MACOMB, Ill. -- Trenton Norvell fired four touchdown passes and J.C. Baker ran for 137 yards and scored twice to lead Western Illinois to a 45-6 win over Valparaiso in the season opener for both schools Thursday night.
The kickoff was delayed briefly by lightning and the Leathernecks made up for lost time.
J.C. Baker scored from the 6 to cap the opening drive and Norvell added his first TD pass, a 9-yard strike to Larry Harris, with one second left in the first quarter.
Norvell threw a pair of scoring passes to Hi-C Scott, finding him from 17 yards out in the second quarter and on a 38-yard pass in the third. Norvell added a 40-yard scoring pass to Baker in the third quarter.
Brandon Hall scored from the 2 late in the game to prevent first-year Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini being shutout in his debut as a college head coach.
Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant turned a trick play into a touchdown in the final minutes, leading the Red Raiders past the Longhorns.
Todd McShay analyzes six college football players with something to prove this weekend, including Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, who will face Ohio State WR Michael Thomas on Saturday.
ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith explains how Michigan likes to pound away with the running game but is still be able to use a big-play passing attack with the same look offensively.
Munaweera wants to launch it down the ground... But he does not get hold of it. He can only skewer it to mid-on, where Shadman pouches it
Last season's 61-58 slugfest will be hard to top, but both Baylor and TCU still have much at stake as they meet Friday night.
Success on the ground could well dictate who controls this matchup, whose winner still has some shot at the College Football Playoff.
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