Bluffton drops season opener


First Posted: 9/6/2014

BLUFFTON — The host Beavers opened their season with a 40-20 loss to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

Bluffton’s Eric Fox rushed for 221 on 26 carries and ran for two touchdowns. The Beavers’ other TD came on a 20-yard pass from Nicholas Sheehan to Donovan Brown. Sheehan finished with 262 yards passing, completing 17 passes on 42 attempts. Bluffton’s Micah Roberson had six catches for 106 yards.

ONU 31, Wash. (Mo.) 24

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Ohio Northern overcame a nightmarish start and an early 17-0 deficit to defeat Washington (Mo.) 31-24 in the season opener Saturday at Francis Field.

The Polar Bears rolled up 492 yards of total offense and held the ball for more than 35 minutes after struggling during the first 17 minutes of the game.

Junior tailback Justin Magazine rushed 28 times for a career-high 154 yards and a score and junior receiver/kick returner Devon Price caught eight passes for 130 yards and a TD and finished with 220 all-purpose yards to lead the Polar Bear offense.

Senior quarterback Patrick Angle also had an outstanding day, shaking off an early interception to finish 18-for-24 passing for 220 yards and a score and ran 14 times for 75 yards and two scores.

Penn St. 21, Akron 3

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — James Franklin gave no one the run-around about Penn State’s running game during his post-game analysis: It must get better, he said.

But Christian Hackenberg was able to throw for three touchdowns — two to Jesse James — and 319 yards and Penn State was able to overcome three turnovers and an inconsistent rushing attack to hold off Akron and give Franklin his first coaching victory at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions (2-0) totaled 425 yards total offense but two interceptions and a fumble kept Akron (1-1) within reach until late in the game. Hackenberg set a school record for most yardage in back-to-back games with 773 yards.

Akron held Penn State to 106 yards on 31 carries, including 45 yards from Akeel Lynch, mostly from the Wildcat offense on direct snaps.

Bowling Green 48, VMI 7

BOWLING GREEN — Travis Greene ran for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Bowling Green to a win against Virginia Military Institute.

On the Falcons’ first possession, Greene ran seven times for 53 yards and quarterback James Knapke punched in a 1-yard touchdown run. Greene scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter and Bowling Green (1-1) had a 34-7 lead at halftime.

S. Alabama 23, Kent State 13

KENT — Jay Jones raced 23 yards inside the final 2 minutes to score his second touchdown as South Alabama fended off Kent State.

Eastern Kentucky 17,

Miami (Ohio) 10

OXFORD — Jeff Glover threw one pass, but it was enough to give Eastern Kentucky a 17-10 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Glover, a wide receiver, took the ball on a reverse and hit Deno Montgomery with a 43-yard scoring strike to give Eastern Kentucky (2-0), an FCS school, the victory over FBS Miami (0-2). The RedHawks have now lost 18 consecutive games. Their last victory was a 23-20 win over Ohio on October 27, 2012.

Kentucky 20, Ohio 3

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 170 yards and rushed for 59 more to lead the Wildcats over Ohio.

Towles completed 17 of 31 passes and one touchdown and led the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2011. Although Kentucky’s offense wasn’t as explosive as last week’s 59-14 rout of Tennessee Martin, it was enough to help the Wildcats avenge a 28-16 loss to the Bobcats in 2004.