The Daily Northwestern

Sidebar: Kafka shines with arms, legs

Matt Forman

November 2, 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...

In a Minneapolis minute: NU 24, #20 Minnesota 17

Jake Simpson

October 31, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS - All season, Northwestern players and coaches alike have preached two things. Force turnovers. Make big plays.Safety Brendan Smith did both to secure the Wildcats' biggest victory of the season.With 12 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 17, Smith picked off a tipped pass fr...

On the road to: Minneapolis

Daily Sports

October 29, 2008

Minnesota. The Twin Cities. Home of the lovable Twins, who somehow made the playoffs again despite their low payroll. Home of a big mall, Bruegger's bagels, and Brad Childress (whoops, not a fan of that "B?"). But what exactly is there to do in Minnesota? Here's a few ideas if you're making the trip to...

Preview: Winning the turnover war

Matt Forman

October 29, 2008

A new season means a world of change.Last October, Northwestern fell behind 35-14 to Minnesota in its fourth Big Ten game of the season. With 17 minutes remaining in the game, then-junior linebacker Malcolm Arrington intercepted an errant throw by freshman quarterback Adam Weber and returned the ball ...

No pain, no gain for NU

Matt Forman

October 26, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opted to defer the opening kickoff. From that point on, his players deferred opportunities to Indiana.The Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) played not to lose, and the Hoosiers played to end their five-game losing streak, topping NU on Homecoming, 21-19."We...