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Ball State football defensive end Anthony Winbush was named the Mid-American Conference West Defensive Player of the Week following his career game in Saturday's season opener at Illinois.

Jamal Milan's big paw blocked a late field goal from Ball State to seal Illinois' 24-21 win in its season opener. After missing the last two seasons due to knee injuries, junior wide receiver Mike Dudek didn't waste any time in his first game back.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 314 yards and junior placekicker Jameson Vest kicked a career-best four field goals to lead Toledo to a 47-13 victory over Elon in the season opener for both teams at the Glass Bowl Thursday night.

Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck's first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday night.

Kent State kicks off its 95th season of football Saturday, visting defending national champion Clemson in a first-time meeting between the two programs. The Golden Flashes return 53 letterwinners, including three All-Mid-American Conference selections on defense. No. 5 in preseason polls, the Tigers will play at Memorial Stadium for the first time since winning their national title in January.