Boston College Eagles will try to build on last weekend's win over Maine when it faces the Northwestern Wildcats in its first road game of the season at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois (TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/WEEI).
The Eagles and Wildcats have met four times previously, and Northwestern leads the all-time series 3-1. The two schools last met to open the 2011 season at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA. Chase Rettig threw for 375 yards, Andre Williams rushed for 114 yards and Luke Kuechly had 19 tackles, but Kain Colter -- filling in for an injured Dan Persa -- threw for 197 yards and also rushed for 71 yards and one score to lead Northwestern to a 24-17 victory.
Boston College drubbed Maine, 34-3, last Saturday after losing a high-scoring affair against the Miami Hurricanes in the season opener. Rettig threw three touchdown passes and Spiffy Evans had a touchdown reception and an 82-yard punt return for a score. The Eagles surrendered the games first points after a rocky first quarter before hanging 34 unanswered points.
Northwestern has opened up the new campaign with two straight wins, including a 23-12 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores last weekend. Trevor Siemian threw for 91 yards while Colter had 42 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Venric Mark racked up 123 rushing yards and one score in the Wildcats' win.
The Wildcats feature a two quarterback approach, with Colter starting games and Siemian finishing them (think of him as football's version of a closer). That, in addition to Mark's rushing ability, may make for a difficult Saturday for the Eagles' defense.
BC will return home next Saturday to continue its ACC schedule against Clemson.