Week 1 of the college football season continued it’s build-up on Friday night with eight more games, a couple of which featured serious drama. A Big Ten showdown between Illinois and Indiana came down to the wire before the Hoosiers escaped with a 23-20 victory courtesy of a 1-yard touchdown run from Shaun Shivers with 23 seconds left.
The go-ahead score marked Indiana’s first touchdown since early in the second quarter, and the Hoosiers fought to run the football all night against a stingy Illinois defensive front. But after the Illini settled for a field goal with 2:16 left to make it 20-16, the Indiana offense came to life in a two-minute drill situation. Missouri transfer quarterback Connor Bazelak led the decisive 75-yard scoring drive — the Hoosiers had just 70 yards in the second half to that point — and set up Shivers’ touchdown by completing 7 of 10 passes on the series.
In other Big Ten action, No. 15 Michigan State got a test from Western Michigan before emerging with a 35-13 win. The Spartans led 21-3 early in the second quarter before hitting a dry spell, allowing the Broncos to close to within one score late in the third quarter. Ultimately, Michigan State snapped back to life in the fourth quarter to avoid any late-game drama, but things were tense for a while in East Lansing, Michigan.
Though WMU’s upset bid came up short, there were a couple of unexpected results from the night. Old Dominion knocked off Virginia Tech 20-17 and William & Mary of the FCS upset Charlotte 41-24.
College football scores, schedule: Week 1
No. 15 Michigan State 35, Western Michigan 13 — Recap
Old Dominion 20, Virginia Tech 17 — Recap
Duke 30, Temple 0 — Recap
Indiana 23, Illinois 20 — Recap
TCU 38, Colorado 13 — Recap
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