Four quarterbacks received meaningful reruns in the rare week 1 Big Ten matchup on Thursday night between Purdue and Northwestern. The win was to win the last few minutes in a slow northwest victory with a score of 31-27. The Wildcats' win marked their ninth consecutive victory, dating back to 2017, when Purdue lost for the first time since his last meeting with Northwestern on November 11th of last year.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson, just eight months away from a torn ACL in the Music City Bowl, started in West Lafayette and finished the night, completing 1
The Wildcats scored all their points in the first two quarters of the game, going into halftime 31-17 via a Purdue The defense is still adapting to the loss of most of the 2017 starters. The unit opted for the second half of the match and failed, while the Boilermakers' offensive – especially in the hands of quarterback David Blough after Elijah Sindelar's three early interceptions – reduced the deficit to four points. But the Wildcats Defense came in big in the fourth quarter, forcing two straight punts from Purdue on drives of nine and then -4 yards, and the offense melted the last 7:57 pm via a 14-play drive that was expanded by one pointless personal foul penalty for Purdue Lineman Lorenzo Neal on a third and 11th
Both injury team quarterbacks looked the same, making it difficult to draw too long-lasting conclusions for the remainder of the season Play big ten. Thorson, who might be one of the most intriguing names for next spring's draft, played a clean, if inconspicuous, game and did not devote much of his chances to completing the defeats. For Purdue, whose offense under Brohm may be one of the funniest in the sport, both Blough and Sindelar still seemed to be making their respective advances. The Boilermakers tried one of their flea flackers on Thursday night – resulting in an incomplete pass.
Of course, the first Big Ten matchup of the year was not the only game of the night. Here's what else happened:
Tulane Wake Forest gives us a glimpse of overtime
The most arresting game of Thursday night was not necessarily the most likely candidate; In New Orleans, Tulane approached a Power 5 win over Wake Forest just to play a boring overtime series and give up a touchdown in the first possession of the Demon Deacons, 23:17. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest's rookie quarterback, was 378 yards ahead of a Tulane defense that held up much of the night. For the Green Wave Offensive in the third season of coach Willie Fritz, quarterback Jonathan Banks wore too much of the load, but he could connect twice with Receiver Terren Encalade for a first 52- and then a 74-yard touchdown. McKenzie Milton's Heisman Campaign Begins Seriously
UCF spent the first half of the offseason at the 2017 National Championship Celebration Draw and the second half of the offseason as returning quarterback McKenzie Milton as the Heisman Dark Horse Trophy in response to Milton's Hawaiian roots, he sent Leis to national media members. Milton's first game, led by new head coach Josh Heupel, calmed any fears that his hopes of overthrowing the Heisman party in New York City in December, when Scott Frost took over the job in Nebraska,
In a 56 -17, who worked for UConn, Milton, finished 24-of-32 through the air for 346 yards and five touchdowns and added 50 rushing yards on seven wears to help extend the Knights FBS-leading winning streak to 14 games. Heupel's offensive, which put Drew Lock at the top of many SEC Passing categories last season, brought as many UCF playmakers into space as Frost's much-praised scheme.
FCS scares  It's not Week 1 without one or two FCS teams making things interesting against a FBS opponent. Georgia State found itself in a 14-0 first-half hole against its Atlanta rival Kennesaw State, who made the FCS playoffs last year before battling for a 24-20 win, his first lead of the game with 41 seconds to go go to Diondre Champaigne on an eight-yard fade.
Elsewhere in Sun Belt teams faced FCS-FBS opener, Louisiana's Monroe Southern Louisiana Trail for long stretches of the match on Thursday night, before Warhawks quarterback Caleb Evans led seven-game, 63-yard drive in the last two minutes and it ran out in 11 yards with 37 seconds left. Louisiana Monroe still had to block a game-binding field goal when time ran out to pull out a 34-31 win.
And of course, just as these two teams flanked their capped, San Jose State fell into a two-touchdown hole against UC Davis. The Spartans attempted to save face, shooting at 1:24 in the game to reduce the lead to a ball, but the Aggies scored 44:38. UC Davis Freshman Raced Ulonzo Gilliam confiscated the SJSU defense for 191 total yards and three touchdowns.
Texas A & M's $ 75 million man enjoyed a painless home opener against the northwestern state. Trayveon Williams broke for a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter on his way to 240 yards on the ground, quarterback Kellen Moon found dense end Jace Sternberger twice for touchdowns that cruised the second quarter and the Aggies from there too a 59-7 victory. The level of difficulty will increase slightly next week as Clemson comes to College Station.