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    Postgame Notes - South Dakota



    Sept. 22, 2012

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    South Dakota at Northwestern - Sept. 22, 2012
    Ryan Field - Evanston, Ill.
    Attendance: 28,641

    Northwestern Team Notes

    • This was the fifth meeting between Northwestern and South Dakota and the first since 1927 (the teams opened every season between 1924 and '27). NU has won every game, outscoring the Coyotes by a combined 161-16.
    • The Wildcats own a 4-0 start for third time in the last five seasons (5-0 in 2008 and 2010). Three wins have come against teams from BCS automatic qualifier conferences.
    • NU is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible for the sixth straight season and seven times in the last eight years.
    • NU has 13 consecutive victories against nonconference foes at home. The Wildcats have not lost to a team from outside the Big Ten at Ryan Field since losing to Duke on Sept.15, 2007
    • With 277 yards, NU exceeded 200 yards rushing for the third consecutive game.
    • The five rushing touchdowns were the most for the Wildcats since they scored five on the ground against Towson on Sept. 9, 2009.
    • With RB Venric Mark's 117 yards, Northwestern has had an individual reach the 100-yard rushing mark in three consecutive games (Mark, 123 vs. Vanderbilt; RB Mike Trumpy, 106 vs. Boston College) for the first time since the second week of the 2007 season.
    • As NU coach, Pat Fitzgerald owns a 19-9 record in September. In addition to this season, he was 4-0 as NU coach in September 2008 and 2010.
    • Fitzgerald has run his career record vs. nonconference foes in regular season games to 23-5.
    • With his 44th career win, Fitzgerald is now five victories shy of the Wildcats coaching record of 49 held by Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf (1935-46).
    • Northwestern forced a turnover from its opposition for the 17th straight game. The Wildcats have at least one fumble recovery or interception in 40 of the last 43 contests.
    • On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats did not commit a turnover for the second time in the last three games.
    • NU quarterbacks have yet to throw an interception this season (in 71 attempts). Going into the game, the 'Cats were one of 16 teams in the country that had not surrendered a pickoff.
    • Following up their 75 percent completion rate last week, the Wildcat quarterbacks completed 12-of-15 passes today (80 percent), the finest showing this season.
    • Northwestern was 9-of-14 in third down conversions today, running its total this season to 34-of-64 (53 percent).
    • Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 64 straight games.
    • Northwestern limited the Coyotes to 51 rushing yards. Wildcat foes have gained only 76 rushing yards combined in the past two contests.
    • The defense had six stops for 17 yards in losses.

    Northwestern Individual Notes

    • QB Kain Colter, who had a 62 percent career completion percentage going into the game, was 7-of-9 today.
    • Five ball-carriers (RB Venric Mark, 117 yards; RB Treyvon Green, 45; RB Tyris Jones, 42; Colter, 38 and RB Tim Hanrahan, 31) exceeded 30 yards rushing.
    • Mark's three rushing touchdowns were the most since Kain Colter scored three times against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011. He is the first Wildcat to rush for multiple TDs this season.
    • Mark's 47-yard run on the game's first drive is his career-long run from scrimmage and Wildcats' longest this season.
    • For the second time in four starts this season, Mark has exceeded 100 yards rushing. Of his 117 yards, 67 came in the first quarter.
    • QB Trevor Siemian completed 4-of-5 passes for 72 yards. He is now 36-of-52 (.692) for the season.
    • WR Tony Jones equaled his career single-game high of four pass receptions today, which also led the team.
    • Jones's first quarter 42-yard reception was the second longest of his career and the longest for the Wildcats this season, eclipsing the 41-yarder he caught last week against Boston College.
    • RB Tim Hanrahan gained 31 yards in his first career action running the ball.
    • RB Tyris Jones plunged into the end zone from five yards out in the first quarter for his first TD of the season and the second of his career.
    • BR Treyvon Green's 33-yard third-quarter touchdown run was a career long rush and his first touchdown since scoring against Minnesota, Nov. 19, 2011.
    • DL Quentin Williams had a sack, two pass breakups and four tackles today. The sack and breakups were his first this season.
    • CB Quinn Evans led all Northwestern tacklers with seven stops. It marks the first time in his career he paced NU in tackles.
    • K Jeff Budzien has converted on all 65 PATs in his Wildcat career, a school record for consecutive conversions.
    • Longtime kickoff specialist K Steve Flaherty booted his first career field goal in his first attempt, a 39-yarder in the fourth quarter.
    • P Brandon Williams averaged 56.7 yards on three punts, with two boots within the Coyotes' 20-yard-line, including one kick landing on the one-yard-line.
    • Williams kicked his three longest punts of the season (61, 55 and 54 yards).