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Pat Fitzgerald hopeful Kain Colter, Venric Mark will play at Iowa

Minnesota 0 7 7 6 — 20

Northwestern 7 0 0 10 — 17

First Quarter

NU—Buckley 3 run (Budzien kick), 1:53.

Second Quarter

Minn—Engel 29 pass from Nelson (Hawthorne kick), 6:48.

Third Quarter

Minn—Manuel 24 interception return (Hawthorne kick), 1:22.

Fourth Quarter

Minn—FG Hawthorne 34, 14:55.

NU—FG Budzien 35, 11:09.

Minn—FG Hawthorne 38, 5:24.

NU—T.Jones 10 pass from Siemian (Budzien kick), 2:07.

A—36,587.

TEAM STATISTICS Minn NU

First downs 16 20

Rushes-yards 49-176 26-94

Passing 123 234

Comp-Att-Int 9-14-0 25-46-2

Return Yards 39 16

Punts-Avg. 7-44.7 6-35.5

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 9-89 5-40

Time of Possession 35:15 24:45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Minnesota, Cobb 20-103, Mi.Leidner 7-27, Nelson 9-26, Kirkwood 10-26, Harbison 1-(minus 2), Team 2-(minus 4). Northwestern, Buckley 9-58, Green 9-34, T.Jones 1-11, Trumpy 3-4, Siemian 4-(minus 13).

PASSING—Minnesota, Nelson 8-11-0-112, Mi.Leidner 1-3-0-11. Northwestern, Siemian 25-46-2-234.

RECEIVING—Minnesota, Engel 2-42, Wolitarsky 2-28, Henry 2-21, Cobb 1-21, Fruechte 1-8, Kirkwood 1-3. Northwestern, T.Jones 8-84, C.Jones 5-53, Trumpy 4-25, Vitale 3-13, Dickerson 2-28, Lawrence 1-16, Green 1-8, K.Prater 1-7.

Updated: November 21, 2013 7:03AM



Pat Fitzgerald held out hope that quarterback Kain Colter (ankle), and maybe even running back Venric Mark (ankle), could return next Saturday at Iowa.

“Yeah, I’m optimistic. We’d love to have him,’’ the Northwestern coach said of Colter. “Both of those guys are day-to-day, so we’ll see.’’

While Mark was declared unavailable before the game Saturday against Minnesota, Colter was available only in an emergency — and that would have been a dire emergency.

“He wasn’t cleared from the standpoint of being able to play fully by the doctors,’’ Fitzgerald said.

Fast start encouraging

When redshirt freshman Stephen Buckley scored his first college touchdown on a three-yard run with 1:53 left in the first quarter, he looked like he might be poised to give the offense a sustained boost.

After rushing four times for 54 yards in the first quarter, though, Buckley finished with nine carries for 58 yards. But Fitzgerald saw progress.

“Stephen stepped up pretty strong,’’ Fitzgerald said. “Where his role goes will be determined as we move forward. But I’m really proud of the way he played.’’

Picks happen

Fitzgerald wasn’t overly concerned by Trevor Siemian’s two interceptions.

“On one, the defensive tackle dropped [into coverage],’’ Fitz said. “That might be a first. That was a heck of a play. On the interception for a touchdown, the read starts outside. We didn’t start there. I think he’d love to have that one back. But Trevor has made a ton of plays for us. And I expect him to make more in the future.”



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