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QB Kain Colter was cleared to play on Wednesday

Updated: October 10, 2013 6:20AM

Luckily for quarterback Kain Colter, the concussion he suffered in the opener at California was relatively benign.

By the time he arrived back in Chicago, Colter felt no ill effects, and he was cleared to play Wednesday.

“I felt 100 percent normal Sunday afternoon,” Colter said. “Ever since then I felt good. But nowadays, people are really worried about the concussions and they don’t want to push anything. We have our protocol and I had to follow that.”

Hands up

Through the first two games of the season, Northwestern has noticed that opposing quarterbacks are employing a lot of quick drops and getting rid of the ball quickly.

Recognizing that, the linemen have turned their focus away from getting a sack to trying to tip balls. That, in part, led to four NU interceptions.

“It’s important to get our hands up and get tips because sacks may not always be there when they are throwing the ball so quick and throwing those outs,” said defensive end Dean Lowry, who had an interception. “So [the coaches] emphasized that in the last two weeks in practice.”

Chi Chi Ariguzo, Traveon Henry and Ibraheim Campbell had the other picks.

Mark out

Starting running back Venric Mark did not play and was again classified as day-to-day by Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Series end

Saturday’s game marked the end of Northwestern’s four-game contract with Syracuse. NU won three of those four.

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