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Kristofer Green

Results for the early Big Ten match-ups on Saturday, September 5.

No. 6 Ohio State 31 -- Navy 27

The Buckeyes had their hands full with a Navy team that fought to the end. The Midshipmen had their upset hopes dashed when Brian Rolle intercepted Ricky Dobbs on a two point conversion attempt and returned it for two the other way.


No. 9 Penn State 31 -- Akron 7

The Nittany Lions didn't necessarily look sharp, but it didn't matter in a rout of Akron. While Darryl Clark was fantastic (save a poorly thrown ball that was intercepted) and the new receivers impressed, the running game sputtered to ony 136  yards on 30 carries.


No. 22 Iowa 17 -- Northern Iowa 16

The Hawkeyes needed not one, but two blocked field goal attempts to stave off upset minded Northern Iowa. Ricky Stanzi had 242 yards passing for Iowa, who trailed 13-10 before Stanzi found tight end Tony Moeaki for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:18 left in the game.
Northwestern 47 -- Towson 14

Mike Kafka led three touchdown drives in the first quarter and passed for a career-high 192 yards while Andrew Brewer added a career-high 145 yards receiving, including a 72-yard touchdown. The Wildcats scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and then got a safety while building a 30-0 lead.


Michigan State 44 -- Montana State 3


The Spartans overpowered their first-ever opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision as Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes and Keith Nichol tossed two more in the rout. Montana State struggled to move the ball against an aggressive, swarming Michigan State defense led by linebacker Greg Jones with 14 tackles.


Minnesota 23 -- Syracuse 20 OT

The Gophers got off to a quick start, but trailed 20-14 at the half. Minnesota's defense came to the rescue, holding Syracuse to no points in the second half or overtime. Minnesota's golden duo didn't disappoint as Adam Weber went 19-for-42 for 248 yards and Eric Decker had nine catches for 183 yards.
 

Purdue 52 -- Toledo 31

First year Purdue coach Danny Hope had his team ready to play against a scrappy Toledo team. Ralph Bolden ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns, Joey Elliott passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns (and three interceptions) and Carson Wiggs set a school record with a 59-yard field goal.

First and Big Ten will have details on every Big Ten team later today. Stay Tuned...

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