Northern Illinois started the season with a 23-20 loss to Boston College followed by a 38-10 victory over 1-AA Eastern Illinois. Against Boston College, a seven win team that defeated Maryland in last year’s Quick Care Bowl, the two teams were tied late in the fourth quarter until the Eagles kicked a field goal with two minutes for a 23-20 victory. Junior Ryan Graham started that game, but suffered a sprained right elbow late in the game. Graham will be out for another couple of weeks, with sophomore Daniel Santacaterina replacing him while he’s out. Against Eastern Illinois, Santacaterina completed 23 of 34 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Graham is a more mobile threat, rushing for 99 yards against BC, while Santacaterina rushed for just 14 yards last week against Eastern Illinois.

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