NCAA Week 2: Huskies get first win; ISU stays unbeaten

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NCAA Week 2: Huskies get first win; ISU stays unbeaten

Huskies route Tennessee-Martin

DEKALB, Ill. -- Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns and threw for another score to lift Northern Illinois to a 35-7 win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night.

It was the 16th consecutive home victory for the Huskies (1-1), the defending champions of the Mid-American Conference. NIU lost to Iowa 18-17 last week at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Lynch had a 31-yard TD pass to Martel Moore and ran for scores of 1, 32 and 4 yards.

Jamal Womble scored on a 2-yard run on the Huskies' first drive and Leighton Settle ran for 106 yards for NIU, which led 21-0 at halftime. Lynch finished with 60 yards rushing and 214 yards passing.

Tennessee-Martin scored early in the fourth quarter on Derek Carr's 7-yard pass to Corey Jordan. Quentin Sims caught 10 passes for 152 yards for the Skyhawks (1-1), who won at Memphis last week - their first victory over an FBS school.

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Dunn leads Redbirds past E. Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Darrelynn Dunn continued a hot start to the season with 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Illinois State dominated the second half Saturday en route to a 31-14 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Dunn ran for 4-yard scores midway through the third quarter and with 1:08 left in the game as the Redbirds (2-0) outscored Eastern Michigan 21-0 after halftime. Dunn, a senior, has 256 yards rushing through two games, surpassing his 2011 total of 247.

Matt Brown added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Harden and finished with 155 yards passing, and Jonathon Miller ran for a 58-yard score.

For the second straight week, Alex Gillett was the offense for the Eagles (0-2). He threw for 145 yards and a touchdown to Garrett Hoskins and added a rushing score, but was intercepted three times. Through two games, Gillett has accounted for all six of Eastern Michigan's touchdowns.

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Western Illinois defeats Indianapolis

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Josh Hudson and Nikko Watson ran for touchdowns and Martinez Davis returned an interception for a score as Western Illinois defeated Indianapolis 27-17 on Saturday.

Davis picked off Chris Mills and returned the ball 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Leathernecks (2-0) a 24-14 lead in the third quarter. Western Illinois intercepted Mills four times, including twice in the fourth quarter.

Hudson was 14 of 20 passing for 140 yards with an interception. Caulton Ray ran for 99 yards on 19 attempts.

Klay Fiechter rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries for the Greyhounds (0-2), and Mills threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Mar'quone Edmonds in the third quarter to make the score 24-17. But Indianapolis, a Division II school, got no closer.

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Salukis can't stop Miami (OH)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Zac Dysert passed for 226 yards and a touchdown and two Pat Hinkel interceptions led to Miami (Ohio) scores as the RedHawks defeated Southern Illinois 30-14 Saturday.

Dysert, who completed 28 of 36 with no interceptions, started the scoring for Miami (1-1) with his 50th career touchdown pass, a 10-yarder to Andy Cruse in the first quarter. Cruse caught a career-high 12 passes for 60 yards.

The Salukis (0-2) answered by driving 71 yards in 10 plays, scoring on Mika'il McCall's 1-yard run. But on their next possession, Hinkel intercepted Kory Faulkner's pass at the SIU 24 and returned it for a touchdown and a 14-7 Miami lead.

After the RedHawks added a third-quarter field goal, Hinkel intercepted Faulkner again to put Miami at the SIU 27. A defensive holding penalty moved the ball to the 12 and Jamire Westbrook ran it in to make it 24-7 after three quarters.

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[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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