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    Sep 7, 2013

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    Syracuse at No. 19/20 Northwestern - Sept. 7, 2013 Ryan Field -- Evanston, Ill. Attendance: 38,033

    Northwestern Team Notes

    • Northwestern takes a 6-5 series lead against Syracuse with its victory, winning the second consecutive game against the Orange. NU is 4-2 against Syracuse in Evanston.
    • NU has won three of the last four games vs. Syracuse that date back to 2008. In the last four games, the Wildcats have averaged 38.5 points. Point totals increased each game (30-2008, 34-2009, 42-2012, 48-2013).
    • The Wildcats have won their last seven home openers. Coach Pat Fitzgerald lost his first home opener in 2006, 34-17 to New Hampshire, but is 7-0 since. NU is 8-2 in its last 10 home openers.
    • Northwestern is 9-1 against BCS conference opponents (outside the Big Ten) since the beginning of the 2008 season.
    • The Wildcats have managed a 14-game home winning streak vs. nonconference opponents, dating to the first game of the 2008 season.
    • At the Northwestern helm, Pat Fitzgerald owns a 21-9 record in September, including a 12-1 record in his last 13 September contests.
    • Fitzgerald is 4-1 against ACC foes in his career. Northwestern is 25-23 against ACC opponents all time.
    • The 38,033 that viewed the contest comprises the largest home opening attendance since 40,103 saw the NU-Michigan State home-opener in 2001. Northwestern was to open at home with Navy that season, but the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced the game's cancellation and set up a Big Ten home-opener.
    • At 51 seconds, RB Treyvon Green's touchdown in the first quarter was the fastest NU offensive score since RB Venric Mark scored 11 seconds into the game at Minnesota, Oct. 13, 2012. The Wildcats scored a defensive touchdown 47 seconds into the game at last year's Gator Bowl against Mississippi State on Quentin Williams's 29-yard interception return.
    • Thirty-four first-half points were the most Northwestern scored in a first half since it piled up 38 in the first half at Indiana on Oct. 29, 2011.
    • With four interceptions against Syracuse, Northwestern's defense now boasts 16 total interceptions over the last five games it has played. Over the past two weeks, the NU defense has seven pickoffs.
    • The defense, which allowed only 127.6 ypg rushing last season, has given up an average of 111.0 ypg on the ground so far this season in two games (133 yards today).
    • Northwestern Individual Notes

    • Northwestern quarterbacks QB Kain Colter (15-of-18, 116 yards, 1 TD) and Trevor Siemian (15-of-19, 259 yards, 3 TDs) combined to throw for 30-of-37, 375 yards, four scoring tosses and zero interceptions
    • In addition, Colter led all rushers with 87 yards, a 7.9 per carry average, and a touchdown scored.
    • Of the five Wildcat TD passes this season, Siemian is responsible for four of them.
    • Colter's 24 career rushing touchdowns ranks sixth all-time at Northwestern.
    • WR Tony Jones's career high of 185 yards is the most receiving yards in a game by a Wildcat since Jeremy Ebert had 208 yards against Rice in 2011.
    • Jones's 185 all-purpose yards led all players in the game.
    • Of his career-high nine receptions, Jones caught passes of 32, 43 and a score of 47 yards. The 47-yarder is also a career long.
    • RB Treyvon Green had 66 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving. He scored both on the ground and through the air on the 47-yarder.
    • Green has four touchdowns this season, three of which are via the rush.
    • S Traveon Henry and DL Dean Lowry each intercepted their first career pass.
    • Henry paced all Wildcats with eight solo tackles today, while LB Damien Proby led NU with nine total stops, seven of which were solo efforts.
    • Lowry also was one of four Wildcats with a tackle for loss.
    • DL Tyler Scott had the sole quarterback sack today (for eight yards), giving him 12.0 in his career. The sack ties him with Matt Rice (1993-96) for sixth on the Wildcats career list.
    • S Ibraheim Campbell intercepted his sixth career pass, best among current Wildcats. With an interception last week against Cal, Campbell has two in 2013, matching his total in both 2011 and 2012.
    • Campbell also made six tackles today, all of the solo variety.
    • LB Chi Chi Ariguzo picked off his third career pass today.
    • With six extra points, K Jeff Budzien has run his active streak to 113 consecutive successful PATs. He is 113-of-113 in his career.
    • Budzien moved from fifth to third in the Big Ten for consecutive made extra points, passing Purdue's Chris Summers (111) and Indiana's Pete Stoyanovich (107).
    • Budzien made two field goals of 32 and 21 yards, improving his success rate to 30-of-35 in his career (.857).