The Big Ten : Northwestern Gives Missouri a Sacking; Illinois Gets a Scare

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Mike Greenfield threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Curtis Duncan, and Stan Davenport ran for a pair of touchdowns as Northwestern surprised Missouri, 27-23, at Columbia, Mo.

Stanley Davenport scored two touchdowns, and John Duvic kicked two field as the Wildcats (1-1) won their first nonconference game in three years and beat Missouri for the first time since 1963.

The defeat spoiled the Missouri debut of Coach Woody Widenhofer.

Northwestern sacked quarterback Marlon Adler eight times for 48 yards in losses.

A five-yard touchdown pass from Greenfield to Duncan with 5:20 left gave the Wildcats a 27-20 lead. The scoring drive took 15 plays, covered 83 yards and lasted 6:07.


Duvic’s 42-yard field goal at 13:38 in the fourth quarter put Northwestern ahead for good, 20-17. Cornerback Todd Krehbiel intercepted an Adler pass and returned it 19 yards to the Missouri 46 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter to set up the field goal.

Greenfield completed 22 of 31 passes for 220 yards.

Missouri scored on Adler’s two-yard pass to fullback Ed Esson with two seconds left in the game. A two-point conversion try failed.

The Wildcats, 27-point underdogs, shocked the Tigers by taking a 17-0 lead on drives of 75, 85 and 72 yards in the first half. Davenport scored on runs of one and two yards, and Duvic kicked a 31-yard field goal.

The Tigers fought back to tie the game, 17-17, as Adler scored on a six-yard run on the final play of the first half, Tom Whelihan kicked a 35-yard field goal and Manny Henry ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 7:04 left in the third quarter.

Iowa 58, Drake 0--Chuck Long passed for two touchdowns and Ronnie Harmon ran for two more as the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes, exploding for 37 points in the third quarter, routed the Bulldogs at Iowa City.

Iowa had a 7-0 lead when Long connected with Harmon on a 60-yard pass play that set up a four-yard touchdown pass to Scott Helverson with two seconds left in the first half.

The Hawkeyes capitalized on two fumbles by Drake and a bad center snap on a punt. They scored on all five third-quarter possessions. The 37 points was the most scored by Iowa in one period.

Harmon started the outburst with touchdown runs of two and six yards, and Rob Houghtlin kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 30-0. Iowa reeled off three more touchdowns in the next four minutes.

Kevin Harmon, Ronnie’s brother, scored on a two-yard run, David Hudson ran 10 yards for a touchdown and Helverson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mark Vlasic, giving the Hawkeyes 44 points in 13 minutes 12 seconds.

Long completed 21 of 31 passes for 248 yards.

Illinois 28, Southern Illinois 25--Kicker Ron Miller missed a last-minute 48-yard field goal attempt as the Illini escaped with a victory at Champaign, Ill.

Heavily favored Illinois (1-1) scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull put the victory. Jack Trudeau passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Thomas Rooks rushed for 137 yards and another score.

Division I-AA Southern Illinois (1-2) drove from its 20-yard line to the Illini 24 in 10 plays late in the game, but quarterback Kevin Brown was forced from the pocket and sacked for a seven-yard loss on third down. Miller, who earlier made a 45-yard attempt, came up just short on his 48-yard try.

Minnesota 28, Wichita State 14--Quarterback Rickey Foggie ran 15 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns and completed 8 of 10 passes for 151 yards as the Gophers came from 14 points down to beat the Shockers at Minneapolis.

Foggie scrambled for a five-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 21-14 lead 2:44 into the third quarter. The Gophers’ Gary Couch ran eight yards for a score later in the third quarter.

The Shockers (1-1) drove 80 yards in their first 14 plays, with Eric Denson scoring on a two-yard run 5:50 into the game. Wichita State took a 14-0 lead after Couch fumbled a punt. The Shockers recovered on Minnesota’s one-yard line and Dwight Eaton scored from there with 2:08 gone in the second quarter.

Foggie ran 11 yards for a touchdown and hit Melvin Anderson with a 32-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at halftime.

Wisconsin 38, Northern Illinois 17--Larry Emery and Tim Fullington each scored two touchdowns as the Badgers overran the Huskies at Madison, Wis.

Emery, a junior tailback coming off a knee injury, scored on runs of 47 and 13 yards in Wisconsin’s first two possessions. Emery gained 122 yards in 17 carries.

Sophomore wide receiver Fullington caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Bud Keyes, filling in for injured starter Mike Howard, and had a 95-yard kickoff return.