Northwestern beats Western Illinois 24-7

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Northwestern beats Western Illinois 24-7
Western Illinois wide receiver Hi-C Scott (19) is tackled by Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo (44) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Solomon Vault rushed for two touchdowns, Justin Jackson had 92 yards rushing and a score, and Northwestern snapped a six-game home losing streak with a 24-7 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday.

Vault and Jackson, both freshmen running backs, led the way as the Wildcats amassed 166 yards on the ground. Jackson had 21 carries for an average of 4.4 yards, while Vault had 31 yards on six carries, an average of 5.2.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian was 15 of 25 for 117 yards.

Northwestern (2-1) had lost nine of 10 games going back to last season. The Wildcats began last season with four straight wins and finished at 5-7.

Northwestern opened this season with losses against California (31-24) and Northern Illinois (23-15).

Western Illinois (2-2) lost despite having a 376-283 advantage in total yards.


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