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Northwestern D steps up, O takes off

Northwestern's defense ended an inconsistent first quarter with reason to cheer. After giving up 212 yards on the ground with 1:12 left in the first quarter, they stopped the Illini on third down. Illini kicker Derek Dimke missed a 28-yard field goal attempt.

On Northwestern's next play from scrimmage, Mike Trumpy took a handoff 80 yards for a touchdown to bring the Wildcats within a touchdown at 21-14.