When we entered Ryan Field on Saturday night for one of the biggest games in Northwestern history, we brought relentless pride and support for the Wildcats with us. We excited “College GameDay” on the Lakefill before the sun was up, we put up a tough fight with a top-five team that has been undefeated for two years, and our volume and passion left the nation bewildered at our energy.
We want to thank all of you for packing the student section to over capacity, for the sleepless nights in anticipation for ESPN’s “GameDay” and “Mike & Mike,” and for showing the country that our prowess and pride cannot be deterred. We defied common perception by showing the Northwestern community and the nation that NU students are crazy about football. We reached capacity with over 60 percent of the student body filling the stands on Saturday, and the football team needs you to be just as loud for every home game. Every game matters, as does every single student yelling their lungs off in support of the Wildcats.
It isn’t over. As Coach Fitz famously said after the Gator Bowl in January, Northwestern is “here now and … here to stay.” If anything, this weekend is a reminder that our support will never be exhausted. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Fitzerland bright and early at 7 a.m. on October 19th before Northwestern faces Minnesota, and in the stands at 11 a.m. for kickoff as the wildest, most passionate student section in history — as One Northwestern.
— Wildside Executive Board