Posted November 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says he expects quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark to play this week against Illinois. Mark sat out the second half of Saturday's 23-20 victory at Michigan State with what was announced as an upper extremity injury, while Colter was shaken up in the second half. The two are a big reason why Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten in rushing, with Mark running for 108 per game and Colter averaging 66.5. Fitzgerald also said Monday that he expects cornerback Nick VanHoose to miss his fourth straight game because of a shoulder injury but added ''we'll see how the week progresses.''

Northwestern thrilled after holding onto late lead

The Northwestern Wildcats hope they can finally move on from their fourth-quarter struggles. After holding on for a 23-20 victory over Michigan State on Sunday, the Wildcats are very much in the mix for a quality bowl bid at the end of the season. Northwestern (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) blew fourth-quarter leads in losses to Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan, so the Wildcats had reason...

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Northwestern 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 53

Reggie Hearn scored 14 points and Northwestern's defense did the rest Sunday in an 80-53 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. Fairleigh Dickinson's inability to convert in the paint prevented them from staying in the game early. The Knights missed six layups in the first half alone, which allowed Northwestern (3-0) to quickly take command in the first meeting between the schools...

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Cerina injured in NU debut

In his Northwestern debut, forward Nikola Cerina suffered and apparent ankle injury and was forced to leave. The extent of the injury remains uncertain, but it was a disappointing start to his NU career.

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