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Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am

State

Thunder get win in home opener

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Dylan Dowling rushed 22 times for 85 yards and three touchdowns, leading Trine's football team to a 21-16 victory over Concordia Wisconsin on Saturday in Angola.

It was the home opener on new turf at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.

Dowling, a first-year starter, has totaled 267 yards and seven touchdowns in three games, all victories by the Thunder.

His final touchdown Saturday, off a 3-yard run, put Trine up 21-3 with 9:50 remaining in the third quarter.

Brandon Winters completed 10 of 14 passes for 228 yards with an interception, and he rushed 18 times for 57 yards.

Seth Boggs caught three passes for 111 yards for Trine.

SAINT FRANCIS 29, ROBERT MORRIS 16: At Arlington Heights, Illinois, the third-ranked Cougars improved to 2-0 and Robert Morris (Illinois) dropped to 1-2.

INDIANA STATE 16, EASTERN ILLINOIS 6: At Terre Haute, Kurtis Wilderman threw for 186 yards and a touchdown as the Sycamores took an early lead and held it.

The Sycamores (2-2) were up 3-0 when Wilderman hit Rontrez Morgan for a 69-yard score with :33 left in the first quarter.

Jerry Nunez kicked his second of three field goals late in the second quarter and Indiana State led 13-0 at halftime.

Wilderman also led the Sycamores' ground game, running for 50 yards on 15 carries. Morgan caught four passes for 90 yards receiving.

The Sycamores outgained Eastern Illinois 343-200 yards.

The Panthers (0-4) had four turnovers during the game, including Harry Woodbery's two interceptions. Woodbery – who replaced starting QB Johnathan Brantley late in the first half – was 8-of-22 passing for 63 yards and ran for the Panthers only score.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 34, BALL STATE 23: At Raleigh, North Carolina, Drew Plitt completed 35 of 57 passes for 333 yards and one interception for the Cardinals (1-3) in the loss.

Justin Hall had eight catches for 73 yards and Riley Miller had eight catches for 70 yards for the Cardinals.

North Carolina State (3-1) got 175 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns from Matt McCay.