EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown, and Northwestern beat Boston College 22-13 on Saturday.
Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats (3-0) made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season even though they didn't reach the end zone until the closing minutes.
They downed a punt at the 1 to pin Boston College (1-2) against the goal line and took over on the Eagles' 44 with 2:35 left in the game after they went three-and-out.
After going three quarters against Vanderbilt the previous week without a TD, Northwestern finally broke through in this one when Trumpy broke up the middle for a 27-yard scoring run that made it 22-13 with 1:37 remaining.
Before that, Budzien's leg provided all the scoring. Northwestern wasted several big chances, particularly in the early going, and had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. But with their kicker on target, the Wildcats led most of the way to come out with the win hours after the school announced plans for a new lakefront athletics complex that will include a facility for football.
Kain Colter threw for 144 yards and ran for 66, while Trevor Siemian threw for 123 yards. Venric Mark ran for 77 yards but spent the fourth quarter on the sideline limping with an undisclosed lower body injury.
Chase Rettig came up big for Boston College, completing 24 of 44 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles fell short.
Budzien's 41-yarder at the end of the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 12-10 lead, but that came right after another blown chance. A leaping Kyle Prater deflected a wobbly pass from Siemian in the end zone that probably should have been caught anyway for a 23-yard TD.
Northwestern caught a break after Colter lost a fumble near midfield on its first possession of the third quarter.
Boston College took over at the Wildcats 45 and drove to the 5 before Rolandan Finch got stripped at the line by Brian Arnfelt, with Chi Chi Ariguzo recovering the ball for Northwestern.
That led to a 19-yarder by Budzien to make it 15-10 late in the third, but again, the field goal came after a missed opportunity. This time, Colter overthrew a wide open Christian Jones in the end zone on second down at the 6 before getting stopped on a 4-yard run.
Nate Freese pulled Boston College within two with a 34-yard field goal in the opening seconds of the fourth.
|NWEST||Jeff Budzien 42 yd FG|
|BC||Nate Freese 21 yd FG|
|NWEST||Jeff Budzien 20 yd FG|
|NWEST||Jeff Budzien 29 yd FG|
|BC||Johnathan Coleman 31 yd pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick)|
|NWEST||Jeff Budzien 41 yd FG|
|NWEST||Jeff Budzien 19 yd FG|
|BC||Nate Freese 34 yd FG|
|NWEST||Mike Trumpy 27 yd run (Jeff Budzien kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||2-11||12-19|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||103||17|
|Punt Return Yds||0||26|
|Time of Poss.||24:4||35:56|
|BC: Rolandan Finch 8-19, Tahj Kimble 5-11, Andre Williams 4-7, Chase Rettig 3-3, Team 1--15|
|NWEST: Mike Trumpy 16-106, Venric Mark 18-77, Kain Colter 15-66, Tony Jones 1-14, Tyris Jones 3-10, Treyvon Green 4-8, Trevor Siemian 3-7, Brandon Vitabile 0-5|
|BC: Chase Rettig 24-44-291-0|
|NWEST: Kain Colter 16-20-144-0, Trevor Siemian 14-20-123-0|
|BC: Alex Amidon 9-118, Johnathan Coleman 5-81, Donte Elliott 2-25, Tahj Kimble 2-21, Spiffy Evans 2-19, Mike Naples 2-6, Rolandan Finch 1-16, C.J. Parsons 1-5|
|NWEST: Demetrius Fields 9-77, Venric Mark 7-42, Christian Jones 4-38, Tony Jones 2-55, Rashad Lawrence 2-21, Cameron Dickerson 2-13, Dan Vitale 2-13, Mike Trumpy 2-8|
|Boston College||3rd Atlantic Coast Atlantic||4-4||7-5|
|Northwestern||6th Big Ten Legends||1-7||5-7|