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LB Damien Proby makes his first interception count

Updated: October 23, 2013 6:49AM



When Northwestern linebacker Damien Proby saw the ball tipped within his reach in the victory Saturday against Maine, he held on to it like a newborn child.

After all, it wasn’t only the first interception of Proby’s college career, it was his first in all his years of playing football. Forty-nine yards later, he scored his first college touchdown.

Immediately after he caught the ball, he said he had one thing on his mind.

‘‘Honestly, just get home,’’ Proby said. ‘‘Just get there. Good thing my defense was there. Our defensive line was in front of me. I had the cavalry there to kind of help me walk it in. So it was a good play. I was happy for it.’’

The touchdown, which came with 42 seconds left in the first half, sent the Wildcats into the locker room leading 14-0.

Dean of the defense

Sophomore defensive end Dean Lowry arguably has had the best season of any player on NU’s defense to date, and he furthered his case Saturday.

Lowry had a sack, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown against the Black Bears.

‘‘He’s doing a great job in his film study, a great job in his preparation, and he’s a guy I think through the experiences he had last year is really coming into his own,’’ coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ‘‘He’s got a great grasp of the system and plays incredibly hard with terrific effort.’’

No longer perfect

After scoring on each of their first 16 trips to the red zone this season, the Wildcats failed to score on their two trips inside the 20-yard line Saturday.

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