Nov. 2, 2013
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Northwestern at Nebraska
Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Neb.
Nov. 2, 2013
This was the seventh all-time meeting between Northwestern and Nebraska, with the Huskers seizing a 5-2 lead in the series. The three games in the series since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011 have been decided by a combined total of seven points.
Nebraska's answered Hail Mary to win the game Saturday marked the first time Northwestern lost a game on the final play of regulation since Syracuse kicked a last-second field goal to earn a 37-34 win on Sept. 21, 2009. Before that, the Wildcats had not been beaten on the game's final play since their 1995 Rose Bowl season, when Miami (Ohio) kicked a 20-yard field goal to end the game on Sept. 16, 1995.
Northwestern's 152 net rushing yards in the first half were more than its final total in three of its last four games. The Wildcats had not enjoyed such a prolific half on the ground since it gained 251 yards in the second against the Western Michigan Broncos on Sept. 14, 2013. The team's 245 total rushing yards Saturday were the most since Northwestern gained 251 yards against Maine on Sept. 21, 2013.
The Wildcats continue to perform amongst the nation's best when it comes to intercepting the football. Northwestern has secured 18 interceptions this season, a total that surpasses its 13-game total from 2012. The 'Cats have intercepted at least one pass in 12 of their last 13 games, totaling 28 picks in those contests. Northwestern's school record for interceptions in a season is 20, set in 1948 (10 game), and again in 2005 (12 games).
Once into the red zone, Northwestern continued to put points on the scoreboard with regularity. The Wildcats, who entered the game leading the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in red zone efficiency (96.8%), scored three touchdowns and a field goal in four trips Saturday. NU is 34-for-35 in converting red zone scoring chances this season.
Northwestern's 24 points were the most since Oct. 5, 2013 against Ohio State. In the three games since falling to the Buckeyes at Ryan Field, the Wildcats had averaged just 11.0 points per game before Saturday.
Senior QB Kain Colter and junior QB Trevor Siemian combined to complete eight passes against Nebraska. That is the fewest completions in a game this season for Northwestern and the fewest overall since the duo teamed up to complete seven passes against Iowa on Oct. 27, 2012.
Junior RB Treyvon Green found the end zone a career-high three times in the first half against Nebraska. This marks the first time this season that a Northwestern player has rushed for three scores in a single game since Colter accomplished the feat on Oct. 27, 2012 against Iowa. It was the first time that a Wildcat scored three rushing touchdowns in a single half since senior RB Venric Mark did so against South Dakota on Sept. 22, 2012.
With his go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter, senior PK Jeff Budzien moved into a tie for third on Northwestern's record list for most career field goals made. It was Budzien's 39th career field goal on 46 attempts, with his conversion percentage of .848 ranking as the best of anyone in the top seven on the list. Budzien is tied with Ira Adler (39-of-54, 1987-90) and Sam Valenzisi (39-of-53, 1992-95) and is seven behind second-place John Duvic (46-of-70, 1983-86).
QB Kain Colter recorded 86 rushing yards in the game to pass former Wildcats great Mike Adamle (1968-70) for eighth on the school's career rushing list. Colter stands at exactly 2,100 career rushing yards, 365 behind Greg Boykin (1972-76) in seventh.
Junior DT Chance Carter recorded his first career sack late in the first quarter, dropping the quarterback for a loss of 10 yards. Carter became the eighth different Northwestern defender to register a sack this season. The Evanston, Ill., native added a second sack Saturday that helped stall a Nebraska drive in the fourth quarter.
Junior LB Chi Chi Ariguzo intercepted a pass for the second time in as many weeks in the second quarter. Ariguzo is tied for the team lead, along with SAF Ibraheim Campbell, with four interceptions this season, which marks a career high.
Redshirt freshman CB Dwight White replaced an injured teammate Nick VanHoose late in the first half and came up with his first career interception in the third quarter. White has made six starts at cornerback this season for Northwestern.
Redshirt junior LB Collin Ellis intercepted his third pass of the season Saturday and his first since the season-opening victory at Cal on Aug. 31, 2013. The pass was deflected by junior SAF Jimmy Hall and it was the first pick this season that Ellis did not return for a touchdown.
Senior DE Tyler Scott's fourth-quarter interception was the fourth of the game for Northwestern and the second of his career. Nine Wildcats have notched interceptions this season.
Hall secured a career-high six tackles for the Wildcats, all of which came in the first half.
Redshirt freshman DE Ifeadi Odenigbo sacked the quarterback for the fourth time this season in the second quarter. Odenigbo, a pass rushing specialist, has seven tackles this season and 5.0 have been for a loss.
Sophomore DL Max Chapman made his first career sack on a key third down during Nebraska's final drive. He is the ninth different Northwestern defender with a sack this season.
Two Wildcats made their first career starts on Saturday: sophomore offensive guard Matt Frazier and sophomore defensive end Deonte Gibson.