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Junior quarterback Trevor Siemian dodges a Minnesota defender Saturday. Siemian struggled to coordinate his offense, threw two costly interceptions and fumbled the ball. He was the only quarterback out on Ryan Field, as senior Kain Colter, who left last week's Wisconsin contest due to injury, was reserved in case of emergency.

Brian Lee and Sarah Nelson

Northwestern’s game kicked off 11 a.m. Saturday, and the Wildcats played like they forgot their morning cup of coffee.

NU (4-3, 0-3) lost 20-17 at Ryan Field, falling to Minnesota (5-2, 1-2) in a game NU was favored to win by double digits.

“We’ve just got to play better, is what it comes down to,” junior linebacker Collin Ellis said flatly. “We didn’t play well today, and that’s pretty much how it is.”

— Alex Putterman

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