Wildcat offense shines; Hartage impresses on defense

By Jon Opiela
Nov. 13, 2016

In Saturday's game against Purdue, Northwestern sophomore cornerback recorded a season low in tackles.  He only recorded 1 on the day against the Boilermakers.  Hartage stepped his game up to continue to make a huge impact on defense.  Hartage recorded his first career multi-interception game for the Wildcats on Saturday.

Hartage and the Wildcat defense recorded four interceptions on Saturday afternoon en route to a 45-17 road win over Purdue.  The win improves Northwestern to 5-5 on the season.  

Hartage also had 2 huge pass breakups to go along with his 2 interceptions.  Anthony Walker Jr. had 12 total tackles on the day for the Wildcats, as well as an interception of his own.

Northwestern put on a phenomenal showing on offense as well.  The Wildcat offense picked up 605 yards of total offense on the day.  Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day.  Austin Carr had two touchdown catches; his 11th and 12th TD receptions of the season.  With #12, Carr has tied the Northwestern single-season record for most touchdown receptions.

Justin Jackson and John Moten IV both picked up over 100 yards of rushing.  Jackson ran for 127 yards and 2 scores.  On the other hand, Moten also torched the Boilermaker defense for 119 yards on the ground.

The Northwestern Wildcats head up to TCF Bank Stadium next weekend to take on the 7-3 Minnesota Golden Gophers.  On Saturday, Minnesota lost to #21 Nebraska 24-17.

-Jon Opiela, @jonopiela24