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Pat Fitzgerald has to sweat hard hits on QBs Kain Colter, Trevor Siemian

Updated: October 24, 2012 6:51AM

One of the reasons why Pat Fitzgerald isn’t afraid to play two quarterbacks is because the Northwestern coach is convinced he’ll need them both before the season is done.

If Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian keep taking hits as they did in Saturday’s 38-7 rout of South Dakota at Ryan Field, they’re going to prove their coach correct.

Colter led Northwestern to a game-opening touchdown before he was hammered by cornerback Chris Frierson after a 10-yard gain. Colter left the game and went to the locker room for treatment for a wrist injury but later returned and scrambled for 24 yards to highlight a six-play, 57-yard drive that put the Cats up 21-0 with 8:16 left in the second quarter.

“My left wrist has been banged up since Syracuse,” Colter said. “I don’t think it was the hit at all. I just landed on it. I’ll be good to go next week.”

Siemian was leveled as he threw a pass late in the first quarter, but remained in the game.

“They still haven’t learned since Syracuse,” Fitzgerald said, referring to the season opener when he said quarterbacks were responsible for several sacks. “Maybe they’ll figure it out.”

No changes

Fitzgerald said all but three offensive starting positions were open to competition last week, but there were no changes to the starting offense. Quinn Evans replaced Demetrius Dugar as the starter at cornerback. Dugar started the first three games.


South Dakota coach Joe Glenn was not thrilled with his team’s sloppy performance. The Coyotes had nine penalties, three fumbles and several bad snaps.

“We made way too many mistakes that just had nothing to do with Northwestern,” he said. “They could have beaten us on their own.”

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