Northwestern offense keys victory over Syracuse

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Northwestern offense keys victory over Syracuse

Junior running back Treyvon Green runs down on special teams. Green scored two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Junior running back Treyvon Green runs down on special teams. Green scored two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Susan Du/Daily Senior Staffer

Junior running back Treyvon Green runs down on special teams. Green scored two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Susan Du/Daily Senior Staffer

Susan Du/Daily Senior Staffer

Junior running back Treyvon Green runs down on special teams. Green scored two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Rohan Nadkarni, Gameday Editor

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Third quarter: Syracuse scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass that finished a nine-play, 75-yard drive less than two minutes and 30 seconds into the third quarter. The Orange missed the extra point, making the score 34-13.

Northwestern struggled on offense after dominating for the first 30 minutes. The Wildcats recorded 97 yards of total offense after accumulating 387 in the first half.

Fourth quarter: Twelve seconds into the final quarter, junior quarterback Trevor Siemian found junior wide receiver Tony Jones for a wide-open, 47-yard touchdown pass to give NU a 41-13 lead. The pass capped a six-play, 41-yard drive and was the Cats’ first score of the second half.

On Syracuse’s subsequent drive, sophomore defensive end Dean Lowry intercepted Orange quarterback Drew Allen. NU could not capitalize on its next drive, turning the ball over on downs.

After taking the ball back, Syracuse quickly drove down the field and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, making the score 41-20.

NU regained its four-touchdown lead with a second score from junior running back Treyvon Green. After an interception by junior safety Ibraheim Campbell, Green scored on a 28-yard run.

Syracuse continued its second-half surge after Green’s score. On the 10th play of a 77-yard drive, the Orange scored on a 15-yard run, cutting NU’s lead to 48-27.

Correction: The number of yards the Wildcats recorded in the third quarter was incorrect in a previous version of this article. The Daily regrets the error.

— Rohan Nadkarni

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