VANDERBILT 7 3 0 3 13
NWESTERN 3 0 3 17 23
Date of game: 9/8/2012

Recap: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt

Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter's late touchdown run gave the Wildcats a little breathing room as they captured a 23-13 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in non-conference play at Ryan Field.

Despite being listed as probable for the game due to a shoulder injury, Colter stepped in to register 66 rushing yards on 13 attempts as well as convert 7- of-15 passes for another 42 yards for the Wildcats (2-0). Venric Mark ran for a game-high 123 yards and scored once on 24 carries, while Trevor Siemian, the hero from last week's victory over Syracuse, hit on 10-of-16 passing for 91 yards.

The Commodores (0-2) were paced by Jordan Rodgers who converted 17-of-33 for 217 yards and a score, but was sacked three times in the setback.

Vandy kicked off the night's scoring early in the first quarter as Rodgers found Jordan Matthews with a 22-yard TD strike.

Less than three minutes later the Wildcats took a bite out of that lead when Jeff Budzien knocked through the first of his three field goals, this one from 40 yards out to make the score 7-3.

The only points of the second frame came from Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear who booted a 32-yard field goals, giving the Commodores a 10-3 edge at the break.

A 37-yard field goal by Budzien in the third quarter made the score 10-6 heading into a fourth period that proved to be the most active 15-minutes segment of the night.

Mark's seven-yard TD run with 9:28 remaining in regulation gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 13-10.

Spear and Budzien both connected on field goals for their squads from 26 and 19 yards, respectively, which made the score 16-13 with 2:01 left in the fourth.

Putting the game out of reach for the hosts was Colter who, with 1:24 to play, reversed field and streaked into the end zone down the right side to give the Wildcats a 23-13 triumph.

Flagged just four times on the night for a loss of 40 yards, Vandy hurt itself with just 4-of-15 success on third down.

Game Notes

Winston cleared of FSU conduct violations

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Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

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