Few college football teams have success using two different quarterbacks, but the Northwestern Wildcats are definitely one of the few. The combination of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemien simply overwhelmed the Syracuse Orange, giving the Wildcats a significant first-half lead which allowed them to cruise to victory over the Orange.
Colter was questionable to play in this game earlier in the week after suffering a concussion early in Northwestern’s win last week against the Cal Golden Bears, but he showed no ill effects of the injury against Syracuse. Colter was not only efficient as a passer, completing 14-of-16 passes for 110 yards, but he also did a lot of damage with his legs, which has been his calling card throughout his career.
An aggressive Syracuse defense tried to blitz Colter in order to stop him, but on far too many occasions he was able to escape the grasp of the Syracuse defenders and run free, finishing with 87 rushing yards on eight carries.
Siemien was also efficient throwing the ball, completing 14-of-18 passes, but as more of a pocket passes than Colter. Siemien threw more passes down the field, finishing with 212 yards passing and two touchdowns. The two quarterbacks moved in and out of the game seamlessly, and while the effort of the Syracuse defense can’t be faulted, by the time they got a handle on stopping either quarterback, the game was out of reach.
Meanwhile, Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen threw four interceptions, consistently halting any chance the Orange had of crawling back in the game.
In the end, Northwestern had two quality quarterbacks and Syracuse had none, and that allowed the Wildcats to cruise to an easy victory. Northwestern is now 2-0 on the season, with both wins coming against BCS conference teams.
Northwestern will take it easy over the next couple of weeks with games against Central Michigan and Maine, before hosting a Big 10 showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who had better be ready for Northwestern’s two-quarterback attack.