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Huskies pound Blue Hose

Joel Bouagnon ran for 97 yards and four touchdowns, and Northern Illinois beat Presbyterian College 55-3 on Thursday night in the season opener in DeKalb.

Northern Illinois 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
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.

Minnesota 42, Eastern Illinois 20: Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones, leading Minnesota to a win in Minneapolis.

Leidner finished 9-for-17 for 144 yards, David Cobb carried 14 times for 71 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 77 yards. He had an interception, though, and took two sacks on a mistake-marred night for the Panthers.

Leidner, a sophomore who's the unquestioned starting quarterback this season after making four starts during a sporadic job share last year with Philip Nelson, started slowly. Over Minnesota's first five possessions, Leidner completed just 3 of 8 passes for 24 yards while taking two sacks and losing a fumble.

Southern Illinois 45, Taylor 0: Malcolm Agnew ran for two long touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead the Salukis to win in Carbondale.

Agnew scored the Salukis' first two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 45 yards in the first quarter when Southern Illinois had a 228-40 edge in yards on its way to a total of 546.

Agnew finished with 145 yards rushing on seven carries and added 62 yards receiving on a screen pass from Mark Iannotti for a second-quarter score.

Iannotti, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, also threw 10 yards to MyCole Pruitt, for Iannotti's first collegiate touchdown pass. Iannotti was 11-for-16 for 181 yards passing, including an interception.

Southern Illinois, which tied for second last season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, returns nine starters on defense, and it showed against the NAIA Trojans, who had just 141 yards offense.

Western Illinois 45, Valparaiso 6: Trenton Norvell fired four touchdown passes, and J.C. Baker ran for 137 yards and scored twice to lead the Leathernecks to a win Macomb.

J.C. Baker scored from the 6 to cap the opening drive, and Norvell added his first TD pass, a 9-yard strike to Larry Harris, with 1 second left in the first quarter.

Norvell threw a pair of scoring passes to Hi-C Scott, finding him from 17 yards out in the second quarter and on a 38-yard pass in the third. Norvell added a 40-yard scoring pass to Baker in the third quarter.

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