NORMAL, Ill. -- Darrelynn Dunn had 127 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Matt Brown threw for three more scores and Illinois State dominated Dayton 56-14 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Cameron Hunt added 120 yards rushing, including an 82-yard score in the fourth quarter, for the Redbirds in the first meeting between the schools.
Dunn, a senior, surpassed his touchdown total from 2011, when he ran for 247 yards and three scores after transferring from Iowa Central Community College. Brown completed 22 of his 34 passes for 192 yards, finding Lechein Neblett for two scores and Phil Dudley for one.
Will Bardo was 7 of 21 for 96 yards passing and the Flyers' only offensive score, a 17-yarder to Branden Johnson. Gary Hunter returned a punt 77 yards for the other Dayton touchdown, and Pat Meehan returned a blocked punt 10 yards to cap the scoring for Illinois State.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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