The Daily Northwestern

Burning Questions

October 7, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Will Northwestern avoid a potential letdown?In 2007, when Northwestern faced Duke in its third non-conference game of the season, the Blue Devils hadn't notched a victory over a major college team in 27 games. But the Cats couldn't capitalize on the opportunity of playing the perennial ACC bottom feede...

Cats look to reverse trend against cradle

Robbie Levin

October 7, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

For a program that has lost 14 of its last 17 games by double digits, Miami (OH) has had a surprisingly large influence on college football generally, and on Northwestern specifically. The RedHawks have 649 wins in their history, 23rd all-time among FBS programs. The so-called cradle of coaches, Miami ha...

Quick picks

October 7, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Matt FormanNorthwestern 35, Miami (OH) 21The RedHawks have won one game in their last 14 tries. Of those 13 losses, they came within 10 points of their opponent just twice. This isn't going to be a repeat of Duke circa 2007. Mike Kafka is too good, and the defense figured something out last week.Brian Cha...

Different shapes and sizes for supers

Robbie Levin

October 7, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Erryn Cobb, a tight end and fullback who notched a total of 94 all-purpose yards during his career at Northwestern, changed the Wildcats' offense forever.When offensive line coach Adam Cushing was hired in 2004, his title was tight ends/h-backs coach. That same year, Cobb, who had played linebacker the two p...

Big Ten memories smell like roses

Brian Chappatta

October 7, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

A memory lasts forever. Never does it die.The Big Ten was founded in 1896 and is the oldest Division I conference in the country. It is rich in tradition, rich in loyalty and rich in memories. Look no further than Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who is in his 44th season at that position for the Nitta...

Wrong place, wrong time: Mussina’s woes of fate

Hunter Atkins

October 6, 2009


Filed under Baseball, Sports

By no means was Mike Mussina a member of the Mudville Nine, but for a pitcher as talented as any to take the mound during the 1990s and 2000s, he had many close-but-no-cigar moments.Mussina has never been in the graces of fate, who has a funny way of picking who she wants to be in the right place at ...

Captain Cat’s football family starts with Williamses

David Uberti

October 6, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

For coach Pat Fitzgerald, a football squad is made up of 105 teammates who become brothers over the course of a season. If that's the case, Quentin and Nate Williams and Aaron and Brett Nagel will always have a head start.Following Quentin's arrival in 2008, the Williamses became the first Wildcats ...

Eliason nets ninth score in Cats’ victory

Sarah Kuta

October 6, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

On the bus back from DeKalb to Evanston, Northwestern voted unanimously: It was all Eli.Junior forward Matt Eliason began to describe the efforts of his teammates against Northern Illinois, but the Wildcats wouldn't let him finish. To them, the answer was simple - Eli turned in the team's best performan...

Fitzgerald looking for his Fave 5

Danny Daly

October 6, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Following Northwestern's third consecutive game with an ineffective running attack, coach Pat Fitzgerald was clearly unhappy with the play of his offensive line. He has been mixing and matching linemen all week in practice, seeing which group would perform well enough to take the field against Miami (O...

Men’s soccer: Blades’ tough play helps NU stay sharp

Rodger Sherman

October 5, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

For a player considered to be among the top defenders in the country, Mark Blades doesn't exactly have an intimidating physical presence.But that has not stopped the 5'6" senior from starting at Northwestern for four years."I let the other guys underestimate me," Blades said. "I like playing against bi...

Field Hockey: Crushing the California dream

Bill Carey

October 5, 2009


Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

After No. 17 Northwestern's 3-1 loss to Michigan on Friday, coach Tracey Fuchs was disappointed her team became complacent with a one-goal lead and allowed Michigan to take control of the game.With the Wildcats' 3-0 victory over California on Tuesday, the team made an important step by refusing to ta...

Football: Demos dominates Big Ten with his foot

Robbie Levin

October 5, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern's victory on Saturday was in no small part due to its special teams play. In addition to recovering one fumble on a kickoff and one on a punt, the Wildcats held one of the conference's most dangerous return men to 39 yards on four returns."We played our best game of the year in the kicking ga...