Cats dominate early, allow Indiana life,but then put away 44-29 win for 5-0 start

EVANSTON—On a perfect mid-morning/early afternoon on the North Shore, Northwestern improved to 5-0 for the third time in the last five seasons with a 44-29 tougher than it could have been win over Indiana. The Hoosiers hung tough for the first quarter with both quarterbacks Cameron Coffman and Trevor Siemian getting intercepted, . The Wildcats got on the board as QB/RB Kain Colter ran it in from the Indiana 8 with 5:52 left in the half.It was the first of four TD’s(three in the first half) for Colter. The Cats(5-0)dominated the second period with Jeff Budzien booting field goals of 44 and 34 yards, sandwiched around another 8 yd TD by Colter and it was 20-0 at halftime.NU took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards in 7 plays with Colter avoiding three tackles and scoring from the 15. The Hoosiers got some momentum helped by a Cats turnover. Stephen Houston capped a quick 75 yard drive with a 20 yard run,on which he broke away twice.NU was moving the ball on their next series,but Venric Mark had the ball knocked away and Indiana recovered at their own 36. Backup QB Nate Sudfeld started to pick the NU DB’s apart.He threw two passes to Hughes who made nice grabs,the second on the goal line from the NU 35 and the Hoosiers had a pair of TD’s within 2:15 to cut it to 27-14. But Northwestern answered quickly with a 75 yard drive,and Mark pushed it over from inside the one. But the Wildcats failed to keep the pressure on as they missed three tackles on Tevin Coleman who returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards and just like that, it was 34-21. Budzien kicked a 29 yd field goal after Demetrius Fields(wide open)dropped a would be TD pass. It was NU 37-Indiana 21 after three quarters.
NU’s defense started to collapse a bit. They’re DB’s begun to get torched. D’Angelo  Roberts capped a 69 yd drive(in just 2:10)with a score and the Hoosiers got to within 8 after a great play fake by Sudfeld who pitched to Kofi Hughes who ran it it untouched. Now 37-29 with still 14:06 to go! The NU defense woke up and got a three and out. Colter than led a 62 yard drive,and scored his fourth TD of the day,from the 22 Indiana again drove deep(to the Cats 4,but after a false start penalty,Sudfeld air mailed a pass out of the end zone,giving the Cats the ball back.After picking up a first down and forcing Indiana to use all three of their time outs, they ran out the clock.

NOTES—NU had 704 total net yards on offense,which is a new school record…Attendance was 33,129….The Wildcats are at Penn State next Saturday.

LES

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