NCAA Roundup: NIU rolls in season opener, EIU stumbles

NCAA Roundup: NIU rolls in season opener, EIU stumbles
August 28, 2014, 11:00 pm
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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Joel Bouagnon ran for 97 yards and four touchdowns and Northern Illinois beat Presbyterian College 55-3 on Thursday night in the season opener for both FBS schools.

Northern Illinois, of the Mid-Atlantic Conference, scored on its first possession with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matt McIntosh to Da'Ron Brown, igniting a 55-point spree before Presbyterian of the Big South Conference was able to post its only points on a field goal with 6 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

As expected, the Huskies split quarterback duties between McIntosh and Drew Hare, who took over in the second half. Hare and McIntosh threw for one touchdown each. Northern Illinois outgained the Blue Hose 635 to 127 in total yardage, including 424 yards on the ground as the Huskies extended its home stadium winning streak to a nation-leading 27 games.

Heys McMath completed 8 of 14 passes for 27 yards, while LaQua Mayes ran for 31 yards for Presbyterian.

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EIU no match for Minnesota in opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones, leading Minnesota to a season-opening 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.

Leidner finished 9 for 17 with 144 yards, David Cobb carried 14 times for 78 yards and the defense delivered a punishing performance to overwhelm the Panthers, a perennial FCS power facing the Gophers for the first time.

Jalen Whitlow, a transfer from Kentucky, went 14 for 23 passing for 110 yards and rushed 19 times for 92 yards. He had an interception, though, and took two sacks on a mistake-marred night for the Panthers.

Eric Murray blocked a punt near the goal line for the Gophers that Logan Hutton grabbed for a three-touchdown lead.

Minnesota's Berkley Edwards, the brother of former Michigan and NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, ran for two late scores in his first career game.

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