Iowa at Northwestern o Oct. 27, 2012
Ryan Field o Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
This was the 74th meeting between Northwestern and Iowa, with the series in Iowa's favor 47-24-3. NU has won four of the last five games and six of the last eight in the series.
Today's victory makes this year's five-year class the winningest in school history. The group's 37th victory bypasses the standard of 36 wins set by Northwestern's recently departed 2011 senior class. The current seniors have helped NU advance to postseason play all five years of their careers.
The Wildcats improved to 11-3 overall dating to Oct. 29, 2011, including a 7-2 mark at Ryan Field.
Northwestern held a halftime lead for the eighth time in nine games this season. The 'Cats have outscored their foes 147-66 in the first half in 2012.
For the second time this year, Northwestern had two individuals rush for over 100 yards (Venric Mark and Kain Colter vs. Indiana and Iowa). In seven of nine games this season, NU has had a 100-yard rusher.
The Wildcats' 349 rushing yards marks the second-highest total this season (394 vs. Indiana). Today's tally marked the third time NU has passed 300 rushing yards in a game in 2012.
Northwestern's streak of forcing at least one turnover ended today at 22 straight games. The Wildcats have at least one fumble recovery or interception in 44 of the last 48 contests.
Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 69 straight games.
NU scored three times in four visits to the red zone today. The 'Cats are 32-of-35 in the red zone this year with 22 TDs. All but three of those touchdowns have been on the ground.
Although Northwestern allowed Iowa 122 yards rushing (NU had been giving up an average of 109.9 ypg), the Hawkeyes only gained an average of 3.0 yards per rushing attempt.
Northwestern Individual Notes
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald now has 47 wins as Northwestern head coach, two shy of the Wildcat record of 49, held by Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf from 1935 to 1946.
QB Kain Colter gained a career-best and team-high 171 yards today. It marked the second time he has passed 100 on the ground this season.
Colter's three touchdowns represent the third time this year a Wildcat has scored at least three TDs in a game. Colter notched four against Indiana on Sept. 29 and Venric Mark had three against South Dakota on Sept. 22.
Colter raised his total to 22 career rushing touchdowns to tie another QB, Zak Kustok, for sixth all-time at Northwestern.
With his 47-yard touchdown pass to WR Christian Jones, Colter played a part in all four of NU's scores today.
RB Tyris Jones's punt block was the first for Northwestern since Kevin Watt blocked an Indiana punt on Oct. 20, 2010.
Jones's 47-yard touchdown catch is the second of his career and his longest reception as a Wildcat. The first score came in the season-opener at Syracuse.
RB Venric Mark's 162-yard rushing effort (10.2 yards per carry) gives him six games with over 100 yards rushing this season.
Mark now stands at 1,072 rushing yards on the year, becoming the first NU player to exceed 1,000 rushing yards in a year since Tyrell Sutton gained 1,000 in 2006. It is the 15th 1,000-yard rushing season by an individual in NU history.
Mark earned 187 all-purpose yards today. Going into the game, he led the Big Ten with 183.1 all-purpose yards.
Mark has six runs of over 40 yards this season, which is tied for second-highest in the nation. Mark has nine runs exceeding 30 yards. His 72-yard run from the NU 1-yard line in the first quarter is the longest non-scoring run in his career and his fourth-longest run of any kind.
Mark jumped from 10th to sixth on the Wildcats career all-purpose yardage list with 3,574 yards. He passed Sam Simmons (3,470), Bob Christian (3,488), D'Wayne Bates (3,491) and Noah Herron (3,536). In the past two weeks, Mark has moved from 13th to sixth on the career all-purpose list.
Mark moved from 12th to 10th on the NU season all-purpose yardage list with 1,652 yards. He passed Christian (1,490 in 1989) and Lee Gissendaner (1,564 in 1993).
LB David Nwabuisi led all tacklers with 11 solo and 18 total stops. Both marks are career highs.
NU's leading tackler, LB Damien Proby, added 12 tackles and a pass breakup today. He now has 86 stops for the season.
DE Tyler Scott had his Big Ten-leading seventh QB sack of the season in the second quarter.