Trenton Norvell threw for two touchdowns and J.C. Baker ran for two more as Western Illinois cruised to its second straight victory, defeating Quincy 34-6 on Saturday.
Baker scored on a 43-yard run in the first quarter and the Fighting Leathernecks (2-0) of the Missouri Valley Conference were never headed. Baker also had a 9-yard TD run. Baker rushed for 144 yards on 14 carries.
Norvell had touchdown passes of 25 yards to Hi-C Scott and 4 yards to Kyle Robiskie. Norvell finished with 278 yards on 24-of-34 passing. WIU had 549 total yards, but also endured 160 yards in penalties.
Rock Island graduate Nikko Watson rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown, his second of the young season, for the Leathernecks.
Northern Iowa 45, Drake, 14: David Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth consecutive game and Northern Iowa's offense was too much for Drake in a 45-14 win on Saturday night.
Northern Iowa (2-0) used 31 first-half points and a stingy defense to defeat Drake (0-2) a week after opening the season with a road victory against Iowa State.
Johnson scored for the 11th consecutive game, producing 143 yards rushing and one touchdown on a 65-yard scamper to lead a balanced offensive attack for the Panthers.
Six Northern Iowa players scored a touchdown, including linebacker Jake Farley who recovered a fumble and returned it 20 yards to open the scoring for the Panthers.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.