College Football
Northwestern 45, Massachusetts 6
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Temperature: 38°
Head Official: John O'Neill
Attendance: 29447

Evan Hull rushed for four touchdowns and Chris Bergin returned a blocked field goal for a score as Northwestern shook off a slow start to cruise to a 45-6 win over Massachusetts on Saturday in Evanston, Ill.

Hull finished with 220 yards on 24 carries for Northwestern (2-8), which recorded its first win since posting a 30-14 victory over UNLV on Sept. 14. The Wildcats were held scoreless by UMass (1-10) in the first quarter before erupting for 21 points in both the second and fourth, respectively.

The game changed 17 seconds into the second quarter, with the Minutemen leading 3-0 and preparing for a short field goal try.

Northwestern's Joe Gaziano blocked the kick and Bergin scooped up the ball and sprinted up the right sideline for an 85-yard score.

After that play, Northwestern snapped into focus while Massachusetts' depleted defense failed to stop the Wildcats' rushing game.

Hull flourished midway through the second quarter and kept producing long runs for Northwestern.

Hull scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 14-6 lead with 7:59 left in the second quarter. He then delivered a 38-yard touchdown run with 5:18 left in the half to push Northwestern's lead to 21-6.

Northwestern kept feeding the ball to Hull in the second half, and the freshman continued to excel. Hull dashed 46 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He then ran for a 31-yard touchdown to make the score 38-6 for the Wildcats with 9:06 remaining.

Aidan Smith finished 7 of 13 for 76 passing yards and two interceptions for Northwestern.

Massachusetts quarterback Randall West finished 19 of 36 for 175 yards and one interception. Backup Andrew Brito was 6 of 10 passing for 52 yards.

UMass running back Bilal Ally carried 16 times for 66 yards.

-- Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Massachusetts   Northwestern
Bilal Ally Player Evan Hull
16 Attempts 24
66 Yards 220
4.1 Avg Yards 9.2
0 Touchdowns 4
0 Long 0
Massachusetts   Northwestern
Brennon Dingle Player Riley Lees
4 Receptions 7
66 Yards 76
16.5 Avg Yards 10.9
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Massachusetts 310 83 227 0 2 2 1.0 2
Northwestern 410 334 76 6 1 1 2.0 0