Oct. 13, 2012
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Northwestern at Minnesota
TCF Bank Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Northwestern Postgame Notes
With its sixth victory of 2012, Northwestern became bowl-eligible for the sixth consecutive season under head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
The win also allowed Northwestern's senior class to match the school record for most total victories earned by a five-year senior class. The current group has been part of 36 wins since the start of 2008, tying the standard set by last year's departing class.
Northwestern saw an individual surpass the 100-yard rushing plateau for the fifth time in seven games this season. Venric Mark recorded a career-high 181 yards. for his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the campaign. He now has 791 net yards rushing this year (113.0 per game).
NU recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and also recorded an interception and another fumble, extending its string of consecutive games with at least one takeaway to 20.
Northwestern held a 21-10 halftime lead, the sixth time in seven games this season that NU has taken an advantage into the locker room. The Wildcats have outscored opponents 119-53 in the first half this season.
Northwestern has scored in double figures in 67 straight games.
RB Venric Mark set a career high for rushing yards in the first half alone, posting 151 ground yards over the first two quarters and finishing with a career-best 181 yards to give him 791 net rushing yards on the season (113.0 per game).
Mark totaled 213 all-purpose yards to bring his career total to 3,209, moving ahead of Jim Poole for 13th on NU's all-time list.
Mark's 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter represented his season and career-long rush.
Senior LB David Nwabuisi recorded the second interception of his career in the second quarter. Nwabuisi's last pick came on Sept. 25, 2010, against Central Michigan.
QB Kain Colter finished the game a perfect 10-for-10 passing for the Wildcats.
Sophomore S Ibraheim Campbell recorded 10 total tackles to lead the Wildcats defense.
DL Tyler Scott recorded a sack and forced fumble on the game's final defensive play, giving him a team-best 6.0 sacks on the season. He entered Saturday ranked fourth in the Big Ten.
CB Nick VanHoose set a career high with three pass breakups against the Gophers, all of which came in the end zone.