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Northwestern pays tribute to Leon Brockmeier

Updated: November 29, 2012 6:51AM

Emotions in the locker room were charged after Northwestern’s 28-17 victory Saturday against Iowa, as senior left tackle Patrick Ward honored the Brockmeier family.Ward shelved his customary No. 70 jersey for No. 67, the number

Leon Brockmeier wore from 1997 to 2001, when he started 35 games for the Wildcats. Brockmeier died of natural causes late last month, and his wife, Melanie , received the No. 67 jersey Ward wore.‘‘We lift this game up to the Brockmeier family,’’ coach

Pat Fitzgerald said. ‘‘It was just one of those special moments that I don’t think anyone in our football family will ever forget.‘‘I know the big fella is looking down upon us, smiling ear to ear, probably standing right next to [late coach

Randy Walker ], having a good time.’’Ward wasn’t made available for comment after the game, but quarterback

Kain Colter spoke for his teammates.

‘‘We just wanted to have an impact on Leon’s family,’’ Colter said, ‘‘and I hope they can carry that with them and that it was special for them because it was really special for us.’’

QB update

After a rough game against Nebraska, backup quarterback Trevor Siemian played only briefly against the Hawkeyes. He completed his only pass for four yards.

Colter had 166 rushing yards and 80 passing yards.

‘‘We felt like if we could control the line of scrimmage, we’d give ourselves a great opportunity to win the game,’’ Fitzgerald said. ‘‘Some of the things that we have done well have had Kain there at quarterback, so we made some decisions to kind of focus on that. For the most part, that worked out efficiently.’’

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