Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Behind a school-record five field goals from
Jeff Budzien, the Northwestern Wildcats held on to defeat the Boston College
Eagles, 22-13, in a non-conference bout at Ryan Field.
Mike Trumpy carried the ball 16 times for 106 yards, including the only
touchdown for the Wildcats, (3-0). Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian split time
under center, throwing for 144 and 123 yards, respectively.
For Boston College (1-2), Chase Rettig completed 24-of-44 passes for 291 yards
and a touchdown. Alex Amidon was busy in the receiving game, catching nine
balls for 118 yards to lead all players.
Northwestern opened the game with a 12-play drive, resulting in a 42-yard
field goal from Budzien to go up 3-0.
The teams then exchanged chip-shot field goals and the first quarter ended
with the Wildcats holding to a 6-3 lead.
The Wildcats continued to rack up yards to start the second half but still
could not find the end zone. Another stalled drive led to a 29-yard field goal
from Budzien to give them a 9-3 lead.
Boston College scored the first touchdown with less than two minutes left in
the first half when Rettig completed a 31-yard strike to Johnathan Coleman
to give the Eagles a 10-9 lead.
Another Budzien field goal (41 yards) allowed Northwestern to regain the lead,
12-10, just before halftime.
The Wildcats again drove deep into Eagles' territory late in the third quarter
and again they stalled, having to settle for yet another Budzien field goal
A 34-yard field goal from Nate Freese brought Boston College to within two,
15-13, early in the fourth quarter.
Northwestern finally found the end zone with less than two minutes left in the
game when Mike Trumpy scored on a 27-yard run to seal the victory.
The Wildcats gained 293 yards rushing, while the Eagles netted just 25.
Northwestern has now started off 3-0 three times in the last five years.
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