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Big 10 Roundup : Wisconsin Stunned by Western Michigan

From Times Wire Services

Dave Kruse passed 22 yards to Walter Cade for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and Rob Davis ran for 136 yards and 2 scores Saturday as Western Michigan rallied for a 24-14 upset win over Wisconsin at Madison, Wis.

Western Michigan’s victory in the season opener for both schools was its first ever over a Big Ten opponent in 12 attempts and came after the Broncos fell behind, 11-0, after one quarter and trailed, 11-7, at halftime.

Kruse drove the Broncos 85 yards on the first series of the second half as Davis had 4 straight carries for 45 yards. Kruse capped the drive with the touchdown pass to Cade for a 14-11 lead.

Wisconsin quarterback Otis Flowers fumbled trying to pitch on the first play after the kickoff and Western’s Joel Smeenge recovered at the Badger 17. Davis carried 2 yards for the touchdown 3 plays later and Western led, 21-11, with 8:58 left in the quarter.

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Wisconsin freshman Rich Thompson kicked a 36-yard field goal with 11:34 left to cut the margin to 21-14, but Western’s John Creek connected on a 35-yarder with 1:32 remaining to put the Broncos back up by 10.

Thompson’s 52-yard field goal and Steve Vinci’s 60-yard touchdown run, one play after LaMarr White blocked a Western Michigan field-goal attempt, gave the Badgers a 9-0 lead in the first quarter.

Western was called for a clip on the ensuing kickoff and Dan Batsch tackled Kruse in the end zone for a safety, making it 11-0.

Wisconsin took the free kick and drove to the Broncos’ 3-yard line, but Flowers fumbled on fourth and one and Terry Crews recovered for Western.

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Kruse hit Bruce Boyko with a 22-yard pass midway through the second quarter and Davis carried 19 yards for a Western touchdown that made it 11-7 with 7:48 remaining in the half.

Kruse completed 22 of 40 passes for 247 yards and had 1 interception.

Duke 31, Northwestern 21--Anthony Dilweg passed for 353 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Randy Jones scored on a pair of 1-yard runs as the Blue Devils knocked off the Wildcats at Evanston, Ill.

Dilweg completed 29 of 40 passes.

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Northwestern quarterback Greg Bradshaw completed 17 of 30 passes for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to wide receiver Richard Buchanan, but Bradshaw also was sacked 5 times.

The Blue Devils opened a 28-0 lead before Northwestern could get on the scoreboard. The Wildcats gained just 2 yards on the ground in the first half, which ended with Duke leading, 28-7.


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