Northwestern wins 2nd half, battle vs. Vanderbilt

Northwestern wins 2nd half, battle vs. Vanderbilt

Northwestern QB Kain Colter, usually a dual threat, was very inconsistent tonight. He finished 7 of 14 passing for 44 yards, with 66 yards rushing in the Northwestern Wildcats 23-13 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

But he made a big play when it counted; running for a 29 yard touchdown to ice the game.

Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers was a dual threat for the Commodores, and Northwestern had issues trying to stop him for much of the night. Rodgers finished 17 of 33 passing for 216 yards,1 td 0 int. 14 rushes for 64 yards.

 

For Chicago’s Big Ten Team, it was Venric Mark who was the main man, accumulating his  first 100 yard rushing day in his career, including a touchdown in his 119 yards.

“I think first and foremost the credit goes to Venric,” said NU coach Pat Fitzgerald.

“I think he’s grown exponentially, and really matured. He worked incredibly hard this summer.”

Up 10-3, Vandy was inside the red zone in the final minute of the first half and threatening until a fumble caused by Quentin Williams and recovered by David Nwabuisi snuffed it out. And with 1:47 left to play in the game, NU made another fumble recovery that stopped a potential game tying drive for VU.

“The defense today allowed us to stay in the ballgame,” said Fitzgerald.

“They gave us a chance to win, and I’m incredibly satisfied.”

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