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Mounting injuries add to Northwestern’s woes

Updated: December 4, 2013 6:46AM

LINCOLN, Neb. — Running backs Stephen Buckley and Treyvon Green, cornerback Nick VanHoose, wide receiver Tony Jones, defensive tackle Will Hampton, offensive tackle Jack Konopka and linebacker Collin Ellis suffered injuries Saturday.

“There’s not one that doesn’t concern me,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “It’s been that kind of year.’’

Buckley was taken to the hospital at halftime and returned to the sideline by the fourth quarter on crutches.

When Green was taken off the field, NU was down to one running back, Tim Hanrahan. The Wildcats only dressed two running backs after Venric Mark, Mike Trumpy and Warren Long were ruled out Thursday.

Green returned soon after being helped off the field and had 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“Last week I didn’t play, and I was hungry to come back and make a name for myself, get the offense going again,’’ Green said.

What could’ve been

When NU looks back at the tape, the offense will be able to blame itself for failing to score when it had second-and-goal at Nebraska’s 1-yard line.

Green lost a yard, then Kain Colter lost two, and NU settled for a field goal.

Starters lost

Without VanHoose, NU was playing with true freshman Matt Harris and redshirt freshman Dwight White at the corners. Both started the season as backups. Starter Daniel Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener at Cal.

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