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Trumpy leads Northwestern past BC 22-13

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — This one hardly satisfied Northwestern.

Sure, the Wildcats remained unbeaten with another win over a BCS team, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

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, ringing up 560 yards while running 100 plays in the process.

"It's scary," Budzien said. "We're not playing well for our standards. It's scary to think where we can go."

He got no argument from center Brandon Vitabile.

"I agree," he said. "We have so much more potential."

As easy as they made it look moving between the 20-yard lines, though, they had big issues once they got near the goal line. They didn't even reach the end zone until Trumpy's run in the closing minutes.

That happened after Northwestern downed a punt at the 1 to pin Boston College (1-2) against the goal line. The Eagles' Chase Rettig threw three incomplete passes, and Northwestern took over on the Boston College 44.

Then, after going three quarters against Vanderbilt the previous week before scoring a TD, Northwestern finally broke through in this one when Trumpy burst up the middle for a 27-yard scoring run that made it 22-13 with 1:37 remaining. It was a huge play for a junior coming off a season-ending knee injury last October.

"Really proud of him stepping up," coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

Trumpy really wasn't even on Boston College's radar.

Before Trumpy's run, Budzien's leg provided all the scoring for the Wildcats. 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 that Fitzgerald thought happened on a fumble late in the third. Vitabile made the recovery, and Budzien wound up kicking a 19-yarder to make it 15-10.

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