Photo gallery: Football: Northwestern vs. Illinois

  • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter had a run early in the first quarter. Colter had 14 carries for 88 yards Saturday. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole runs into the end zone for the Fighting Illinis' second touchdown. These were the last points Illinois earned during Saturday's game. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • A fan runs up the stairs in an empty section of Ryan Field. The stadium was just over half full for Saturday's post-Thanksgiving game between Northwestern and Illinois (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter dives for Northwestern's first touchdown of the game. It was Colter's sole rushing touchdown Saturday. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern fans cheer after a Wildcats score Saturday. NU beat Illinois by more than 30 points at home. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois wide receiver Miles Osei evades Northwestern tacklers. Tackling was a problem for the Wildcats, despite Saturday's wide margin of victory. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter congratulates teammate Venric Mark after his only rushing touchdown. Mark finished with 127 yards for his eighth game with more than 100 yards this season. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois defenders struggle to bring down Northwestern running back Tyris Jones. Jones finished with 13 carries for 45 yards and a receiving touchdown. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • The ball lands in Northwestern wide receiver Cameron Dickenson's lap after a fumbled Illinois kick return. Dickenson recovered the drop. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern wide receiver Cameron Dickenson runs for a few yards after recovering a fumbled Illinois kick return. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois running back Donovann Young evades Northwestern defenders. Young rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois running back Donovann Young shrugs off Northwestern safety Ibrahim Campbell on his way to a rushing touchdown. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern University Marching Band members wait to take the field for the halftime show. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Illinois corner back Terry Hawthorne celebrates a stop with a teammate. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern marching band members do the Wildcat roar. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Teammates congratulate Northwestern safety Ibrahim Campbell after his 40-yard interception return. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern safety Jared Carpenter prepares to tackle Illinois running back Donovann Young. (Rafi Letzter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern players leap on top of offensive lineman Paul Jorgenson after his 24-yard receiving touchdown, the first catch and score of his career. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • A Northwestern fan watches as her friend dances during a break between plays. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern wide receiver Christian Jones looks in as the ball approaches. Jones made the fourth-down grab for 30 yards and a Wildcats first down in the third quarter. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern defensive lineman Max Champman locks eyes with Illinois running back Dami Ayoola before tackling him for a safety in the fourth quarter. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern superback Doug Diedrick gets a hand from his coach and teammates after a rush. NU coach Pat Fitzgerald played backups as Saturday's win became nearly inevitable in the fourth quarter. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern players hoist the Land of Lincoln trophy after defeating Illinois 50-14 on Saturday at Ryan Field. The Wildcats' game against the Fighting Illini was their last match-up of the regular season. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald embraces a young fan after Saturday's game ended in a Wildcats victory. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)
  • Northwestern players took turns lifting the Land of Lincoln trophy in their post-game exuberance after beating Illinois on Saturday. (Rafi Lezter/Daily Senior Staffer)

Rafi Letzter, Assistant Photo Editor
November 24, 2012 •

Northwestern kept its foot on the pedal until the end, crushing in-state rival Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

The Wildcats were once again led by the tandem of junior quarterback Kain Colter and junior running back Venric Mark. NU racked up more than 300 yards on the ground, led by Mark's 127 and Colter's 88. Both players had rushing touchdowns and eight different players scored points for the Wildcats.

Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and completed 9-of-11 passes. Illinois got off to a fast start by scoring a touchdown on its opening possession, but NU responded by holding the Fighting Illini to less than 200 yards of offense after the first drive. The Cats defense also forcing four turnovers from the Fighting Illini.

— Josh Walfish

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