Northwestern (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Boston College (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
Saturday, Sept. 15 2:30 p.m. CT
Ryan Field (47,130) Evanston, Ill.
TV: Big Ten Network (Crew: Josh Lewin, Jon Jansen, Evan Fitzgerald)
Radio: ESPN 1000 (Chicagoland) (Dave Eanet, Ted Albrecht) and WNUR (89.3 FM)
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Northwestern vs. Boston College -- Weekly Release | 2012 Northwestern Football Yearbook
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Off to a 2-0 start for the sixth straight season, Northwestern welcomes Boston College to Ryan Field Saturday (2:30 p.m., BTN) trying for a third consecutive win against a BCS-conference opponent.
A Northwestern victory would give the Wildcats a 3-0 start to their season for the third time in five years. Northwestern, which received five votes in this week's AP poll and nine in the USA Today/Coaches rankings, won their first five games in both 2008 and 2010.
With a come-from-behind 23-13 victory over Vanderbilt in week two, Northwestern's streak of consecutive home victories against nonconference foes reached 11 games, the 15th-longest active streak among FBS programs. The Wildcats have not lost to a team from outside the Big Ten at Ryan Field since falling to Duke on Sept. 15, 2007.
The Wildcats have represented the Big Ten well this season, going 2-0 against teams from BCS automatic qualifier conferences. NU is one of only nine FBS programs to play BCS-conference teams each of the first two weeks this season and is the only one of those nine to emerge 2-0. The other six schools with that distinction are: Nevada (1-1); Rice (1-1); North Carolina State (1-1), Auburn (0-2), Syracuse (0-2), Vanderbilt (0-2), UTEP (0-2) and Massachusetts (0-2).
Northwestern overcame a 10-6 deficit at the end of the third quarter to knock off Vanderbilt Saturday, making it the first time since Nov. 13, 2010 (vs. Iowa) that the Wildcats won a game in which it trailed entering the fourth quarter. NU's defensive unit keyed the win by allowing only a field goal over the final 42-plus minutes of game action.
Northwestern sophomore linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday following his career-best performance of 10 tackles and three tackles for loss Saturday against Vanderbilt. For Ariguzo, the strong outing against the Commodores came on the heels of a season-opener at Syracuse in which he recorded his first career interception and returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown.
After two years as almost exclusively a return specialist, junior Venric Mark has taken full advantage of the starting running back role he earned in fall camp. Mark has exploded for 82 and 123 yards against Syracuse and Vanderbilt, respectively; his 123 ground yards on Saturday were the most by an NU player since Mike Trumpy against Illinois on Nov. 20, 2010. The diminutive Mark is fourth among Big Ten runners with 102.5 yards per outing and averages 5.4 yards per attempt, including more than 4.6 yards per rush on 16 first-down carries.
Northwestern-Boston College Series Information
All-Time Series Record: Northwestern leads, 3-1
Series in Evanston: Northwestern leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 3, 2011
Northwestern 24, Boston College 17
Northwestern and Boston College meet Saturday for the fifth time in their respective histories, with the Wildcats looking for a third straight win in the series and their second in two years. BC has not traveled to Evanston since Sept. 18, 1993, Pat Fitzgerald's freshman season playing for the Wildcats. Northwestern defeated the Eagles on that day, 22-21, just one year after falling by a 49-0 margin in Chestnut Hill.
NU and BC first matched up on the gridiron in the 1961 season-opener, a 45-0 victory in Evanston for the Ara Parseghian-led Wildcats.
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