Northwestern took care of business about as expected against an FCS opponent. Venric Mark got to pad his stats with three touchdowns, so that is good. The defense held the shutout well into the second half, so that is good too, I guess.
Northwestern hosts Indiana on Sept. 29, then travels to Penn State and Minnesota in consecutive weeks, all games that the Wildcats should have good chances of winning. They are in a good position to be 7-0 when they host No. 25 Nebraska on Oct. 20.
The Northwestern Wildcats completed their bid for a 4-0 start by dominating the South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday. Northwestern managed to put up 28 points in the first half to run away with the game and eventually secure a 38-7 victory in the end. Venric Mark carried the ball 16 times and picked up 117 yards and three touchdowns, including a rush of 47 yards.
Northwestern rushed for 277 yards altogether, with Treyvon Green, Tyris Jones, Kain Colter and Tim Hanrahan all notching at least 30 yards on the day. Green and Jones also took in rushing touchdowns, while neither Trevor Siemian nor Kain Colter managed to toss a touchdown pass. They finished with 131 yards combined (also counting a 13-yard pass from Zack Oliver).
South Dakota, on the other hand, only managed 51 yards on the ground, with quarterback Josh Vander Maten leading the way with nine keepers for 38 yards and a touchdown. He also threw for 189 yards, but didn't manage a touchdown pass. The score came late in the third quarter when it was already too late.
Northwestern will next take on Indiana on Saturday, while the Coyotes will have a game against Illinois State.
The Northwestern Wildcats got their bid for a 4-0 start off on the right foot on Saturday, as they hold a 28-0 lead over the South Dakota Coyotes heading into the second half. Venric Mark is leading the way, already at 97 yards off of 14 carries, and he's supplemented well by Kain Colter, who has put up 34 yards of his own.
Mark has three touchdowns already, which came on rushes of 3-, 6- and 4-yard carries, respectively. The other score from Northwestern came on a rush from Tyris Jones halfway through the first quarter, which made it 14-0. So far it's been pretty balanced in regard to scoring, with Northwestern moving down the field well.
South Dakota hasn't been able to get their running game going, with just 32 yards total. Quarterback Josh Vander Maten is the leading rusher with 30 yards to go with his 108 yards passing. They've failed to get much going on offense, and failed to convert a 4th-and-15 in which Vander Maten was unable to complete a pass to Terrance Terry.