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Kain Colter’s ankle injury might have cost Wildcats points

Updated: November 28, 2013 6:54AM

IOWA CITY — Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald applauded quarterback Kain Colter after the loss Saturday at Iowa, saying the senior “played his tail off.”

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Colter was lost during a decisive moment.

Colter injured his right ankle on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter on arguably Northwestern’s best drive of the game. An Iowa defender landed on Colter’s ankle, forcing him to miss the remainder of a drive that ended in a game-tying field goal by Jeff Budzien.

Colter’s running ability might have been what the Wildcats’ needed to score a touchdown.

Colter returned on the next possession, but he limped in and out of the postgame news conference. He had ice on the ankle when he addressed reporters.

“I wouldn’t go out there if I didn’t feel good,” Colter said. “At this point in the season, it’s been so long since everybody has felt 100 percent, so you have to keep grinding.”

Abandoning the system

During its perfect nonconference run, Northwestern celebrated its two-quarterback system, which seemed to be the exception to what is typically an ineffective system. But on Saturday, the only action Trevor Siemian saw was when Colter was hurt. Siemian had a horrendous outing in the loss last Saturday to Minnesota.

First-quarter loss

Starting defensive end Dean Lowry was lost for the game when he suffered a lower-body injury on the first drive. Deonte Gibson filled in on a defensive line that played well after struggling in the first quarter.

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