Scores

Final

Boston College 13

(1-2, 0-1 ACC)

Northwestern 22

(3-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

3:30 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
BC 3 7 0 313
NW 6 6 3 722

Top Performers

Passing: C. Rettig (BC) - 291 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Trumpy (NW) - 16 CAR, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Amidon (BC) - 9 REC, 118 YDS

Mike Trumpy's late score pushes Northwestern past BC

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown, and Northwestern beat Boston College 22-13 on Saturday.

Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats (3-0) made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season even though they didn't reach the end zone until the closing minutes.

They downed a punt at the 1 to pin Boston College (1-2) against the goal line and took over on the Eagles' 44 with 2:35 left in the game after they went three-and-out.

After going three quarters against Vanderbilt the previous week without a TD, Northwestern finally broke through in this one when Trumpy broke up the middle for a 27-yard scoring run that made it 22-13 with 1:37 remaining.

Before that, Budzien's leg provided all the scoring. Northwestern wasted several big chances, particularly in the early going, and had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. But with their kicker on target, the Wildcats led most of the way to come out with the win hours after the school announced plans for a new lakefront athletics complex that will include a facility for football.

Kain Colter threw for 144 yards and ran for 66, while Trevor Siemian threw for 123 yards. Venric Mark ran for 77 yards but spent the fourth quarter on the sideline limping with an undisclosed lower body injury.

Chase Rettig came up big for Boston College, completing 24 of 44 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles fell short.

Budzien's 41-yarder at the end of the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 12-10 lead, but that came right after another blown chance. A leaping Kyle Prater deflected a wobbly pass from Siemian in the end zone that probably should have been caught anyway for a 23-yard TD.

Northwestern caught a break after Colter lost a fumble near midfield on its first possession of the third quarter.

Boston College took over at the Wildcats 45 and drove to the 5 before Rolandan Finch got stripped at the line by Brian Arnfelt, with Chi Chi Ariguzo recovering the ball for Northwestern.

That led to a 19-yarder by Budzien to make it 15-10 late in the third, but again, the field goal came after a missed opportunity. This time, Colter overthrew a wide open Christian Jones in the end zone on second down at the 6 before getting stopped on a 4-yard run.

Nate Freese pulled Boston College within two with a 34-yard field goal in the opening seconds of the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BC
NW
1st Downs2234
Total Yards316560
Passing291267
Rushing25293
Penalties4-487-79
3rd Down Conversions2-1112-19
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession24:0435:56

Passing Leaders

Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig24/442916.610
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colter16/201447.200

Rushing Leaders

Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Finch8192.407
Kimble5112.2010
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Trumpy161066.6127
Mark18774.308

Receiving Leaders

Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amidon911813.1034
Coleman58116.2131
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fields9778.6015
Jones25527.5041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBCNW
FG12:25Jeff Budzien 42 Yd 03
FG08:03Nate Freese 21 Yd 33
FG03:36Jeff Budzien 20 Yd 36
SECOND QUARTERBCNW
FG13:21Jeff Budzien 29 Yd 39
TD01:38Johnathan Coleman 31 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 109
FG00:02Jeff Budzien 41 Yd 1012
THIRD QUARTERBCNW
FG02:50Jeff Budzien 19 Yd 1015
FOURTH QUARTERBCNW
FG14:50Nate Freese 34 Yd 1315
TD01:37Mike Trumpy 27 Yd Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1322