EVANSTON, Ill. — Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and No. 19 Northwestern pounded Syracuse, 48-27, on Saturday.
Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard TD, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse's Drew Allen four times on the way to an easy victory.
They scored the game's first 20 points and led 34-7 at the half after collecting 387 yards, with their quarterbacks picking apart Syracuse (0-2).
They each completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half, and Colter seemed to be fine after suffering a concussion early in last week's win at California.
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He was 15-of-18 for 116 yards and ran for 87 yards.
Siemian, who carried the load at quarterback last week, was 15-of-19, and Northwestern looked every bit like a team bent on showing it can beat the best of the Big Ten.
The Wildcats have high expectations coming off a 10-win season and their first bowl victory in more than six decades. And with upcoming games against Western Michigan and Maine, they have a good chance to go to 4-0 before meeting Ohio State in the conference-opener.
Syracuse, coming off a tight loss to Penn State, never had a chance in this one.
The Orange remained winless under new coach Scott Shafer and received another shaky outing from Allen. The Oklahoma transfer was 27 of 41 with 279 yards, and the Orange will now try to pick themselves up against Wagner and Tulane before beginning Atlantic Coast Conference play against Clemson.
Siemian had 181 yards and threw for two touchdowns in the first half. Colter was about as good, passing for 96 and a TD while running for 67 and a score.