The Daily Northwestern

Notebook: NU stands strong in short yardage situations

Danny Daly

October 15, 2009


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EAST LANSING, MICH. - The first two minutes of Saturday's game could not have gone much better for Michigan State. The Spartans won the opening coin toss, chose to receive, ran the kick back into Wildcats territory and needed just four plays to advance to Northwestern's 4-yard line.That's where NU's defe...

Forman: Physicality helps early, hurts late

Matt Forman

October 15, 2009


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EAST LANSING, MICH. - In two years of covering Northwestern football, I haven't seen a practice as physical as last Wednesday's. Most teams only hit on Tuesday. Not the Wildcats. Coach Pat Fitzgerald opted to let his team tackle twice this week.His message was simple: Last year against the Spartans,...

Liveblog: Michigan State beats NU, 24-14

October 15, 2009


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Follow the action on Cats' Corner.

No ‘Sparty On’ after third quarter stumble

Robbie Levin

October 15, 2009


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EAST LANSING, MICH. - Northwestern played arguably its best half of the season Saturday against Michigan State. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it was the first half. From the point on, it was a different story.The Spartans came out of the locker room at halftime with a new energy, taking advantage...

Game Preview: Cats ready for road test against Spartans

Robbie Levin

October 14, 2009


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For the last seven quarters, the Wildcats have put on a defensive demonstration. Dating back to the second quarter of the Purdue game, NU has allowed just 13 points. In that time, Mike Hankwitz's crew has come away with eight turnovers and 11 sacks.If the Cats want to leave East Lansing, Mich., with a wi...

Opponent Feature: Jones makes case as Spartan hero

Robbie Levin

October 14, 2009


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If Greg Jones was a superhero, he would be a Transformer. Whether it has been switching from trumpet to flute or from defensive end to linebacker, Jones has a reputation of making smooth transitions.No one knows this better than Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, who has had his eyes on Jones since he coache...

Gameday: Piecing together the scheduling puzzle

Danny Daly

October 14, 2009


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Last Saturday's win over Miami (OH) marked the end of Northwestern's nonconference slate for 2009. Less than three months remain before attention shifts to 2010, when fans will start picking out must-see games and predicting Wildcats' wins and losses.One problem: The team still has to schedule another g...

Preparing for Michigan State

Matt Forman

October 14, 2009


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Coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks on how NU's football team prepares for a game against a team with two viable quarterbacks....

Field hockey: Freshman goalkeeper proving her Wirth

Bill Carey

October 14, 2009


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Amanda Wirth found herself in the spotlight as the clock ran down in No. 16 Northwestern's matchup with Penn State last Friday.With the Wildcats leading 3-2, the Nittany Lions controlled the ball and aggressively attacked the NU goal in an attempt to tie the game.Time and again, the freshman goalie ...

Women’s soccer: Cats return home on 240-minute scoreless streak

Jonah L. Rosenblum

October 14, 2009


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A college soccer goal is fairly large, 7 feet high by 21 feet wide. As big as the net may be, Northwestern has been unable to find it of late. They enter Sunday's game against Michigan State with a scoreless streak lasting more than 240 minutes of game time."Our issue is we just aren't willing to take a...

Cross country: Freshman leads NU as top runner

Bill Carey

October 14, 2009


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Northwestern freshman Allegra Mayer needed only one race to announce she would play a key role in her team's success this season.Mayer finished eighth overall and first among NU runners in the DePaul Early Bird Invitational, the first stride in what has been a solid first year."Allie was a very accom...

Volleyball: Middle blocker ready to face familiar foes

Katherine Driessen

October 14, 2009


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For Naomi Johnson, this weekend's match against No. 6 Minnesota will be a homecoming of sorts, even if it does take place at Welsh-Ryan Arena - over 400 miles from her hometown of Bloomington, Minn. The 6-foot-3 junior will face off against past teammates from a familiar and much beloved vantage point."I am just s...