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Pat Fitzgerald earned his 100th-career win as a head coach. All 100 of his wins have come as the head coach of the Wildcats.
Northwestern improves to 11-4 under Fitzgerald in its first home game of the season and 12-3 in season openers.
The 40-point margin of victory is the ‘Cats’ largest over a Big Ten opponent since 1970, when Northwestern defeated Illinois 48-0.
Tonight’s game is the first time Northwestern has scored more than 40 points against a Big Ten opponent since November 25, 2017, when the Wildcats defeated
Illinois 42-7.
Northwestern did not surrender a touchdown against a Big Ten opponent for the first time since November 18, 2017, when it shut out Minnesota 39-0.
Northwestern scored a touchdown on its first drive of the season for the first time since scoring on its first possession against Purdue in the 2018 opener. It was also
the first opening drive touchdown for the Wildcats in a game since September 14, 2019 against UNLV.
Northwestern scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the game. The Wildcats last scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives in the third quarter against Illinois
in 2019.
The Wildcats snagged interceptions on back-to-back Maryland drives in the first quarter. They last grabbed interceptions on back-to-back drives against Minnesota in
the first quarter on Nov. 17, 2018.
● The Wildcats ended the game with three interceptions. The last time they recorded three interceptions in a game was against Purdue on Aug. 30 2018.
Northwestern’s 30 points in the first half are the most scored by the Wildcats since scoring 31 in their 2018 season opener at Purdue (August 30, 2018 ).
● The Wildcats 27-point lead is their largest margin after one half since leading Bowling Green 35-7 on September 16, 2017.
Northwestern’s 336 total yards in the first half was its most in a first half since totaling 347 yards against Bowling Green on Sep. 16, 2017. The last time it reached
500-599 yards of total offense was also against Maryland (531) in the first meeting between the two programs on October 14, 2017.
The Wildcats’ 17-play, 75-yard touchdown drive during the third quarter was their most plays in a scoring drive since an 18-play, 73-yard scoring drive vs. Notre Dame
on November 3, 2018.
Northwestern had four separate players score rushing touchdowns for the first time since November 25, 2017 vs. Illinois.
The Wildcats’ 16 points off of turnovers were their most since scoring 21 points off turnovers against Utah in the 2018 Holiday Bowl.
NORTHWESTERN PLAYER NOTES
LT PETER SKORONSKI, CB ROD HEARD II and S BRANDON JOSEPH each made their first-career starts. They are the first Northwestern rookies to start in a season
opener since Rashawn Slater (RT), Paddy Fisher (MLB) and Samdup Miller did so on September 2, 2017 in a win over Nevada.
TE JOHN RAINE recorded his first career reception as a Northwestern Wildcat during the first quarter. Raine enters the 2020 season as a graduate transfer from
Florida Atlantic, where he earned a C-USA Honorable Mention during his senior campaign in 2019.
RB ISAIAH BOWSER
● Scored a 1-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats’ first offensive drive of the game, his seventh-career rushing touchdown and first since November 17, 2018
at Minnesota, when he scored twice.
● Hauled in his first-career receiving touchdown in the third quarter on a 7-yard pass from Peyton Ramsey.
● Bowser is the first NU player to record a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Riley Lees did so vs. Utah in the 2018 Holiday Bowl (Dec.
31, 2018).
QB PEYTON RAMSEY scored his first touchdown as a Wildcat on a 12-yard rush with 1:31 to go in the first quarter. He added his first passing touchdown to cap off the
Wildcats’ first drive in the third quarter, with a 7-yard strike to Isaiah Bowser.
● Ramsey’s 23 completions are the most by a Wildcat quarterback in his first start with NU since Gavin Hoffman threw for 265 yards vs. UNLV on September
5, 1999.
● Ramsey is the first Wildcat quarterback to throw for at least 200 yards in his program debut since Dan Persa vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 4, 2010)
● He is the first NU quarterback to win in his first start since Clayton Thorson vs. Stanford on September 9, 2015.
CB A.J. HAMPTON recorded an interception in the first quarter, the second of his career. Hampton also recorded an interception in the Wildcats’ 2019 season finale
at Illinois on November 30, 2019. The last Wildcat to record an interception in back-to-back games was Blake Gallagher in 2019, who did so in three consecutive
games (Nov. 9-23).
S JR PACE recorded an interception in the first quarter, the eighth of his career and his first since September 28, 2019 at Wisconsin.
WR MALIK WASHINGTON brought in his longest career reception of 23 yards during the opening frame. His previous long was 11 against Minnesota on November 23,
2019.
CB CAMERON RUIZ recorded his first-career sack early in the second quarter, which was also his first tackle for loss since November 16, 2019 vs. UMass.
RB DRAKE ANDERSON scored on a 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It marked the longest run of Anderson’s career and his first touchdown run since
September 28, 2019 at Wisconsin.
RB CAM PORTER appeared in his first-career game and recovered a fumble during a kickoff in the second quarter.
K CHARLIE KUHBANDER kicked two field goals of 43 yards in the first half. This is the first time he’s kicked multiple field goals of 40+ yards in the same game.
CB COCO AZEMA snatched his first career interception during the third quarter.
RB EVAN HULL scored his fifth-career rushing touchdown on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter. Four of Hull’s five career touchdown runs have gone for at least 30
yards.