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The Outback Bowl through three student perspectives

Lark Turner

January 3, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

The BroadcasterAaron Morse has been behind the mic at more than 150 sporting events in the last four years. None was as crazy as the Outback Bowl."The game was the most bizarre, exciting, ridiculous football game I've ever be...

Sidebar: Fitz fires up ‘Heater’ in final moment

Danny Daly

December 30, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

TAMPA, Fla.-Northwestern's last play in the 2010 Outback Bowl had all the elements of a storybook ending.The play, called "Heater," was a favorite of late coach Randy Walker, and the seniors were the last class to play for him. ...

Chappatta: Whole season, game more important than final play

Brian Chappatta

December 30, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

TAMPA, Fla. — It is a scientific fact that people best recall most recent events. In the case of the 2010 Outback Bowl, the one memory that will be remembered forever is the final play in overtime. The call was for the trick play "Heater," which coach Pat Fitzgerald called a "nanosecond" before the fourth down.In ...

NU loses 38-35 in Outback overtime thriller

Robbie Levin

December 30, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Riding a six game bowl losing streak, with an especially painful overtime loss to Missouri still lingering from last year, Northwestern came into the Outback Bowl playing to win. That was coach Pat Fitzgerald's mentality on th...

Au-burned: Tigers top Cats in thriller down under

Robbie Levin

December 30, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

TAMPA, Fla. - The Wildcats came to Tampa to accomplish something no Northwestern team had done in the past six decades. So when the contest went down to the wire, coach Pat Fitzgerald didn't have a doubt in his mind. He was go...

Get your last-second Outback fix with our five video Q&A’s

December 29, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Click here for Q&A's with Mike Kafka, Sherrick McManis, Brad Phillips, Zeke Markshausen and Corey Wootton.

Presser: Fitzgerald, Chizik readying for game down under

Danny Daly

December 29, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Leading up to last year's Alamo Bowl, the Wildcats didn't have much time to kick back and relax. Because Northwestern squared off against Missouri on Dec. 29, 2008, NU practiced from Thanksgiving until the bowl game without a ...

Practice Notebook: Cats concentrating on bowl win goal

Danny Daly

December 29, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

It's no secret that the Wildcats are eager to win a bowl game - it's one of the program's main values. After five weeks of preparation, only a walk-through on Thursday separates Northwestern from the chance to achieve that go...

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Christine Todd

December 29, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Driving across the state of Florida is probably not the most exciting activity imaginable. Lots of cows, oranges and roadkill. But the prize at the end of the drive was more than worth it. Three hours on State Route 60 brought me...

Preview: Underdog Cats hungry for bowl win

Robbie Levin

December 29, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Eight wins, a fourth-place Big Ten finish and an invitation to the Outback Bowl isn't enough for this Northwestern team. Dating back to last year's Alamo Bowl, the Wildcats have some unfinished business."The first thing we talked...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: World War II veterans lead Wildcats on field, bring campus together

Danny Daly

December 26, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

If playing football at the Division-I level appears tough today, imagine what it was like in the mid-to-late 1940s. There were fewer teams, rosters were half as big and many players lined up on both sides of the ball. Not only th...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Professional careers after Northwestern

Danny Daly

December 24, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Dick Alban, defensive backSelected in the ninth round (103rd overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1952 NFL draftAlban had one of the best NFL careers for a Northwestern graduate, but he had no impact on winning the Rose B...