Scores

Final

Valparaiso 6

(0-1, 0-1 away)

W Illinois 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:32 PM ET, August 28, 2014

Hanson Field, Macomb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
VALP 0 0 0 66
WIU 14 10 14 745

Top Performers

Passing: T. Norvell (WIU) - 320 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Baker (WIU) - 17 CAR, 137 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Scott (WIU) - 4 REC, 67 YDS, 2 TD

Norvell throws W Illinois past Valparaiso, 45-6

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VALP
WIU
1st Downs1826
Total Yards277593
Passing174320
Rushing103273
Penalties2-1510-103
3rd Down Conversions6-186-12
4th Down Conversions3-52-3
Turnovers10
Possession35:1224:48

Passing Leaders

ValparaisoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ben Lehman18/271515.601
Scott Staal3/8232.900
Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Trenton Norvell20/2832011.440

Rushing Leaders

ValparaisoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brandon Hall14644.6114
Ben Lehman5153.007
Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
J.C. Baker171378.1128
Kyle Hammonds10565.6012

Receiving Leaders

ValparaisoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner Kuramata77610.9024
Andrew Cassara33812.7016
Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hi-C Scott46716.8238
Joey Borsellino45914.8033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVALPWIU
TD12:01J.C. Baker 6 Yd Run (Nathan Knuffman Kick)07
TD0:01Larry Harris 9 Yd pass from Trenton Norvell (Nathan Knuffman Kick)014
SECOND QUARTERVALPWIU
TD9:31Hi-C Scott 17 Yd pass from Trenton Norvell (Nathan Knuffman Kick)021
FG0:21Nathan Knuffman 24 Yd Field Goal 024
THIRD QUARTERVALPWIU
TD8:07Hi-C Scott 38 Yd pass from Trenton Norvell (Nathan Knuffman Kick)031
TD6:32J.C. Baker 40 Yd pass from Trenton Norvell (Nathan Knuffman Kick)038
FOURTH QUARTERVALPWIU
TD11:56Devon Moore 10 Yd Run (Nathan Knuffman Kick)045
TD2:33Brandon Hall 2 Yd Run (Jacob Newman PAT blocked)645