Northwestern throttles Indiana 24-14 for third straight win

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Clayton Thorson passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, and resurgent Northwestern bolted to an early lead then coasted past Indiana 24-14 for its third straight victory.

In a reversal of its 1-3 start to the season, Northwestern (4-3, 3-1) took a 24-3 lead and wasn’t seriously threatened the rest of the way. Indiana (3-4, 1-3) dropped its third consecutive game after three victories in the first four starts.

Thorson became the first Northwestern signal-caller since at least 2000 to throw three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games. He completed 24 passes in 43 attempts and did not throw an interception.

Running back Justin Jackson led the Northwestern ground attack with 106 yards in 28 carries.

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown, as the Hoosiers had no answer for their no-huddle offense. Thorson connected with Solomon Vault on a 17-yard pass to complete the 11-play drive.

TAKEAWAY

Indiana: Lately, there has been little evidence of the high-powered attack that coach Kevin Wilson was expected to bring with him from Oklahoma five years ago. The offense scored just five touchdowns and 51 points in the last three games. … White served as Northwestern offense coordinator from 1999-2001.

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