Scores

Final

Northeastern 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Northwestern 27

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:07 PM ET, September 1, 2007

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 0 0 00
NW 7 10 10 027

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bacher (NW) - 243 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Sutton (NW) - 24 CAR, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Yarbrough (NW) - 7 REC, 68 YDS

Wildcats 27, Huskies 0

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- C.J. Bacher threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as Northwestern beat Northeastern 27-0 on Saturday.

Bacher, a junior who missed six games last fall with a stress fracture in his left leg, was 23-of-28 for 243 yards and capped the Wildcats' opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

Northwestern (1-0) claimed its first shutout since 1997 in the non-conference game and first meeting between the schools. Wildcat junior running back Tyrell Sutton scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. He carried 24 times for 108 yards and moved into fifth place on NU's rushing list with 2,566 yards.

Bacher completed seven straight passes in the Wildcats' opening drive and hit wide receiver Ross Lane on a 2-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Northeastern quarterback Anthony Orio was 10-of-18 for 69 yards in part-time duty while running back Maurice Murray rushed for 48 yards on 16 attempts.

Northwestern's defense held Northeastern to 260 yards while cornerback Sherri McManis led the Wildcats with 10 tackles. The Huskies (0-1) are 2-4 against Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A) foes. The Wildcats are 2-1 against Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA) opponents.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
NW
1st Downs1427
Total Yards260417
Passing151254
Rushing109163
Penalties5-545-45
3rd Down Conversions4-128-16
4th Down Conversions0-22-3
Turnovers00
Possession23:0236:58

Passing Leaders

NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Sperrazz...9/14825.900-
Orio10/18693.800-
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Bacher23/292438.410-
Kafka2/2115.500-

Rushing Leaders

NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray16483.006
Broomfield4358.8029
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sutton241084.5119
Roberson11444.0013

Receiving Leaders

NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Broomfield7507.1022
Plum44210.5027
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Yarbrough7689.7032
Peterman44411.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNENW
TD5:48C.J. BACHER 5 YD RUN (AMADO VILLARREAL KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yards.
07
SECOND QUARTERNENW
FG11:21AMADO VILLARREAL 25 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 30 yards.
010
TD5:33ROSS LANE 2 YD PASS FROM C.J. BACHER (AMADO VILLARREAL KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards.
017
THIRD QUARTERNENW
TD8:48TYRELL SUTTON 1 YD RUN (AMADO VILLARREAL KICK)
Drive info: 14 plays, 76 yards.
024
FG2:45AMADO VILLARREAL 35 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 46 yards.
027