didn't relinquish the rest of the way. That advantage grew as big as 16 in the first half as Purdue shot 60 percent over the first 20 minutes and splashed home five of their nine attempts from 3-point range. Swanigan made just one shot in the first, but Carsen Edwards and Haas scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Illinois, meanwhile, couldn't cut into that lead, shooting just 36.1 percent from the floor in the first half. The individual shooting numbers were bad all around, with Tracy Abrams 0-for-4, Jalen Coleman-Lands 1-for-5 and Leron Black 1-for-5.

Things didn't get any better for the visitors in the second half. Their shooting numbers improved marginally as time wore on, but the Boilers stayed red hot, shooting 60.7 percent after halftime. Haas and Swanigan stayed dominant, with 31 of their combined 46 points coming over the final 40 minutes.

Maverick Morgan finished as Illinois' leading scorer with 15 points. Malcolm Hill scored 12 points, and Te'Jon Lucas scored 10 points.

Carsen Edwards finished with 14 for Purdue, with Vincent Edwards adding 11 points and P.J. Thompson scoring 10 points.

It was an ugly showing for the Illini, who could find their NCAA tournament hopes fading fast. Illinois sits at 12-7 overall with a mere 2-4 record in Big Ten play, losers of four of its last six. Things don't get too much easier, with games against Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern upcoming. Three of those come away from Champaign, where the Illini are 3-5 this season.

Purdue bounced back from that road defeat at Iowa last week with Tuesday's win. The Boilers are 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference, looking like one of the league's top teams. Next up is a Saturday game against Penn State.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do Blackhawks need to make a trade now?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do Blackhawks need to make a trade now?

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