Evanston, Ill. — Daniel Jones dropped back to pass when he got driven to the ground by a blindside hit.
He came down on his left side and left the game with an injured clavicle, which could mean a lengthy absence for the star quarterback and a huge loss for Duke.
Jones threw for three touchdowns before getting knocked out of the game, and the Blue Devils beat Northwestern, 21-7, on Saturday.
Coach David Cutcliffe said it “doesn’t look great” and was bracing for his quarterback to miss a big chunk of time. He added Jones would be examined when the team returned home.
Cutcliffe doesn’t expect star cornerback Mark Gilbert to return anytime soon, either, after he exited with an injury to the left hip area in the second quarter.
Those were two big losses on a day when the Blue Devils (2-0) beat the Wildcats (1-1) again after pounding them at home last year.
Jones passed for three touchdowns in the second quarter but left the game after he was sacked by Joe Gaziano at the end of the third. Quentin Harris played the fourth.
Jones completed 16 of 22 passes for 192 yards in another big game against Northwestern. He accounted for 413 total yards and four touchdowns in last year’s 41-17 romp.
“He was playing lights out,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s prepared hard. And that preparation, you can visibly see it. Anybody can see it. A lot of confidence. He’s not through, so we’ll be cranking it up moving forward.”
Jonathan Lloyd had 94 yards receiving, including a 52-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Davis Koppenhaver had a one-handed touchdown grab late in the first half, and the Blue Devils won for the 21st time in 24 games against non-Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson was 22 of 38 for 198 yards and an interception in his second game back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He again shared time with TJ Green, who went 9 for 18 for 84 yards and an interception.
Thorson said he was feeling good after taking some hits to the lower body. But the medical staff is determining his playing time.
“I wish I had control over that,” Thorson said. “I’m just told whether or not (Thorson) is in or (Thorson) is out.”
Jeremy Larkin ran for 121 yards and a touchdown after going for a career-high 143 in the opener against Purdue. Flynn Nagel had 12 catches for 133 yards — both personal bests. But the Wildcats lost for the first time since Penn State beat them last Oct. 7.
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(At) No. 4 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 3: Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history.
Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty afternoon. The Buckeyes, playing in their second game without suspended coach Urban Meyer, piled up 579 offensive yards.
Meyer was back conducting practices this week but will miss one more game — next week’s prime-time clash with No. 16 TCU — to finish out his three-game suspension for mismanaging fired assistant coach Zach Smith, who was accused to domestic abuse and other misbehavior. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day ran the show again and had few reasons to fret, save for the 11 penalties that cost Ohio State 131 yards.
Rutgers is 1-1.
(At) No. 5 Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14: Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive.
A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score to help the Badgers (2-0) win their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
With the Lobos (1-1) down to third-string quarterback Sheriron Jones because of injuries, the Badgers converted two turnovers into touchdowns in a 5-minute span in the third quarter.
(No. 5) Penn State 56, (at) Pittsburgh 6: Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 13 Penn State pulled away for a victory over sloppy Pittsburgh.
KJ Hamler ran 32 yards for a score and hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from McSorley as the Nittany Lions (2-0) bounced back from an opening week scare against Appalachian State to dominate their 99th meeting with the Panthers (1-1). McSorley finished 14-of-30 for 145 yards in the rain at soggy Heinz Field.
Penn State running back Miles Sanders ran for 118 yards, and DeAndre Thompson returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown.
That was more than enough to beat Pitt in what could be the Nittany Lions’ last trip to Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. There are no plans for the rivalry to continue beyond next year’s game at Beaver Stadium.
Pitt did plenty to help Penn State pull away. The Panthers were flagged 14 times for 116 yards — including an unsportsmanlike call on head coach Pat Narduzzi — turned it over three times and provided no response when the Nittany Lions got serious.
Colorado 33, (at) Nebraska 28: Steven Montez connected with Laviska Shenault Jr. for a 40-yard touchdown with 1:06 to play and Colorado’s defense held at the end, allowing the Buffaloes to spoil Scott Frost’s debut as the Cornhuskers’ coach.
There was no lack of drama in the teams’ first meeting since 2010, the last season in the Big 12 for both.
Colorado got the ball for the last time with 2:23 left after Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez went out of the game because of an injury.
