Kain Colter was efficient, but failed to make big plays for Northwestern in their win over Syracuse.
Week 1 Result: Won, 42-41 at Syracuse
Week 1 Stats: 14-21, 135 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. 14 carries, 40 yards and one touchdown.
Why is a quarterback who finished the game with three total touchdowns and helped lead his team to a victory on the road ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten Conference's quarterback power rankings?
Well, it is a pretty simple answer. The Northwestern offense was sporadic in terms of efficiency in their win over Syracuse and to make matters worse for Kain Colter, head coach Pat Fitzgerald pulled the junior signal-caller out of the game for the Wildcats' final drive in favor of true sophomore gun-slinger Trevor Siemian.
Colter watched his backup take the Wildcats on a 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive, which ended with a beautiful nine-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to Demetrius Fields in the corner of the endzone.
Siemian went 8-for-11 for 78 yards, in addition to the touchdown pass to Fields on Northwestern's final offensive drive.
After Siemian's clutch performance, Colter's starting job may be in jeopardy, especially if Northwestern's offense struggles in their next couple of games while he is at the helm.