Wildcat fans are cautiously optimistic about the young 2012 season. Northwestern has yet to string together a great game, or even play a good team. However, they've now played three teams from major conferences, and in a year when the Big Ten looks as weak as ever, the Northwestern Wildcats are still unbeaten.
SB Nation's Northwestern blog, Sippin' on Purple, believes Saturday's game was the Wildcats' best performance yet, which bodes well for the team moving forward.
...the defense played well, and the offense moved the ball effortlessly over most of the field while struggling in the red zone. Major credit is due to Jeff Budzien for hitting his five field goals and an extra point, while Mike Trumpy went over 100 yards as the most productive rusher on a 293 yard rushing day for the team.
As they approach conference season, the Wildcats will need to finish drives with touchdowns instead of field goals, but for now they should celebrate their early successes. Northwestern's next game is Saturday at home against South Dakota.
The Northwestern Wildcats showed a worrying lack of ability to finish out drives on Saturday, as evidenced by their five field goals and one touchdown. Still, they managed to gut out the narrow win, overcoming the fact that Boston College managed to score a touchdown of their own. In the end, Northwestern walked out of there with a 3-0 record and a 22-13 win.
Northwestern's lone touchdown came with less-than two minutes remaining, when Mike Trumpy scampered for a 27-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach for Boston College. The Eagles managed to score a touchdown when Chase Rettiq hit Johnathan Coleman for a 31-yard strike in the second quarter.
Jeff Budzien nailed two field goals in the first, two in the second and one in the third. His long on the day was 42 yards, and his other field goals went for 41, 29, 20 and 19 yards. Trumpy finished with 106 yards and a touchdown for Northwestern. Quarterback Kain Colter had an underwhelming, but efficient, day. He went 16-for-20, good for 144 yards and no touchdowns.Trevor Siemian took over at the end of the first and finished 16-of-20 for 123 yards.
Next, Northwestern will take on South Dakota on Saturday, while Boston College will have to contend with No. 11 Clemson.
The Northwestern Wildcats are on their way to a 3-0 start to their NCAA Football season, as they hold a 12-10 lead over Boston College at halftime. Their first drive took them 11 plays but just 52 yards, and it ended in a Jeff Budzien 42-yard field goal after quarterback Kain Colter was sacked on a third-down play.
Boston College quickly responded with their own 11-play drive that ended in a Nate Freese field goal to tie it up.
Northwestern would then go on to take their second possession and turn it into 3 more points, this drive stalling out at the 3-yard line. Following this, they managed to force a 3-and-out and begin their third possession, which took them into the second quarter, lasted 12 plays and also ended in a field goal.
Their next drive took them to the Boston College 5-yard line and a 4th and 1. They decided to go for it, and Trevor Siemian fumbled, while C.J. Jones managed to recover for Boston College. A penalty by Northwestern on the ensuing possession gave Boston College the jumpstart they needed to put together a strong drive. Going seven plays for 95 yards, they managed to take the lead with a Chase Rettig touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman that went for 31 yards.
Another field goal from Northwestern on their following possession (do you see a trend?) gave them the lead back as time ran out in the first half.