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    Postgame Notes: Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17



    Oct. 19, 2013

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    Northwestern Postgame Notes
    Minnesota at Northwestern • Oct. 19 2013
    Ryan Field • Evanston, Ill.
    Attendance: 36,587

    Team Notes
    • Minnesota's victory breaks a three-game Northwestern winning streak against the Golden Gophers dating to 2009. Since 2008, NU is 5-2 against Minnesota.

    • NU's streak of 10 consecutive games with an interception came to an end today. NU had recorded 23 pickoffs in those 10 contests.

    • Entering the game ranked first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 17 total takeaways, NU had no turnovers gained today for the first time since defeating Iowa on Oct. 27, 2012.

    • The game marked the second time Northwestern lost the turnover battle this season and the first time in a loss.

    • Heading into the game, the Wildcats led the Big Ten in red zone efficiency and were perfect in three trips inside the 20-yard line today. Northwestern is 26-of-28 (.929) in red zone efficiency in 2013. Minnesota entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in red zone defense.

    Individual Notes
    • QB Trevor Siemian recorded single-game career highs today with 25 completions and 46 attempts.

    • For the fourth time this season, Siemian passed for over 200 yards (234 today). It was the fifth-highest single-game total in his career.

    • Siemian completed passes to eight different Wildcats vs. Minnesota.

    • RB Stephen Buckley's 3-yard first-quarter touchdown was his first career rushing score.

    • Buckley, who gained a career-high 58 yards, actually achieved his career high with 54 yards in NU's first-quarter touchdown drive alone. Previously, Buckley gained 53 yards against Maine on Sept. 21.

    • WR Tony Jones led all receivers with eight catches and 84 yards. The receptions and yards are the most for Jones since he caught nine for 185 yards against Syracuse in week two.

    • Jones leads the Wildcats on the season with 37 receptions, 488 yards and four touchdowns (including one TD today).

    • WR Christian Jones was the game's second-leading receiver with five receptions for 53 yards. He paces all current Wildcats with 12 consecutive games with at least one catch.

    • For the fifth time, WR Cameron Dickerson equaled his career high with two receptions, but had 28 yards, the most he's gained in a game.

    • CB Nick VanHoose led all tacklers with a career-high 11 tackles. He also led both teams with eight solos, which tied a career best. VanHoose also forced a Minnesota fumble (recovered by the Golden Gophers) and had the Wildcats' only pass breakup.

    • 2013 Big Ten sack leader Tyler Scott notched his fifth pass sack of the year against Minnesota and now has 15 sacks in his career, ranked sixth in Northwestern annals. Scott also earned a tackle for loss among his six total stops.

    • DL Ifeadi Odenigbo also had a quarterback sack today. He ranks third on the team with three sacks this season.

    • LB Damien Proby led all linebackers with 10 tackles today. Collin Ellis finished with nine, while Chi Chi Ariguzo had six stops. Proby and Ariguzo are in a dead heat for the 2013 NU tackle lead, each with 58.

    • K Jeff Budzien converted on his only field goal attempt of the day from 35 yards. Budzien improved to 37-of-44 on field goal attempts in his career and 29-of-32 since the start of 2012. In 2013, Budzien is 12-of-14 on three-pointers.

    • With two extra points, Budzien ran his active streak to 127 consecutive successful PATs. He is perfect on all 127 attempts in his career.