The Daily Northwestern

Preview: No road pains for Wildcats

Jake Simpson

November 12, 2008

After Northwestern's upset win at Minnesota, coach Pat Fitzgerald hummed a Jimmy Buffett tune as he walked away from his postgame news conference.He should have been singing a Willie Nelson ditty that goes: "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again."The Wildcats (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) hav...

Sidebar: Third downs not the charm for NU

Jake Simpson

November 8, 2008

It seemed like the perfect situation for Northwestern. Ohio State facing third-and-long. The Ryan Field crowd rocking. The Wildcats' defensive line champing at the bit.In fact, the Buckeyes had the Cats right where they wanted them.Stopping Ohio State on third down proved to be too much for NU to handle...

Notebook: Relying on the running quarterback

Jake Simpson

November 8, 2008

Mike Kafka was back to his running ways again. In the first half, Ohio State could do little to stop him.The junior quarterback started his second straight game in place of injured starter C.J. Bachér, who was out with a strained right hamstring. While Kafka was unable to run with the same effe...

Wildcats can’t buck the trend: Ohio State 45, NU 10

Matt Forman

November 8, 2008

With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, Ohio State faced a second-and-goal at the Northwestern 6-yard line. Buckeyes freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor took the shotgun snap and rolled out toward the right as he was chased from behind.Nearing the sideline, it looked like Pryor would eit...

Sidebar: Kafka shines with arms, legs

Matt Forman

November 1, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS – Starting behind center for the first time in more than two years, Mike Kafka faced a challenge on his first snap from scrimmage.Knowing the scripted play offensive coordinator Mick McCall had pre-selected, the junior took a shotgun snap and rushed off the right side on a speed opt...