Northwestern: Chicago's 5-0 B1G team

Northwestern: Chicago's 5-0 B1G team

Entering this college football Saturday 4-0, Northwestern was just outside the national rankings. If that seemed perplexing, consider the unimpressive record of NU’s four vanquished opponents.

After today however, with a 44-29 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers bringing NU to 5-0, the Wildcats should be well within the national rankings, and deservedly so. Not that IU is anything special, but 5-0 is still 5-0.


Northwestern scored the first 20 points of the game before IU got on the board, and when the Indiana offense woke up in the second half (thanks to the insertion of Nate Sudfeld at quarterback) things got a lot more interesting. Indiana even made it a one possession game in the 4th quarter.

But NU had such a balanced attack on offense: accruing 310 yards passing and 394 yards rushing (704 overall on 93 plays) that the Hoosier defense was over matched all day.

Quarterback 1a/wide receiver Kain Colter scored 4 touchdowns and had nearly 100 yards rushing, and over 100 yards receiving after just three quarters. He finished with 161 yards on the ground and 131 receiving.

“He believes he can score on every play, and that’s a good thing,” NU Head coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Colter.

Quarterback 1b Trevor Siemian went 22-32 passing for 308 yards, no TDs, 1 pick.

Venric Mark had 121 yards rushing after three quarters and finished with 139 on 29 carries.

Mike Trumpy added 87 yards on the ground.

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