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Kain Colter forced to leave final home game early

Updated: December 25, 2013 6:46AM

This wasn’t the ending Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald envisioned for his seniors, a promising class that he thought would help the Wildcats contend for a conference championship.

But after senior Kain Colter left the game Saturday — his last home game — in the first quarter when he suffered an upper-body injury, Fitzgerald was particularly sympathetic.

Colter injured himself on Northwestern’s second drive of the game after catching a pass from Trevor Siemian and taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis.

It was Colter’s first play of the game at receiver. He played quarterback on Northwestern’s first series.

Lewis was ejected for targeting. After being down, Colter walked off the field on his own, holding his arm. It’s unknown whether he’ll be available for the season finale next week at Illinois.

“What a great career he has had,” Fitzgerald said. “So many magical moments here at Ryan Field, and not to see him get out there and be able to finish [is disappointing].”

Cold-weather ‘sissy’

The 9 degree wind chill made it difficult to pass. Siemian wasn’t afraid to admit how he feels about cold weather.

“It was probably the hardest I’ve had to throw in any weather,” Siemian said. “I’m from Florida, so I’m a sissy when it comes to that stuff. It was tough, but it was the same for everybody.”

One for the books

Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien set the school’s all-time scoring record with a field goal in the first quarter. He has 267 total points.

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