Northwestern got on the board with 5:23 to go in the second quarter at Army Saturday, when quarterback Kain Colter connected with Jeremy Ebert on a 14-yard touchdown pass. It was Colter's first career touchdown pass and it tied the score at seven.
But NU couldn't convert in the Red Zone with time running out in the first half, as kicker Jeff Budzien's 26-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
Time of possession was the key issue coach Pat Fitzgerald was worried about in the days leading up to the Wildcats' game at West Point. And the Black Knights did exactly what Fitzgerald was afraid of: they controlled the time of possession for the first half 18:53 - 11:07.
The Black Knights had their longest drive of the season (in terms of plays and time), when quarterback Trent Steelman marched Army downfield and scored on a 17-yard run with 3:49 to play in the first quarter. Army's scoring drive went 18 plays on 81 yards over 8:48.
The Wildcats' defense got a scare late in the first quarter, when linebacker Bryce McNaul left the game with an apparent left ankle injury. McNaul returned to start the second quarter.
Army kicker Alex Carlton saw his consecutive field goal streak end at 11 at the 11:33 mark in the second quarter. Carlton's 47-yard attempt went wide right.