Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Carrier Dome
Attendance - 37830

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 7 14 14 7 42
Syracuse 6 7 14 14 41

Recap


Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41: Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Fields with 44 seconds remaining to lead Northwestern to a thrilling win over the host Orange.

The win was the eighth straight season-opening victory for the Wildcats under head coach Pat Fitzgerald, while the Orange dropped their sixth straight game dating to their 2011 late-season collapse.

Siemian's heroics overshadowed a record-setting performance by Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib and averted a collapse by the Wildcats, who had a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter. Nassib finished 44-for-65 for a school-record 470 yards and four touchdowns.

Trailing 35-13, Nassib led the Orange on four consecutive touchdown drives to give Syracuse a 41-35 lead with 2:40 remaining.

Siemian, who took over for starter Kain Colter at the start of the fourth quarter, drove the Wildcats 75 yards in 10 plays in just 1:56, capped by the throw to Fields in the back of the end zone to stun the Orange.

Colter passed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 40 and another score in the first three quarters to lead Northwestern.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: Marcus Sales, who sat out the entire 2011 season for Syracuse because of legal issues, caught 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Venric Mark had 281 all-purpose yards for Northwestern, with 134 coming on two punt returns, including an 82-yard touchdown. Mark also rushed for 82 yards and caught a TD pass.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:47
Syracuse   FG  Syracuse 3 - Northwestern 0
1st Quarter - 3:57
Syracuse   FG  Syracuse 6 - Northwestern 0
1st Quarter - 0:23
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 6 - Northwestern 7
2nd Quarter - 10:58
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 13 - Northwestern 7
2nd Quarter - 6:53
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 13 - Northwestern 14
2nd Quarter - 3:49
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 13 - Northwestern 21
3rd Quarter - 13:32
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 13 - Northwestern 28
3rd Quarter - 7:34
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 13 - Northwestern 35
3rd Quarter - 2:21
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 20 - Northwestern 35
3rd Quarter - 0:00
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 27 - Northwestern 35
4th Quarter - 6:42
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 33 - Northwestern 35
4th Quarter - 2:40
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 41 - Northwestern 35
4th Quarter - 0:44
Northwestern   TD  Syracuse 41 - Northwestern 42
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Syracuse
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Syracuse
Score 42 41
First Downs 21 33
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-14
36%
12-for-20
60%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 337 584
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 40-124 29-114
Average/Rush 3.1 3.9
Passing
Comp-Att 22-32 44-65
Passing Yards 213 470
Average/Pass Play 5.8 7.1
Penalties-Yards 7-77 12-72
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 27:20 32:40

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Colter 14/21 135 2 0
T. Siemian 8/11 78 1 0
Syracuse (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Nassib 44/65 482 4 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
V. Mark 14 82 5.9 0
K. Colter 14 40 2.9 1
T. Green 3 8 2.7 0
T. Jones 1 4 4.0 0
T. Siemian 3 -1 -0.3 0
M. Trumpy 4 -4 -1.0 0
T. Scott 1 -5 -5.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Gulley 7 50 7.1 1
J. Smith 10 34 3.4 0
R. Nassib 12 30 2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Fields 8 83 10.4 1
C. Jones 3 34 11.3 1
T. Jones 3 30 10.0 0
R. Lawrence 2 20 10.0 0
V. Mark 2 16 8.0 1
Q. Williams 1 12 12.0 0
K. Prater 2 11 5.5 0
D. Vitale 1 7 7.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Sales 12 129 10.8 1
J. Kobena 4 79 19.8 2
J. West 4 59 14.8 0
B. Wales 6 49 8.2 0
P. Gulley 7 46 6.6 0
J. Smith 2 39 19.5 0
A. Broyld 4 28 7.0 0
C. Clark 3 28 9.3 1
C. Cutler 3 25 8.3 0