The Daily Northwestern

Cats lose the “game of inches”

Jake Simpson

October 10, 2008

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald brought up a football movie speech in his postgame press conference to explain the Wildcats' inability to come up with the big play."Great speech out there by Al Pacino, game of inches," he said, referring to the actor's pregame pep talk in Any Given Sunday. "We throw...

Purple daze: Cats fall behind Spartans early, lose 37-20

Matt Forman

October 9, 2008

No. 22 Northwestern fell into an early hole against No. 19 Michigan State and was unable to recover, falling to the Spartans 37-20. It was the first loss of the season for the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten).After Michigan State jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, the two teams traded points the rest of t...

Locker room notes: Fitzgerald explains field goal decision

Philip Rossman-Reich

October 9, 2008

When Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald elected to kick a field goal on fourth-and-one at the Michigan State four-yard line, he was immediately facing a furious Tyrell Sutton. The senior running back punched his fist angrily as he stormed off the field, upset that his coach chose not to go for the fi...

NU driving for a 6-0 start

Matt Forman

October 7, 2008

As Northwestern prepares for Saturday's game against Michigan State, its toughest tasks of the season are on hand: Containing the nation's second-leading rusher in Javon Ringer, and continuing its offensive rhythm.Two weeks ago, the Wildcats surrendered 169 yards on the ground to Iowa. Only 30 of tho...

NU KO: Cats outlast Iowa, 22-17

Jake Simpson

September 25, 2008

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The hits were bigger. The crowd was louder. The big plays were more spectacular. This was Big Ten football at its finest.And when the dust settled, Northwestern was the last team standing.View photos from the gameIn a game described by everyone involved as a heavyweight fight, the ...