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    === No. 17 Northwestern continues homestand against Western Michigan ===
 
 Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - With their eyes set on moving up in the
 national rankings yet again, the 17th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will play
 host to the Western Michigan Broncos in a non-conference bout at Ryan Field.
 
 Western Michigan is 0-2 entering Saturday's contest after taking setbacks
 against Michigan State (26-13) and FCS foe Nicholls (27-23). WMU trailed by as
 many as 14 points against Nicholls but did manage to take a 23-21 lead in the
 third quarter before crumbling in the fourth.
 
 Despite the absence of star running back Venric Mark, the Wildcats once again
 looked impressive in their second game. Northwestern took care of Syracuse,
 48-27, and have now scored 40 or more points in each of their first two games.
 At No. 17 in the Top 25, Northwestern has matched its high-point from a year
 ago and is now threatening to attain its highest ranking since 2001.
 
 Though both of these teams hail from the Midwest portion of the country, there
 has never been a matchup between them previously.
 
 Getting consistently solid play at quarterback has not been a strength for the
 Broncos this season. Starter Tyler Van Tubbergen has completed less than 50
 percent of his pass attempts (30-of-63) for just 327 yards and no touchdowns
 while being picked off four times. Van Tubbergen's struggles can be partially
 blamed on an injury sustained during the loss to Michigan State, after which
 he exhibited concussion-like symptoms. However he took every snap for the
 Broncos in the loss to Nicholls.
 
 Improved play on the offensive line, which is largely made up of untested
 players could really help the Broncos' signal caller.
 
 "Tyler got hit a lot. I thought we did a nice job establishing runs, and they
 made some adjustments. Our outside zone play was also really working, but
 Tyler is getting hit way too much," Head coach P.J. Fleck said. "We can sit
 and talk about how four out of five that have never played a football game but
 who cares? You have a job to do and you need to do it."
 
 There has been little balance for the Broncos even with the passing game
 struggling. As a team the Broncos have compiled just 121 yards per game on the
 ground with Brian Fields (31 carries, 127 yards) and Dareyon Chance (26
 carries, 132 yards) splitting carries.
 
 Corey Davis has been the lone bright spot in the passing game and arguably the
 offense as a whole. Davis has caught a team-high 16 passes for 212 yards and a
 touchdown. Davis has twice as many receptions as any other player on the team.
 
 A week removed from holding Michigan State to under 300 yards of offense, the
 Broncos didn't have as much success against Nicholls. WMU let up 447 yards to
 the Colonels, while allowing them to score on 5-of-6 chances in the red zone.
 Pressuring the quarterback has been a real weakness with Johnnie Simon (15
 tackles, sack) the only player with a quarterback takedown. Simon is one of
 five players to reach double-digit tackles already this season, with Kyle
 Lark's 19 stops leading the unit.
 
 Nothing has seemed to slow down the Northwestern offense this year. Despite
 Mark missing the Syracuse game and Kain Colter getting slowed during the trip
 to California, the Wildcats have gone right on piling up the points and yards.
 Northwestern is posting 46 points and 544.5 yards per game, ranking third in
 the Big Ten in total offense.
 
 Colter came back from suffering an injury that gave him concussion-like
 symptoms against California and looked just fine against the Orange. Colter
 completed 15-of-18 pass attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown in the game and
 also rushed for 87 yards and a score. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald has been using
 a quarterback combination though as Trevor Siemian, who threw for 259 yards
 and three scores against Syracuse, has seen plenty of time on the field.
 
 "Two weeks in and I'd like to think we're as balanced as anybody, "Fitzgerald
 said. :We've got two very dynamic quarterbacks; I've kind of been pounding the
 drum for years here talking about 1A and 1B, about two championship-level
 quarterbacks. I think they're really playing well in the framework of what
 we're doing and are complementing each other well."
 
 Treyvon Green has been the reason that the absence of Mark has not caused the
 Wildcats' offense to fall off track. Green has rushed for 195 yards and three
 touchdowns while filling in for Mark, while Mike Trumpy (16 carries, 63 yards)
 has filled in nicely as a backup. Both will likely still be leaned on against
 the Broncos with Mark's status for Saturday's game still up in the air.
 
 As far as pass-catchers go, Tony Jones has been the most dangerous with 14
 receptions for 255 yards and two scores for the Wildcats.
 
 "It's back-to-back weeks that Tony has played at an elite level, an All Big
 Ten level," Fitzgerald said. "We've got to continue to find creative ways to
 move him around and make people account for (him)."
 
 Where there is concern for Northwestern, especially once the Big Ten schedule
 begins, is on the defensive side. Thus far Northwestern has been able to out-
 gun the competition but giving up 491.5 yards of offense and 28.5 points per
 game, as the Wildcats currently are, is not a recipe for continued success.
 
 Though they have not been a stout defensive squad the Wildcats have done a
 good job in disrupting opponents in the backfield. Northwestern is currently
 tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 13.0 tackles for loss. Tyler Scott has
 helped in that regard with a team-high in sacks (2.0) while Ibraheim Campbell
 (13 tackles, two INTs) and Collin Ellis (11 tackles, two INTs) have been
 dangerous in pass coverage.
 
 
 
 09/11 10:53:31 ET

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BC 69
NMU 65
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CHAR 106
PSU 97
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MICH 71
DET 62
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WMARY 100
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USCU 107
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UCF 76
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PURD 82
GRAM 30
 
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NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
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RFLSH 102
KEYSTONE 69
 
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VCU 106
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PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
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BRY 72
UNH 63
 
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PETE 59
NIAG 61
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STET 96
PBAT 85
 
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WAGN 83
SUNYWEST 49
 
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IOWA 57
TEX 71
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TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
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SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
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ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
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TENNM 115
CBC 29
 
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MD 66
FORD 50
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WVU 91
GMAS 65
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RAD 61
HOW 52
 
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MURST 89
BRESCIA 56
 
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VILL 72
BUCK 65
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TENST 75
FISK 60
 
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HARV 71
FATL 49
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MINN 109
FRANKPRCE 57
 
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TULA 100
MVSU 61
 
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TCU 86
NO 71
 
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NW 69
UNF 67
 
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LSUALEX 79
NWST 89
 
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IND 74
SMU 68
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UAB 71
SFLA 73
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EILL 61
UCD 63
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SAV 59
WINT 58
 
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NIOWA 73
MRGST 53
 
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MISS 69
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SCAR 69
CORN 45
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LIP 62
 
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LMU 44
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SMISS 67
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GRCN 64
TXARL 66
 
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NILL 78
IDAHO 67
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CAL 73
SYR 59
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GAELS 78
DEN 62
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NARZ 73
FRES 52
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PAC 81
PACU 56
 
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SDST 51
CALST 27
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UCLA 107
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PHI 2
MIN 3
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OTT 3
NAS 2
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MON 4
STL 1
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TOR 5
TAM 2
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WIN 3
DET 4
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DAL 3
ARI 1
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CAL 3
CHI 4
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OAK 24
KAN 20