Northwestern throttles Indiana 24-14 for third straight win

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Northwestern throttles Indiana 24-14 for third straight win

Especially not with the Wildcats QB Clayton Thorson already having three touchdown passes.

The Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana Hoosiers today in a big game today on the college football schedule.

After a 54-40 win at Michigan State last weekend, the Wildcats were optimistic about capturing another Big Ten victory during Homecoming weekend.

The 'Cats quickly proved they could.

IN is likely to make a bowl for the second straight season after ending a seven-year drought, but the Hoosiers know Northwestern is on a roll.

After Indiana was unable to move the ball on its next possession, Northwestern needed only five plays to score again. It marked the sixth straight game in which Carr scored on a pass reception.

Forced to throw often in the second half, Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow completed 35 of 59 attempts for 319 yards.

Whoa. Did Montre Hartage just. yes, yes he did. IN got on the board with a 21-yard field goal by Oakes with 3:40 left in the opening quarter. Needless to say, the fake was unsuccessful. Northwestern outgained the Hoosiers 371-120 in the first half while taking a 24-3 halftime lead. Northwestern's Justin Jackson is coming off a career game against Michigan State and so is receiver Austin Carr.

The second half didn't go quite as well.

Griffin Oakes cut the deficit to 14-3 on a 21-yard field five minutes later, but the Wildcats responded immediately.

FILE - In this October 15, 2016, file photo, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald reacts during a timeout in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, in East Lansing, Mich.

But when the offense started to struggle, the defense took over.

IN (3-4, 1-3) moved the ball throughout the second half, but Northwestern's injury-ravaged defense came up with several big plays, led by safety Kyle Quintero's spectacular one-handed interception and Ifeadi Odenigbo's Big Ten-best eighth sack.

Holy cow!@NUFBFamily's Kyle Queiro just out-did @JourdanJD's INT. This is the third time a Northwestern cornerback has called for his own interception the night before the game. He said he was "pleasantly surprised" after seeing the secondary watching film on a Thursday night, doing extra to prepare and seeing it pay off.

Northwestern faces a stiff test against Ohio Stadium on Saturday, when they meet second-ranked Ohio State in Columbus. That gave the senior a Big Ten-leading seven on the season.

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