Illinois at Northwestern

Northwestern 50, Illinois 14


EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern improved its chances for a berth in a New Year's Day bowl game, beating Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008.

Penalties and turnovers hurt Illinois (2-10, 0-8), which has lost nine straight and 14 in a row in Big Ten play. The Illini committed four turnovers - including three interceptions - and eight penalties in their season finale.

Northwestern captured the Land of Lincoln Trophy after losing to the Illini in the rivalry game the last two seasons.

Donovonn Young rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown for Illinois, which ranks last in the Big Ten in scoring offense in coach Tim Beckman's first season. Nathan Scheelhaase went 9 for 14 for 91 yards and two interceptions.

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Scoring Summary
ILLDonovonn Young 15 yd run (Nick Immekus kick)
NWESTJeff Budzien 44 yd FG
NWESTKain Colter 2 yd run (Jeff Budzien kick)
NWESTTony Jones 9 yd pass from Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien kick)
ILLReilly O'Toole 12 yd run (Nick Immekus kick)
NWESTVenric Mark 3 yd run (Jeff Budzien kick)
NWESTJeff Budzien 36 yd FG
NWESTTyris Jones 15 yd pass from Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien kick)
NWESTPaul Jorgensen 24 yd pass from Kain Colter (Jeff Budzien kick)
NWESTMike Trumpy 3 yd run (Jeff Budzien kick)
NWESTMax Chapman safety
Team Stats
First Downs1229
Third Down Efficiency6-97-13
Fourth Down Efficiency0-04-4
Plays-Net Yards45-24283-450
Passing Yds116112
Kick Return Yds152132
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.22:5737:3
Individual Stats
ILL: Donovonn Young 11-74, Josh Ferguson 5-24, Reilly O'Toole 6-16, Jon Davis 2-11, Nathan Scheelhaase 2-6, Dami Ayoola 1--5
NWEST: Venric Mark 18-127, Kain Colter 14-88, Tyris Jones 13-45, Mike Trumpy 8-35, Tim Riley 3-23, Treyvon Green 5-13, Doug Diedrick 3-12, Team 1--2, Bo Cisek 2--3
ILL: Nathan Scheelhaase 9-14-91-2, Reilly O'Toole 3-4-25-1
NWEST: Kain Colter 9-11-102-0, Trevor Siemian 1-4-9-1, Zack Oliver 1-1-1-0
ILL: Miles Osei 3-34, Darius Millines 3-31, Josh Ferguson 2-23, Donovonn Young 2-12, Jon Davis 1-17, Dami Ayoola 1--1
NWEST: Tony Jones 3-16, Rashad Lawrence 2-11, Christian Jones 1-30, Paul Jorgensen 1-24, Tyris Jones 1-15, Mike Jensen 1-9, Demetrius Fields 1-6, Pierre Youngblood-Ary 1-1
Illinois6th Big Ten West2-73-9
Northwestern4th Big Ten West5-47-6

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