Sept. 21, 2013
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Maine at 18/16 Northwestern Sept. 21, 2013
Ryan Field Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
For the second consecutive week, Northwestern wins the first-ever meeting against its opponent, also claiming its first matchup with Western Michigan last week.
The Wildcats have managed a 16-game home winning streak vs. nonconference opponents, a streak that began with its 2008 season-opener. Going into the game, NU's streak was tied as the eighth-longest active streak among BCS teams.
For the second consecutive season and the fourth time in the last six seasons, Northwestern is off to a 4-0 start.
NU came into the game ranked first nationally with eight interceptions in 2013. With two pickoffs today, the `Cats defense has racked up 19 interceptions in the last seven games and has at least one INT in eight in a row going back to last season.
In addition to its ninth and 10th interceptions of the season, Northwestern also recorded its first fumble recovery on the year. DL Ifeadi Odenigbo fell on a fumble by QB Marcus Wasilewski for his first career fumble recovery.
The 'Cats have won 17 of their last 21 regular season games since Oct. 29, 2011.
At the Northwestern helm, Coach Pat Fitzgerald owns a 23-9 record in September, including a 14-1 slate in his last 15 September contests and eight in a row.
Northwestern has scored at least 30 points in each of its first four games this season. It marks the first time the 'Cats have tallied 30-plus points in each of their first four games to start a season.
The Wildcats have scored at least 30 points in the last six games they have played going back to last season, the longest streak in school history.
NU has scored in double figures in 77 consecutive games and has passed 21 points in 18 straight contests. The last time NU did not score 21 was Nov. 26, 2011 against Michigan State.
With 251 yards today, NU has surpassed the 200-yard rushing mark for the 11th time in its last 15 games.
Northwestern averaged 5.1 yards a carry. In three of the four games so far this season, NU averaged over five yards per rushing attempt.
The defense, which has given up an average of 121.7 ypg on the ground so far this season, kept Maine to 107 rushing yards.
Northwestern Individual Notes
RB Mike Trumpy's 94 rushing yards are the most since he gained 107 vs. Boston College last season. He also had a game-high 28-yard scamper.
QB Kain Colter's 26 career rushing touchdowns (he had one today in the fourth quarter) ranks him tied for fifth among Wildcats, all-time, with Noah Herrin.
RB Stephen Buckley gained a career-high 53 yards, including a 25-yard run (also a career high). He averaged 7.6 yards a carry.
With both a rushing and passing touchdown today, Colter now has a combined 37 rushing/passing scores in his last 27 games.
WR Tony Jones led all Wildcats with six receptions for 69 yards with his third touchdown catch of the year. In three of four games, Jones has either led or tied for the team lead in catches.
Jones now paces NU with 24 receptions, 362 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
LB Damien Proby's second-quarter interception for a touchdown set a school record as it marked the third Wildcat scoring pickoff in a season. Earlier in 2013 against California, LB Collin Ellis scored a Northwestern-record two touchdowns by interception return. NU had two interceptions for a touchdown in a season many times, most recently in 2012 (David Nwabuisi and Quentin Williams).
Proby's interception was the first interception of his Northwestern career.
DE Dean Lowry's 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in third quarter added to NU's season record and tied the school single-game mark set in the 2013 season-opener at California. Proby assisted in the play with a quarterback hurry. It was Lowry's second career interception.
DE Tyler Scott's quarterback sack today gives him 13 in his career, ranked sixth in Northwestern annals.
LB Chi Chi Ariguzo led all tacklers with a career-high 12 tackles (nine in the first half). He led all NU players with nine solo stops. Ariguzo owns the team lead with 35 tackles this season.
With five extra points, K Jeff Budzien has run his active streak to 122 consecutive successful PATs. He is perfect on all 122 attempts in his career.
Budzien is five PATs removed from becoming the all-time leader in consecutive extra points in Big Ten history. Only Michigan's J.D. Carlson (126) has a longer streak.
DE Tyler Scott's first quarter field goal block is the first Wildcat FG block since Jack DiNardo's against Michigan, Oct. 8, 2011. It's also the first career blocked kick of any kind for any current Wildcat.