The Daily Northwestern

Regan: Muffed kick returns take wind out of NU’s sails

Brian Regan

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Apparently the only way Northwestern knows how to play is either to grab an early lead and watch it disappear or to get in a deep hole in the first half and rally for the win. Scratch up another one for the former result.This time, a 10-3 advantage against the No. 12 team in the country vanished thanks to...

Treat start turns trick without Kafka

Robbie Levin

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern gave No. 12 Penn State a scare for 45 minutes on Saturday, but Daryll Clark and the Nittany Lions' offense rose from the dead in the fourth quarter to doom the Wildcats. NU surrendered 21 fourth-quarter points on three consecutive plays, and Penn State ran away with a 34-13 win."We lost our ...

Cross Country: Cats finish last in Big Ten Championships

Bill Carey

October 31, 2009


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Heading into the Big Ten Championships, Northwestern knew it would need its best race of the season to grab a top-nine finish.Though some NU runners set personal bests, it was not enough for the Wildcats to avoid finishing at the bottom of the conference standings."The hope going in was ninth or ten...

Chappatta: Don’t blame the player, blame the team

Brian Chappatta

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Fitzgerald always says it's scary this Northwestern team hasn't played four quarters of three-phase football, yet it still manages to compete and win.But here's a scarier thought this Halloween: What if this team can't play a full 60-minute game?The Wildcats once again came out of the gates firing...

In Focus: An inside look at Northwestern vs. Penn State

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

First Quarter: Northwestern received the opening kickoff and fumbled on its second play of the game. The Wildcats' defense held strong, holding the Nittany Lions to a 32-yard field goal. On NU's second drive, it drove 65 yards in 17 play to set up a 34-yard boot by junior kicker Stefan Demos, tying th...

Volleyball: NU gains confidence from narrow wins

Katherine Driessen

October 31, 2009


Filed under Sports, Volleyball

For the Wildcats, there is nothing more familiar than winning a frantic, unpredictable five-set match.Of its four Big Ten wins this season, Northwestern has won them all in five-set nailbiters."We like to win in a dramatic fashion I guess," junior middle blocker Sabel Moffet said. "We will get behind ...

Field Hockey: Cats’ early lead ends in familiar one-goal defeat

Bill Carey

October 31, 2009


Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

Once is chance. Twice is coincidence. Third time is a pattern.For the third consecutive weekend, No. 20 Northwestern engaged in a back-and-forth battle with a Big Ten opponent, only to fall a goal short.The Wildcats jumped out quickly against No. 13 Ohio State, but were unable to hold their lead for l...

Men’s soccer: Last-second lapse leads to loss

Rodger Sherman

October 31, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

In the finals seconds of play, Northwestern kept its chances of a solo Big Ten title alive not once, not twice, but three times. But the Wildcats couldn't manage a fourth.No. 12 NU (9-3-4, 2-2-1 Big Ten) held Michigan (10-5-1, 2-3 Big Ten) scoreless for 103 minutes of Sunday's match, but when the ball ...

Notebook: Wind wreaks havoc on Demos’ punts, kickoff returns

Danny Daly

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Saturday's game, winds of 15 mph were swirling around Ryan Field, with gusts of up to 25 mph. Northwestern's special teams unit felt the effects early and often.In the middle of the second quarter, the Wildcats faced fourth-and-three and sent out the punting unit. But punter Stefan Demos could not...

Cross country: Busta busts out after battling past injuries

Bill Carey

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Sophomore Hallie Busta entered her freshman season with a stress fracture, yet battled back to run in the middle of Northwestern's pack later in the season. Now, with a full summer of training under her belt, Busta is at the front of the Wildcats' pack.After being the fourth or fifth NU runner for th...

Legendary coach’s comparison to Fitz

Matt Forman

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Since Joe Paterno took over as head coach at Penn State, there have been 838 Division-I coaching changes, and nine different presidents have taken the oath of office. Paterno has coached the Nittany Lions for 44 years and been on the staff for 60 years. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been aliv...

Spotlight on… Position roulette: safety to linebacker

Robbie Levin

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

When sophomore David Arnold showed up at Camp Kenosha 30 pounds heavier than last year, secondary coach Jerry Brown suggested he start incorporating more salads into his diet.Instead of following Brown's instructions, Arnold kept the weight. But he switched positions."I went to coach Fitzgerald and a...