Things looked promising for Boston College right from the start. Golden Eagle running back Andre Williams took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage and appeared headed to the endzone, but Jordan Mabin made a touchdown-saving tackle. Boston College had to settle for a Nate Freese field goal after the NU defense delivered a stand inside the five yard line.
After a rocky start, Kain Colter settled in during his second drive and led the team into Boston College territory. The drive stalled and new kicker Jeff Budzien hit his first field goal, a 45-yarder, which tied the game.
Toward the end of the first quarter, Northwestern appeared to have their first touchdown of the season as Adonis Smith took a pitch into the end zone, but it would not stand as Rashad Lawrence was called for holding.
That drive would come up empty. Pat Fitzgerald elected to go for it on fourth down and one, but Kain Colter was stuffed on a quarterback keeper.
Boston College would regain the lead in the second quarter when Colter made his first big mistake of the game. His errant pass ended up in the hands of Luke Kuechly, who ran the ball inside the five yard line. Andre Williams would punch into the end zone.
Down by seven points late in the first half, Northwestern capped off the half the right way. The Wildcats drove 80 yards and ended the drive with a touchdown, as Kain Colter ran in from three yards out.
Northwestern will get the ball to start the second half. Stay with PurpleWildcats.com for post-game coverage.