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December 3, 2013
Season Rewind: Offense
The Cats wouldn't score more than 24 points in a game until last Saturday's meeting with Illinois, and they failed to score a touchdown in regulation against Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State. After scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against Nebraska, Northwestern wouldn't make it back to the end zone until a Christian Jones touchdown against Illinois, more than 10 quarters later.
Injuries certainly played a large role in the offensive ineffectiveness that has led some fans to call for a re-evaluation of offensive coordinator Mick McCall's job status. Star running back Venric Mark was plagued by a hamstring injury early in the year that forced him to sit out almost the entire non-conference slate, and he injured his ankle just minutes into the game against Wisconsin, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Starting quarterback Kain Colter also missed a significant amount of time, including last week's game against Illinois. Toss in injuries that hampered players like Mike Trumpy, Stephen Buckley, Dan Vitale, Trevor Siemian, Treyvon Green, Tony Jones -- shall we go on? -- and McCall was left with few players to execute his scheme.