EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- C.J. Bacher threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as Northwestern beat Northeastern 27-0 on Saturday.
Bacher, a junior who missed six games last fall with a stress fracture in his left leg, was 23-of-28 for 243 yards and capped the Wildcats' opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Northwestern (1-0) claimed its first shutout since 1997 in the non-conference game and first meeting between the schools. Wildcat junior running back Tyrell Sutton scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. He carried 24 times for 108 yards and moved into fifth place on NU's rushing list with 2,566 yards.
Bacher completed seven straight passes in the Wildcats' opening drive and hit wide receiver Ross Lane on a 2-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Northeastern quarterback Anthony Orio was 10-of-18 for 69 yards in part-time duty while running back Maurice Murray rushed for 48 yards on 16 attempts.
Northwestern's defense held Northeastern to 260 yards while cornerback Sherri McManis led the Wildcats with 10 tackles. The Huskies (0-1) are 2-4 against Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A) foes. The Wildcats are 2-1 against Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA) opponents.