Montez moved the Buffaloes from their 23 to the Nebraska 41 before Ben Stille sacked him to set up a third-and-19 that became third and 24 after a false start. Montez overthrew Jay MacIntyre over the middle, but safety Aaron Williams was called for a personal foul for hitting the defenseless MacIntyre.
Given new life, Montez hit Shenault along the right sideline for the go-ahead score.
Martinez, the first Nebraska true freshman to start at quarterback in an opener, ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 187 yards and another score. Martinez was injured on a short run with 3:29 left and had to be helped off the field.
(At) Iowa 13, Iowa State 3: Mekhi Sargent scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 4:47 left and Iowa beat Iowa State for the fourth year in a row.
Miguel Recinos added a pair of field goals for the Hawkeyes (2-0). Iowa’s winning streak over the Cyclones (0-1) is the longest since the Hawkeyes took 15 straight from 1983-97.
The latest matchup between these two instate rivals was mostly a slog between what could be two of the better defenses in the country. But Iowa finally put together a decent drive when it mattered most by going 83 yards in 13 plays — highlighted by a 30-yard reception by Brandon Smith to set up Sargent’s touchdown.
Kyle Kempt threw for 126 yards for Iowa State before leaving with what appeared to be a leg injury, and Iowa held the Cyclones to 188 yards overall.
Maryland 45, (at) Bowling Green 14: Tayon Fleet-Davis rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Ty Johnson had 124 yards and another score as Maryland (2-0) broke out in the second half.
With Bowling Green (0-1) leading 14-10 at halftime, Maryland ripped off 35 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to the easy win. Maryland overcame 14 penalties for 139 yards.
Maryland, which upset Texas last week, piled up 565 yards in total offense but didn’t take the lead until there was 4:31 left in the third quarter. The Terps defense held Bowling Green to 158 total yards, including just 15 rushing and sacked quarterback Jarret Doege five times.
(At) Indiana 20, Virginia 16: Stevie Scott bowled through Virginia’s defense on a soggy night, rushing 31 times for 204 yards and one touchdown in his first college start to lead the Hoosiers to victory.
He nearly broke Anthony Thompson’s single-game school record for a true freshman. Thompson ran for 207 yards in 1986.
Indiana (2-0) won its fifth straight regular season game against a nonconference foe despite being shut out in the second half.
Peyton Ramsey was 16-of-22 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Hoosiers.
Virginia (1-1) was led by Bryce Perkins, who was 12-of-24 for 106 yards with two TDs while running 25 times for 123 yards. He became the first Cavaliers quarterback to top 100 yards rushing in back-to-back games since Hall of Famer Bill Dudley in 1941.
(At) Minnesota 21, Fresno State 14: Seth Green ran for two short touchdowns, including the winning 3-yard score late in the fourth quarter, and Antione Winfield Jr. sealed the game with an interception off a trick play in the end zone as Minnesota held off Fresno State.
One first-and-goal from the 4 with 1:18 to play, Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion handed off to fullback Josh Hokit, who floated a pass toward Jared Rice in the corner of the end zone. But Winfield reached back with both hands, snagged the ball and somehow got his foot down in bounds for the touchback.
Gophers true freshman Zack Annexstad completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards, but struggled to find a rhythm after losing starting running back Rodney Smith to a first-quarter injury.
McMaryion threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns, including a 45-yard score to KeeSean Johnson with 8:20 to play to give Fresno State a 14-13 lead.
(At) Illinois 34, Western Illinois 14: Illinois quarterback AJ Bush injured his left leg in the first quarter and didn’t return. M.J. Rivers finished the game, providing a needed spark for an Illinois offense that’s had trouble getting started early in both games this season.
Bush’s injury didn’t appear serious.
Rivers was 9-of-16 for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois (2-0). Mike Epstein rushed for 105 yards on eight carries. Reggie Corbin ran for 63 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.
Sean McGuire went 24 for 36 for 276 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Western Illinois (0-2). Tony Tate rushed for 41 yards to lead the Leathernecks.
Illinois also lost wide receiver Edwin Carter, injured while making his second touchdown catch of the game. Carter was seeing more playing time Saturday because of the season-ending injury to star receiver Mike Dudek last week.