Scores

Final

Illinois 14

(2-10, 0-8 Big Ten)

Northwestern 50

(9-3, 5-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, November 24, 2012

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
ILL 7 7 0 014
NW 10 17 21 250

Top Performers

Passing: K. Colter (NW) - 102 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: V. Mark (NW) - 18 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Jones (NW) - 3 REC, 16 YDS, 1 TD

Kain Colter's 3 TDs helps Northwestern up bowl chances

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern improved its chances for a berth in a New Year's Day bowl game, beating Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008.

Penalties and turnovers hurt Illinois (2-10, 0-8), which has lost nine straight and 14 in a row in Big Ten play. The Illini committed four turnovers -- including three interceptions -- and eight penalties in their season finale.

Northwestern captured the Land of Lincoln Trophy after losing to the Illini in the rivalry game the last two seasons.

Donovonn Young rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown for Illinois, which ranks last in the Big Ten in scoring offense in coach Tim Beckman's first season. Nathan Scheelhaase went 9 for 14 for 91 yards and two interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILL
NW
1st Downs1229
Total Yards242450
Passing116112
Rushing126338
Penalties8-882-20
3rd Down Conversions6-97-13
4th Down Conversions0-04-4
Turnovers42
Possession22:5737:03

Passing Leaders

IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scheelhaase9/14916.502
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colter9/111029.330

Rushing Leaders

IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young11746.7126
Ferguson5244.8013
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mark181277.1118
Colter14886.3128

Receiving Leaders

IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Osei33411.3015
Millines33110.3013
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones13030.0030
Jorgensen12424.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILLNW
TD08:58Donovonn Young 15 Yd Run (Nick Immekus Kick) 70
FG06:59Jeff Budzien 44 Yd 73
TD06:27Kain Colter 2 Yd Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERILLNW
TD14:54Tony Jones 9 Yd Pass From Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien Kick) 717
TD10:55Reilly O'Toole 12 Yd Run (Nick Immekus Kick) 1417
TD06:13Venric Mark 3 Yd Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1424
FG00:03Jeff Budzien 36 Yd 1427
THIRD QUARTERILLNW
TD10:20Tyris Jones 15 Yd Pass From Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1434
TD06:55Paul Jorgensen 24 Yd Pass From Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1441
TD02:09Mike Trumpy 3 Yd Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1448
FOURTH QUARTERILLNW
SF03:00Dami Ayoola Tackled By Max Chapman In End Zone 1450