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Football gives up lead in loss at Northwestern

Football gives up lead in loss at Northwestern

Box Score

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The football team jumped out to a 21-7 lead but Northwestern outscored them 28-7 over the remainder of the game as the Panthers lost 35-28 on Saturday.

The Panthers, who entered the game averaging 330 rushing yards a week, had over 100 yards on the ground before five minutes had ticked off the clock. Jacob Battaglia burst down the sideline on the Panthers' second play from scrimmage in what would be a bulldozing half for Greenville.

Northwestern's first two drives produced just 10 yards, and Nicholas Morrow recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to make it a 14-0 score with 6:27 still to play in the first quarter.

After a Northwestern touchdown, starting quarterback Eric Northey connected with receiver John Dudley to put the Panthers ahead 21-7. Northey was knocked out of the game in Greenville's next effort, and Battaglia stepped in to assume the play-calling duties under center for the rest of the day.

The Eagles produced a touchdown to close Greenville's lead to seven before the Panthers used the clock to its advantage in the second quarter, finishing off a 14-play, 76-yard drive 18 seconds before halftime to lead 28-14 at the break.  Jordan Mixon capped the scoring drive with a five yard touchdown reception from Battaglia.

Greenville's production in terms of gained yardage nearly came to a halt as the game went deeper and Northwestern was able to tie the game.  No Northwestern stop was bigger than when the Eagles forced the Panthers to punt with 1:28 to go in the game.

With UNW controlling its own fate, the Eagles passed for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter with 26 ticks remaining.

Greenville got one more shot, but Northwestern picked off Battaglia's downfield heave to give the Eagles their first victory over Greenville since 2000.

The Panthers, who had 353 total yards at halftime, were held to just 98 in the second half.

After a 106-yard first half, Callaway finished with 133 rushing yards. Battaglia also had a 100-plus yard running day to help the Panthers finish at 273 as a team.

Greenville's defense was led by Morrow's defensive touchdown.  Cory Snyder contributed 14 tackles on the afternoon, including two tackles for a loss of yards.  Joey Silva had a quarterback sack as one of his two tackles for a loss of yards.

The Panthers (5-2, 5-1 UMAC) host Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its Homecoming contest.

*Photo and story contributions from Sports Information, University of Northwestern at St. Paul*

This story was published on October 18, 2014

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