(Saturday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Northwestern 24, Boston College 17
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Northwestern racked up 227 rushing yards this afternoon and that was good enough for the Wildcats to escape Alumni Stadium with a 24-17 decision over the Boston College Eagles.
It was an impressive victory for the Wildcats (1-0), who were without their starting quarterback Dan Persa. The senior is dealing with lingering Achilles tendon problems. Persa suffered a ruptured Achilles last November. He tried to warmup before Saturday's contest at BC before being ruled out.
Kain Colter filled in admirably though, throwing for 197 yards on 17-of-24 passing. Colter, who did toss an interception, also helped the ground attack with 71 yards and one score. Leading the way in the backfield was Mike Trumpy, who rumbled for 85 yards and one touchdown on 15 totes.
Boston College (0-1) was also without one of its best players, as Montel Harris was not in the backfield because of a knee injury. However, Andre Williams made that absence a non-issue, as the sophomore rushed for 114 yards and two scores on 22 carries. Chris Rettig threw for 375 yards, but completed just 24-of-44 passes and was intercepted once.
The two teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, as BC's Nate Freese drilled a 19-yard kick early in the frame, while Northwestern's Jeff Budzien connected on a 43-yard boot midway through the opening stanza.
Williams gave the Eagles a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter when scored on a six-yard run.
However, the Wildcats were able to send the game into the break tied at 10, thanks to a three-yard touchdown run by Colter.
The lone score in the third frame came from Northwestern, as the team marched 80 yards on 10 plays to start the second half. The drive was capped off by a five-yard scamper by Trumpy.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 24-10 early in the final frame when Adonis Smith plunged into the end zone on a one yard run.
Boston College continued to fight though, and with six minutes remaining in regulation the Eagles cut their deficit in half when Williams broke the goal line on a one-yard run.
The Eagles had a few chances to tie the game down the stretch, but Northwestern's defense stood tall en route to the seven-point win.
09/03 16:44:27 ET