=== Northwestern routs Syracuse ===
 
 Evanston,  IL (Sports Network) - The quarterback combination of Trevor Siemian
 and  Kain Colter proved too much for Syracuse on Saturday, as the Northwestern
 duo  accounted for  five touchdowns in the 19th-ranked Wildcats' 48-27 victory
 over the Orange at Ryan Field.
 
 Colter and Siemian alternated series throughout the game, with Siemian tossing
 three touchdown passes and Colter throwing one and running for another for the
 Wildcats (2-0), who opened their season with a 44-30 win over California.
 
 Siemian  finished  an efficient  15-of-19 passing for  259 yards, while Colter
 completed  15-of-18 passes  for 116 yards and  rushed 11 times for 87 yards in
 the victory.
 
 "The  guys  up front, those  five guys played  a heck of  a game. They made it
 really  easy  on us," Siemian  said of he and  Colter combining for a 30-of-37
 effort. "(Syracuse is" such a heavy blitz team, but we didn't have a whole lot
 of pressure in our face. Our guys on the outside can play and we know that. So
 we just get the ball to them and make us look good."
 
 Northwestern  wideout  Tony Jones led all  receivers with nine catches for 185
 yards and a touchdown.
 
 Syracuse  signal-caller Drew Allen passed for 279 yards and a touchdown on 27-
 of-41 throws, but was picked off four times before being removed in the fourth
 in favor of Terrel Hunt, who rushed for a 15-yard TD late in the setback.
 
 Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each added a rushing score for the Orange
 (0-2), who dropped a 23-17 decision to Penn State in their season-opener.
 
 Colter  got the start under center and came out firing, completing all four of
 his passes on Northwestern's opening touch, including an 8-yard scoring strike
 to Treyvon Green to make it 7-0 less than a minute into the game.
 
 Jeff  Budzien  buried a  32-yard  field  goal later  in  the  first to  extend
 Northwestern's lead before Siemian put together a lengthy 9-play, 91-yard trek
 that culminated in a 20-yard TD toss to Dan Vitale.
 
 Budzien  knocked down a  21-yarder on the Wildcats' next touch to make it 20-0
 before  the Orange  offense finally found its rhythm, as Smith finished off an
 86-yard march with a 3-yard TD surge to get Syracuse on the board.
 
 Colter quickly answered, converting a 3rd-and-2 with a 33-yard scramble before
 picking  up another first  down with a 7-yard toss to Vitale on 3rd-and-5 from
 the Syracuse 29.
 
 Facing 3rd-and-4 three plays later, Colter scurried out of the pocket and made
 his way toward the end zone before leaping at the goal line and stretching the
 ball into the end zone to give Northwestern a 27-7 lead.
 
 Chi  Chi  Ariguzo picked off  Allen on  Syracuse's ensuing possession and with
 under  a minute left in the half, Siemian moved the Wildcats down the field by
 completing  five  straight  passes,  including  a  5-yard  touchdown  toss  to
 Christian Jones to send Northwestern into the break with a 34-7 cushion.
 
 Syracuse  opened the  second  half with  a 9-play,  75-yard  drive that  Allen
 finished  with  a 16-yard scoring  strike to  Kendall Moore, but Ross Krautman
 missed the extra point to leave the Orange facing a 21-point deficit.
 
 `We  tried to go  faster, we did go faster," Syracuse head coach Scott Schafer
 said.
 
 Siemian extended Northwestern's lead on the second play of the fourth, finding
 Tony Jones down the sideline for a 47-yard score.
 
 After  an  exchange of punts,  Gulley ripped  off a 9-yard  TD run to trim the
 margin  to  41-20, but Green answered  with a 28-yard touchdown surge later in
 the frame to restore Northwestern's 28-point cushion.
 
 Hunt  scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth to account for the
 final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Northwestern  converted 10-of-18 third downs, while Syracuse converted 6-of-13
 ...  Green finished with  66 rushing yards on 14 carries and added two catches
 for  17  yards ...  Christopher Clark  led Syracuse's  receiving corps with 66
 yards  on six catches ... Syracuse recorded 29 first downs, compared to 27 for
 Northwestern.
 
 09/08 02:55:17 ET