Indiana at Northwestern - Sept. 29, 2012
Ryan Field - Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
This was the 82nd meeting between Northwestern and Indiana, with the Wildcats now owning a 46-34-1 series lead. NU has won the last four contests and eight of the last nine games against the Hoosiers.
The Wildcats outscored the Hoosiers 20-0 in the first half, the second consecutive game in which NU has shut out its opponent over the first two quarters.
Northwestern notched a single-game high this season with its 44 points.
The Wildcats own a 5-0 start for the third time in the last five seasons (5-0 in 2008 and 2010). All but one win have come against teams from BCS automatic qualifier conferences.
NU is one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the sixth straight season and seven times in the last eight years.
Northwestern set a school record by gaining 704 yards of total offense (on 93 plays), breaking the previous record of 674 set against Wisconsin in 2005. The total ranks 12th all-time in Big Ten annals.
Northwestern saw two players -- Kain Colter (161) and Venric Mark (139) -- surpass 100 yards rushing in the same game for the first time since Jason Wright (251) and Noah Herron (163) did so against Illinois on Nov. 22, 2003.
The Wildcats also earned 36 first downs, which tied a school record. NU had 36 first downs against Illinois in 2005.
The Wildcats displayed extraordinary balance, gaining 394 yards on the ground and 310 through the air. Nineteen first downs came by the rush, 16 by the pass and one by penalty.
NU averaged a season-high 6.8 yards per rush today. Going into the game, the 'Cats averaged 4.4 yards per attempt.
With a season-high 394 yards today, NU now averages 255.8 rushing yards per game and has exceeded 200 rushing yards in four straight games (275-plus in the last three) and over 300 for the second time in 2012.
Dating to the Vanderbilt game in week two, Northwestern's last 13 touchdowns have all come by running the ball.
The 'Cats' first touchdown drive was all on the ground (9 attempts, 80 yards) with RB Venric Mark gaining 40 yards and QB Kain Colter adding 39.
Northwestern has had a 100-yard rusher in four consecutive games.
Going into the game, Northwestern averaged 31:30 in offensive possession. Today, NU controlled the ball for 36:14.
With his 45th career win, head coach Pat Fitzgerald is now four victories shy of the Wildcat coaching record of 49 held by Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf (1935-46).
Northwestern forced a turnover from its opposition for the 18th straight game. The Wildcats have at least one fumble recovery or interception in 41of the last 44 contests.
NU quarterbacks threw their first and second interceptions of the year today. The 'Cats have now suffered two pickoffs in 153 attempts this season.
Northwestern was 10-of-17 in third down conversions today, running its total this season to 44-of-81 (54 percent). The Wildcats came into the game ranked 13th in the nation in third down conversions.
Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 65 straight games.
The Wildcat defense held Indiana scoreless in two quarters today. NU has not allowed foes any points in seven quarters this year, compared to 10 all last season.
Northwestern Individual Notes
QB Kain Colter's personal game-high four touchdowns marked the first time he scored multiple times since he had three touchdowns against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011. The four TDs today both tied a school single-game record in rushing and overall touchdowns.
For the second consecutive game, a Northwestern player has scored at least three touchdowns. RB Venric Mark had three TDs against South Dakota last week.
Colter paced all players in both rushing (161) and receiving (131) yards. Both marks are personal highs and the most by any Wildcat in 2012.
Colter caught a game-high (and personal best) nine passes, averaging 14.6 yards a catch. In addition, Colter averaged 11.5 yards every time he ran the ball.
Colter's all-purpose yardage totaled 292 yards (another personal single-game high). RB Venric Mark, who going into the game, ranked eighth nationally and led the Wildcats with 178.5 all-purpose yards a game, added 170 today.
Colter's first quarter interception was his first he has thrown this season. In his Wildcat career, Colter has suffered only three pickoffs in 158 attempts.
Three ballcarriers (Colter, 161 yards; Mark, 139 and RB Mike Trumpy, 87) exceeded 80 yards rushing.
Mark had personal bests in rushing attempts (29) and yardage (139).
Mark has exceeded 100 rushing yards three of the last four games and in two consecutive contests.
Mark plunged in from one yard out in the third quarter for his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown, and seventh touchdown overall this season. With his four scores today, Colter edged next to Mark with six touchdowns in 2012.
QB Trevor Siemian set career personal bests today with 32 passing attempts, 22 completions and 308 yards. All three marks are also single-game Wildcat highs for 2012.
Like Colter, Siemian tossed his first interception in 2012. He has one pickoff in 84 passing attempts this season.
WR Christian Jones matched his single-game highs with four catches and 68 yards.
LB Damien Proby led all players with career-best-tying highs of 14 tackles and 10 solo stops. He had the exact same totals against Indiana in 2011.
CB Nick VanHoose pulled in the first interception of his collegiate career in the first quarter. He also added six tackles, including five solo stops.
LB Chi Chi Ariguzo was the No. 2 Wildcat tackler with seven stops today, including a tackle for loss.
Ariguzo added to his team leads with 39 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.