The Northwestern Wildcats, as expected, defeated the California Golden Bears on Saturday but the Wildcats did face stiff competition from the Golden Bears.
Entering the game, the focus for the Wildcats was on quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venrick Mark. Both Colter and Mark, for separate reasons, failed to make an impact on Saturday.
With that said, here is the Wildcats’ report card for their game against the Golden Bears on Saturday.
QB Trevor Sieman | 18-29 Passing for a total of 276 yards to go along with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions
There were times on Saturday when Sieman looked as if he was one of the best passers in the Big 10 and there were times when the Wildcats quarterback looked no better than his freshman quarterback. That being said, Sieman managed to orchestrate a scoring drive for the Wildcats in the fourth quarter when it was needed the most.
RB Treyvon Green | 129 Rushing Yards on 16 rushing attempts to go along with 2 touchdowns
The Cal defense limited the options that Sieman had down field placing an added importance on Northwestern’s running game. Fortunately for Northwestern, Green stepped up in place of Mark. On his first carry, Green rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown. Greene also sealed the game for the Wildcats with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
RB Venric Mark | 29 Rushing Yards on 11 rushing attempts
The Cal defense did manage to contain Mark. Mark rushed for only four yards in the first half of the game, and a bulk of rushing yards for the game came on a 23-yard running play in the third quarter. Mark showed marginal improvement in the second half, however, the 2012 All-American certainly disappointed in the Wildcats’ season opener.
Wildcats Defense | 30 points allowed, 3 takeaways (3 interceptions), 2 defensive touchdowns
The one word that would describe the Wildcats defensive performance on Saturday would be inconsistent. Northwestern’s defense would show flashes of brilliance on one defensive series, but then flashes of mediocrity on the next. That being said, the Wildcats’ defense managed to stop the Cal offense when they needed to. Wildcats’ linebacker Collin Ellis had two of the team’s three interceptions and returned both for a touchdown.