Photo gallery: Northwestern vs. Michigan

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Coach Pat Fitzgerald taps the sign "Trust Yourself" in customary fashion after Northwestern lost to Michigan. Fitzgerald's hopes of national recognition, preached on the eve of the Ohio State contest, now seem ludicrous for the 4-6 Wildcats.

Brian Lee and Annabel Edwards

Two weeks ago, Northwestern led by 3 points with less than five seconds to go before being blindsided by an unbelievable play from its opponent. Against Michigan, the form was different, but the formula the same.

The Wildcats (4-6, 0-6 Big Ten) lost their sixth straight game Saturday, falling to the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3) 27-19 in triple overtime at Ryan Field.

NU appeared to have the game won when Michigan completed a pass to the middle of the field with 10 seconds to play in regulation: The Cats led 9-6. But Michigan kicker Brendon Gibbons hustled onto the field and, with barely any time to set his feet, nailed a 44-yard game-tying field goal.

“We were talking in the locker room that somebody did something because we don’t have very good karma,” junior quarterback Trevor Siemian said.

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