DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Joel Bouagnon ran for 97 yards and four touchdowns as Northern Illinois beat Presbyterian College 55-3 last night in the season opener for both FBS schools. Northern Illinois scored on its first possession with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matt McIntosh to Da'Ron Brown. Heys McMath completed 8 of 14 passes for 27 yards.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones to lead Minnesota to a season-opening 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois last night. Leidner finished 9 for 17 with 144 yards. Jalen Whitlow went 14 for 23 passing for 110 yards and rushed 19 times for 77 yards.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Malcolm Agnew ran for two long touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Southern Illinois over Taylor 45-0 last night in a season opener. Agnew scored the Salukis' first two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 45 yards in the first quarter. Agnew finished with 145 yards rushing on seven carries and added 62 yards receiving on a screen pass from Mark Iannotti.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - J.C. Baker ran for 137 yards and scored twice to lead Western Illinois to a 45-6 win over Valparaiso in the season opener for both schools last night. Trenton Norvell fired four touchdown passes. Brandon Hall scored from the 2 late in the game to prevent first-year Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini being shutout in his debut as a college head coach.
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