NU Defense Edges Offense, 47-43

Northwestern's defense edged the offense, 47-43, in the annual spring exhibition. offers a recap, plus hands out the MVP awards.

Game Recap: Chance Carter flipped the game in the defense's favor with a 19-yard interception for a touchdown, worth 17 points, giving the unit a 46-32 lead. The offense would rally, but fell short in a 47-43 score.

Trevor Siemian threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns while completing 8 of 14 passes. Siemian completed a 40-yard pass to redshirt freshman Cam Dickerson, who spun off a tackler and lost his shoe, but dove into the endzone.

Kain Colter, the likely starting quarterback, threw for 56 yards while completing 7 of 12 passes.

If the scrimmage was played with a regular scoring system, the offense would have racked up 24 points.

Offensive MVP: Trevor Siemian

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian continues to push for the starting job, and was impressive on Saturday. Siemian proved to be an effective leader of the offense, and was able to drive the unit to the endzone twice. Siemian was not sacked once during the game, showing strong poise in the pocket.

Co-Defensive MVP: Chance Carter, Deonte Gibson

It is a good sign for Northwestern that two up-and-coming defensive linemen earned the co-MVP honors. Both Chance Carter and Deonte Gibson gave trouble to the offense. The mobile Kain Colter was sacked five times, twice by Gibson. Carter, who has added some size to his frame, was able to produce a steady pass rush, with his highlight coming on the game-changing interception.

Quote to note: Pat Fitzgerald

"That side of the ball was very grateful for the negative comments about them. They use that as fuel. As they said at the start of the spring, 'we deserved (the negativity); we didn't play very well at times.' What are you going to do about it? How are you going to respond? That's something we value here. They've taken that as external motivation."

Stay with for more from the Northwestern spring game, including postgame video, analysis, reaction and more.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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