Boxscore
Northwestern 42, Eastern Illinois 21
Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Ryan Field
Attendance - 28042

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Eastern Illinois 0 7 7 7 21
Northwestern 14 14 7 7 42

Recap


Kain Colter could be sparking a quarterback controversy after another stellar effort for Northwestern.

Colter, who is filling in for injured NU starter Dan Persa, rushed for three touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Eastern Illinois at Ryan Field.

With an emphasis on improving their running game, the Wildcats upped the tempo with a no-huddle offense that wore down the Panthers front seven. Northwestern carried the ball for 319 yards, calling 85 percent of its offensive plays on the ground. That effort was the third straight game in which the Wildcats have topped 200 yards rushing, going back to last year's TicketCity Bowl.

Turnovers and sloppy snaps plagued the Panthers early on. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted once and fumbled once. He finished the game with 209 yards and one touchdown, coming on a deep roll-out throw to receiver Kenny Whittaker for a 72-yard score in the second quarter.

Colter put up 213 all-purpose yards, including 109 gains on the ground, marking just the eighth time a NU quarterback has rushed for over 100 yards.

Persa missed his second straight game with a lingering Achilles' injury. Running back Mike Trumpy also sat out due to a concussion.

Northwestern's normally white "N" on its helmet was red, white and blue American flag inspired in a tribute to the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Eastern Illinois falls to 1-1 with the loss heading into next week's home game against Tennessee Tech. Northwestern moves to 2-0 with a home date against Army in Week 3.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:52
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 7 - Eastern Illinois 0
1st Quarter - 3:41
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 14 - Eastern Illinois 0
2nd Quarter - 7:42
Eastern Illinois   TD  Northwestern 14 - Eastern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 4:43
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 21 - Eastern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 0:31
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 28 - Eastern Illinois 7
3rd Quarter - 9:34
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 35 - Eastern Illinois 7
3rd Quarter - 0:34
Eastern Illinois   TD  Northwestern 35 - Eastern Illinois 14
4th Quarter - 11:01
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 42 - Eastern Illinois 14
4th Quarter - 0:07
Eastern Illinois   TD  Northwestern 42 - Eastern Illinois 21
TEAMS

Team Records

  Eastern Illinois Northwestern
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Eastern Illinois Northwestern
Score 21 42
First Downs 13 27
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-10
40%
8-for-13
62%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 341 437
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 26-132 67-320
Average/Rush 5.1 4.8
Passing
Comp-Att 14-25 12-16
Passing Yards 209 117
Average/Pass Play 7.7 6.9
Penalties-Yards 6-41 5-40
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 23:38 36:22

PLAYER STATS

Eastern Illinois (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Northwestern (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Colter 10/13 104 0 0
T. Siemian 2/3 13 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 15 109 7.3 3
T. Green 14 70 5.0 1
J. Schmidt 11 57 5.2 1
A. Smith 17 55 3.2 0
T. Jones 7 21 3.0 0
T. Siemian 1 8 8.0 0
E. Watkins 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Fields 3 41 13.7 0
D. Dunsmore 2 26 13.0 0
A. Smith 3 24 8.0 0
D. Moulton 1 12 12.0 0
J. Schmidt 1 10 10.0 0
T. Green 1 3 3.0 0
T. Jones 1 1 1.0 1
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