The Daily Northwestern

Hard-working Persa poised to disprove doubters

Christine Todd and Christine Todd

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Last spring, one question perpetually hung on the lips of Northwestern football followers: "Can Mike Kafka be a passing threat for NU's offense?" In 2008, hopeful fans witnessed Kafka rush for a record-setting 217 yards as C.J. B...

Grayhack: Presidents should make Big Ten bigger

Pat Grayhack

April 18, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

As University President Morton O. Schapiro flies to Washington for the Association of American Universities Conference, the buzz concentrates not on academics but rather the expansion of the Big Ten into a college football su...

Feature: Ryan Field’s greens grounded

Ed Demaria

April 6, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

The spring football game is two weeks away and football is on the minds of Northwestern fans once again. But what has been happening at Ryan Field since a wave of purple engulfed the playing surface after the 33-31 upset victory ov...

Chappatta: Players’ road from NU to Super Bowl no easy task, deserves recognition

Brian Chappatta

February 8, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Chalk up Super Bowl XLIV as another victory for Northwestern. No offense to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, but they've had nothing on the Wildcats these past few seasons.With the Saints' win, NU's streak of having...

Forman: Fitzgerald falls for storyline in trickeration

Matt Forman

January 3, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

I'm still waiting for a flag to be thrown.You know, the penalty flag that allows Northwestern to take another shot at its first bowl victory in more than 60 years.After the gut-wrenching twists and turns of the game, I still do...

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...

Notebook: Mike Kafka’s day filled with highs and lows

Danny Daly

January 3, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Before the 2010 Outback Bowl, Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka wasn't known to light up the box score. The senior was one of the steadiest signalcallers in the conference during the regular season-no Big Ten starter threw fe...

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...

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...

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...