Sep 15, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Boston College Eagles wide receiver Johnathan Coleman (14) catches a touchdown pass over Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Ibraheim Campbell (24) during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
This game was the anti-Syracuse: the defense played well, and the offense moved the ball effortlessly over most of the field while struggling in the red zone. Major credit is due to Jeff Budzien for hitting his five field goals and an extra point, while Mike Trumpy went over 100 yards as the most productive rusher on a 293 yard rushing day for the team.
More positives: Kain Colter missed an easy touchdown, but he also had his best passing performance on the year (16/19 for 145 yards). With Venric Mark missing much of the game due to injury, Hunter Bates was effective as a punt returner and Trumpy had the aforementioned 100 yard rushing game. The defense absolutely shut down BC's rushing game (21 carries, 24 yards) and was decent in coverage (Chase Rettig was 24-44 for 290 yards). So far this team has been a pleasant surprise, and today's game keeps Northwestern undefeated for the year.