The Daily Northwestern

Notebook: Relying on the running quarterback

Jake Simpson

November 9, 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 9, 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...

Notebook: Defense shuts down Gophers’ attack

Matt Forman

November 2, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS – Junior defensive end Corey Wootton said he knew Saturday's game would come down to which team's defense played better.Northwestern won the battle.The Wildcats' defense allowed 10 points - and none in the second half - to a team that was averaging a little more than 28 points per ga...

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...

A triumphant return

Jake Simpson

November 2, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS - On Wednesday, junior safety and punt returner Brendan Smith said: "In the last seconds, I want the ball in my hands to try to make a play. I'm going to make a play."On Saturday, senior cornerback David Oredugba told Smith before Northwestern's game at No. 20 Minnesota:"You know, I have a f...