Zack Moss ran for a touchdown, and Chase Hanson added another score on a late interception return as unranked Utah extended its nonconference winning streak to 21 with a 17-6 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday night in DeKalb.
Tyler Huntley was 20-for-31 passing for 286 yards as the Utes (2-0) remained unbeaten in nonconference games since 2012 and improved to 28-1 since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Marcus Childers passed for 111 yards, while kicker Andrew Gantz had a pair of field goals for the Huskies (0-2).
Huntley set up Utah’s go-ahead touchdown with a 41-yard third-quarter strike to Jaylen Dixon to the Northern Illinois 35. Seven plays later, Moss, a junior running back, scored from the 1 for his second touchdown of the season as the Utes claimed their first lead at 7-3.
The Huskies narrowed the margin to 7-6 on a 27-yard Gantz field goal with 6:51 left after a promising drive stalled at the Utes 9.
Matt Gay’s 40-yard field goal opened a 10-6 lead with 4:38 showing. Hanson’s 22-yard interception return two minutes later capped the scoring.
Illinois 34, W. Illinois 14: The Illini’s victory over the Leathernecks at Memorial Stadium came with a price.
Illinois quarterback AJ Bush injured his left leg in the first quarter and didn’t return. M.J. Rivers finished the game, providing a needed spark for an Illinois offense that’s had trouble getting started early in both games this season.
Rivers was 9-for-16 for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois (2-0). Mike Epstein rushed for 105 yards on eight carries. Reggie Corbin ran for 63 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.
Sean McGuire went 24-for-36 for 276 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Western Illinois (0-2). Tony Tate rushed for 41 yards to lead the Leathernecks.
Iowa 13, Iowa St. 3: Mekhi Sargent scored on a 2-yard TD run with 4:47 left as the Hawkeyes beat the Cyclones at Kinnick Stadium for their fourth straight win in the Cy-Hawk series.
Miguel Recinos added a pair of field goals for the Hawkeyes (2-0). Iowa’s winning streak over the Iowa State (0-1) is the longest since the Hawkeyes took 15 straight from 1983-97.
Kyle Kempt threw for 126 yards for Iowa State before leaving with what coach Matt Campbell described as a “dinged” MCL in his left knee. David Montgomery ran for just 44 yards on 17 carries.
Duke 21, Northwestern 7: Daniel Jones threw for three touchdowns before leaving the game with an apparent injury, and the Blue Devils beat the Wildcats in Evanston.
Jones finished 16-for-22 for 192 yards, propelling the Blue Devils (2-0) to another victory over the Wildcats (1-1) after pounding them at home last year. But he got driven to the turf on a sack by Joe Gaziano at the end of the third and was replaced by Quentin Harris early in the fourth.
Jonathan Lloyd had 94 yards receiving, including a 52-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Davis Koppenhaver had a one-handed TD grab late in the first half, and the Blue Devils won for the 21st time in 24 non-conference games.
Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson was 22-for-38 for 198 yards and an interception in his second game back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He again shared time with TJ Green, who went 9-for-18 for 84 yards and an interception.
Jeremy Larkin ran for 121 yards and a Northwestern touchdown after going for a career-high 143 in the opener against Purdue. Flynn Nagel had 12 catches for 133 yards both career bests. But the Wildcats lost for the first time since Penn State beat them last Oct. 7.
No. 8 Notre Dame 24, Ball St. 16: Jalen Elliott had a pair of interceptions that the eight-ranked Fighting Irish turned into touchdowns, and they held off stubborn Ball State on a day when their offense was frustrated much of the game.
The Irish (2-0), coming off an emotional 24-17 season-opening victory over Michigan, looked lackluster against the Mid-American Conference foe whose campus in Muncie is a 2½-hour drive. The Cardinals (1-1) also played nothing like the 34½-point underdogs they were labeled in the schools’ first meeting in football.
After going the entire 2017 season and last week without an interception by a safety, Elliott picked off a pair of Riley Neal passes that the offense converted into a pair of rushing touchdowns of 31 and 1 yards by junior Tony Jones Jr. for a 21-6 lead in the third quarter.
Following a 46-yard field goal by Justin Yoon that gave the Irish a 24-6 lead going into the fourth quarter, Nolan Givan caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Neal, who threw for 180 yards but completed just 23 of 50 passes. A 49-yard field goal by Ball State’s Morgan Hagee, his third of the game, closed out the scoring.
The Cardinals’ 3-4 defense frustrated senior Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who threw for 297 yards, but finished with minus-7 yards rushing as Ball State registered four sacks and picked off three of his passes.