Northwestern didn’t give up a single rushing yard in the quarter despite six attempts on the ground from Boston College, and the Wildcats lead 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien booted two field goals in the quarter.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a score when Budzien made a 40-yard field goal.
The Eagles tied things up at three when a 12-play, 61-yard drive ended after Nate Freese kicked a 21-yard field goal. Boston College had to settle for a field goal after failing to reach the endzone from Northwestern’s four-yard line.
A 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive by the Wildcats snapped the 3-3 deadlock, as Budzien kicked a 20-yard field goal. The key play on Northwestern’s drive was Kain Colter’s 41-yard pass. The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass.
Northwestern will start the second quarter with the ball at the Eagles’ 47-yard line.
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