Cats Hold Off The Huskies - NU 38, NIU 37

Sutton Scores 4th TD

And it was a record tieing performance by NU Running Back Tyrell Sutton as he scored 4 times to tie for second on the single game best list. The Cats held off a Northern Illinois 2 pont conversion try to win the game with 6 seconds left, then smothered an on-side kick to ice the game.

This was the offensive show everyone expected.
First off, NU Quarterback Brett Basanez' 213 yards passing and 50 yards rushing, passed Lou Williams 8,029 career total offense and 7,487 yards passing records. Williams played 1990-1993.

AP Photo Rex ArbogastBut it took an 82 yard Punt return by Marquice Cole, and 4 rushing touchdowns by freshman Tyrell Sutton [shown on the run] to stay ahead of the Huskies, who used 4 rushing touchdowns of their own to keep up with the Wildcats. Sutton finished the game with 214 yards on 30 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry.

Wolfe, the MAC Player of the Week last week, finished the day with 243 yards on 34 carries for a 7.1 average. He also scored 3 TDs.

What might have been surprising was the passing game of Northern Illinois.

NIU QB Phil Horvath kept the Cats off balance all afternoon, finishing 24 of 36 and 274 yeards with one TD and one interception. His favorite target was Sam Hurd who grabed 7 passes for 92 yards and the final TD. The NIU passing game failed them once, at the end of the game, Horvath's pass failed as the receiver apparently fell down.

Northwestern is now off to one of their best starts in the Randy Walker era at 2-0. The team now heads on the road to face Arizona State in Tempe next Saturday.

We've got the post game interviews ready to roll. Stay tuned.

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