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Northwestern piles up yardage, field goals in win over Boston College

Updated: September 15, 2012 6:29PM

Northwestern had more than 500 yards of offense but didn’t score a touchdown until Mike Trumpy sprinted 27 yards with 1:37 left to give the Wildcats a 22-13 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Ryan Field.

The victory moves Northwestern to 3-0. Boston College fell to 1-1.

Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien tied the school record Joel Howell set in 2005 with five field goals. Budzien made kicks of 42, 20, 29, 41 and 19 yards without a miss.

It was odd that a team that moved the ball with ease struggled so mightily in the red zone. Northwestern’s offense kept sputtering regardless of who was at quarterback.

Starter Kain Colter had Dan Vitale wide open in the back of the end zone in the first quarter but didn’t see the superback. Colter scrambled and was stopped for no gain on third-and-goal from the 3. Backup Trevor Sieman fumbled on the 5 while trying to pick up a first down on fourth-and-one with four minutes left in the third quarter. A few minutes later, he overthrew a wide-open Kyle Prater in the back of the end zone. Colter overthrew Christian Jones in the end zone on second-and-goal late in the quarter.

If not for the red-zone problems, both quarterbacks played well as coach Pat Fitzgerald continued his successful two-headed experiment. Sieman completed 14 of 20 passes for 123 yards, and Colter was 16-for-20 for 144 yards. Kolter also had 66 rushing yards on 15 carries.

Running back Venric Mark left the game in the third quarter with what was described later as a “lower-body injury.” He did not return. The Wildcats’ leading rusher finished with 77 yards on 18 carries.

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