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SU comeback thwarted by Northwestern

Down 22, Orange take lead, only to give it up in final minute

— SU got off to a solid start, leading 13-7 before Northwestern capitalized on consecutive turnovers in the second quarter. Wildcat linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo intercepted a deflected Nassib pass that bounced off Marcus Sales' chest and returned it 44 yards to the Orange 21. Colter then connected to Mark, who easily beat his defender in the left corner of the end zone.

On the following possession Mark continued to assault SU’s defense. He registered a 53-yard punt return cruising around a swarm of SU players that set up a 14-yard TD pass from Colter to Christian Jones, and the Wildcats led 21-13 at the break.

It was a terrible opening possession for the Orange in the third quarter. Nassib was victimized on a short screen pass that occurred behind the line of scrimmage, throwing the ball too low and well behind Jerome Smith.

The ball harmlessly bounced away while Nassib and Smith thought that the play was over. Alertly, Ariguzo picked up the ball and proceeded to run 33 yards into the end zone. The Carrier Dome crowd was stunned.

Continuing to compound SU’s misery, Mark broke free from a few missed tackles for a 32-yard gain, setting up a first-and-goal at the one yard line as Colter easily scored.

With 7:45 left in the third quarter, Northwestern appeared to have a commanding 35-13 lead. It was a bleak picture for the Orange - but Nassib and his teammates would turn it around.

After Marcus Sales scored on a seven-yard pass from Nassib to make it 35-20, Nassib hit Jeremiah Kobena for a 50-yard touchdown while both players were aided by the fact that defender Quinn Evans had fallen down, making it 35-27 on the last play of the period.

In the fourth quarter, SU finally played some stout defense, applying the pressure on Kane while the Wildcats were forced to punt on three separate occasions.

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