The Daily Northwestern

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...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Game-by-game season breakdown

Danny Daly

December 23, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Sept. 25 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Northwestern 19, UCLA 0The Wildcats beat the Bruins for the second time in two years, and it was an even bigger blowout than the final margin indicated. UCLA gained only 33 yards of offense fo...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Trick play helps Northwestern secure place in history

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Boise State made the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma a game for the ages by relying on trickery. After scoring the game-tying touchdown with less than 10 seconds left on a hook-and-lateral, the Broncos closed out the shocking 43...

1949 Rose Bowl Retrospective: An inside look at Northwestern’s last bowl victors

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

It might sound ridiculous to cancel classes after securing a second-place conference finish. In 1948, that's exactly what Northwestern did - because it meant the school was headed for its first-ever Rose Bowl appearance.The rules for...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Striking similarities between Voigts, Fitzgerald

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

The last time Northwestern won a bowl game, it was led by a fiery young coach who had once starred for the Wildcats as a player. Sound familiar? It should. Bob Voigts, who coached the 1948 squad, wasn't too different from Pat Fi...

From no name to big game, Zeke Markshausen’s work ethic paves way to success

Robbie Levin

December 20, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

As a high schooler, Zeke Markshausen dreamed of playing football on one of the biggest stages in the country, the Big Ten. Four years and two schools later, Markshausen has gotten that opportunity, and he has stolen the stage.Even with the ...

Game Preview: Wildcats taking on Tigers hoping to get rid of monkey

Robbie Levin

December 20, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

A plaque with three goals hangs in the Nicolet Football Center, the Wildcats' meeting room adjacent to Ryan Field. These include "consistently prepare for victory" and "earn a Northwestern degree." After being covered with ta...

Junior jokester linebacker laughable in locker room, lively between lines

Brian Chappatta

December 19, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Quentin Davie claims to be the funniest player in Northwestern's locker room. Once he steps on the field, the junior linebacker's play is no longer a laughing matter.Davie led the Wildcats with four sacks and nine tackles for loss,...

Hahn Solo: Blog Post No. 3

Adam Hahn

December 19, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

Welcome back ‘Cat fans! Much has gone on since my last update, including two practices, a D-Squad Bowl, a visit from the leader of our state, a team lunch to promote the Outback Bowl, and a huge win by our men's basketball te...

Super(back) senior: A Q&A with Brendan Mitchell

Robbie Levin

December 19, 2009

Filed under Football, Sports

On a critical fourth-and-short late in the third quarter against Minnesota, senior quarterback Mike Kafka rolled to his left and was immediately swarmed by Gophers defenders. Kafka stopped and threw up a desperation lob to th...