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Leftovers from Northwestern's win over Eastern Illinois

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            * There is still a question mark as to who is Kain Colter's backup: Trevor Siemian or Evan Watkins? Last season when Dan Persa suffered his season ending Achilles tear, it was clear that Watkins was the backup. But after shaky starts against Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas Tech in the TicketCity Bowl and then a subpar spring, Watkins gave way to Siemian. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said the competition between Watkins and Siemian is day-to-day.

            "This week Trevor won the job and last week it was Evan," Fitzgerald said. "Everything counts and those guys are close. But we have to see somebody take that over."

            * Fitzgerald reminded that Army, the Wildcats next opponent on Saturday in West Point, N.Y., runs the triple option offense.

            * Colter had 213 yards of total offense. He threw for 104 yards on 10 of 13 passing and had 109 rushing yards.

            * The Wildcats need to stop getting penalties on both sides of the ball in the red zone. Fitzgerald warned that it is "going to hurt us down the road."

            * Fitzgerald made note in his opening comments that the Wildcats have not played at Ryan Field since Nov. 13 against Iowa -- the same game where Persa ruptured his Achilles throwing the winning touchdown to Demetrius Fields

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