NORTHWESTERN POSTGAME NOTES
Boston College at Northwestern o Sept. 15, 2012
Ryan Field o Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
This was the fifth meeting between Northwestern and Boston College. NU has won four of the contests, including the last three. NU has been victorious in all three series games in Evanston.
Northwestern ran 100 offensive plays Saturday, the most since running 115 against Auburn in the 2010 Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2010).
The Wildcats own a 3-0 start for third time in the last five seasons. All three victories have come against BCS-conference opponents.
NU has 12 consecutive victories against regular season home nonconference foes. The Wildcats have not lost to a team from outside the Big Ten at Ryan Field since losing to Duke on Sept. 15, 2007.
The Wildcats posted season-highs in both rushing (293) and passing yards (267).
NU rushed the ball 60 times Saturday, the most by the Wildcats since rushing 67 times against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011. The 'Cats rushed for the most yards in a game since they gained 317 vs. Indiana on Oct. 29, 2011.
As NU coach, Pat Fitzgerald owns an 18-9 record in September. He was 4-0 as coach in September 2008 and 2010.
Fitzgerald has run his record vs. nonconference foes in regular season games to 22-5.
With his 43rd career win, Fitzgerald is now only six victories shy of the Wildcat coaching record of 49 held by Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf (1935-46).
Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 63 straight games.
The Wildcat defense held Boston College to 25 rushing yards on 12 carries, (including 25 yards in losses) for an average of 1.2 yards per play. The Eagles had been averaging 131 ypg rushing this season.
The first three Wildcat drives, and four of the first five, resulted in field goals.
Northwestern Individual Notes
Junior K Jeff Budzien tied a Northwestern school record with five field goals (5-for-5), originally established by Joel Howells vs. Penn State on Sept. 24, 2005.
Budzien has converted more field goals through the first three games of the 2012 season (8) than he did during the entire 2011 campaign (6). He is perfect on all eight of his attempts this season.
Budzien has converted on all 60 PATs in his Wildcat career, a school record.
Wildcat quarterbacks QB Kain Colter (14-of-20, 70.0) and QB Trevor Siemian (16-of-20, 80.0 percent) completed 75 percent of their passes (30-of-40) for a team season single-game high of 267 yards.
Siemian's completions, attempts and yardage (123) were personal bests.
Eight Northwestern players caught passes today, led by WR Demetrius Fields, who hauled in a career-high-tying eight passes.
WR Tony Jones's 41-yard pass from quarterback Kain Colter in the first quarter is the longest Northwestern pass play this season.
RB Mike Trumpy (16 carries, 106 yards, 6.6 average, 1 TD) had his first 100-yard day (and the third of his career) since gaining 129 against Illinois in 2010.
Of Northwestern's 100 plays, junior RB Venric Mark figured in 25 of them with a game-high 18 rushing attempts and 7 receptions. Add to that two punt returns and a kickoff return.
Mark's seven catches and 42 reception yards were career highs.
The nation's No. 2 performer in all-purpose yardage, Mark led all players with 151 all-purpose yards today.
Sophomore LB Chi Chi Ariguzo, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, recovered a fumble, his second of the year.
Ariguzo led all Wildcats with 10 tackles, in addition to breaking up two passes and was credited with a quarterback hurry.
Junior DT Tyler Scott had his third quarterback sack of the season in the second quarter. That gives him four career sacks.