The No. 21 ranked Stanford Cardinal fell to the Northwestern Wildcats in the opening weekend of the college football season, becoming the first top 25 team to lose this year. Northwestern, playing at home in Evanston, Ill., took the season opener 16-6, rushing for more than 230 yards. In other close games, No. 2 TCU on Thursday survived a scare at Minnesota, holding on 23-17, and No. 23 Boise State avoided an upset Friday at home by beating Washington 16-13.
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