The Daily Northwestern

National Preview: Sooners stop Red Raiders’ run to BCS crown

Andrew Simon

November 18, 2008


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#2 Texas Tech (10-0) AT #5 Oklahoma (9-1)Saturday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. CT, ABCLine: Oklahoma by 7It is tough to find an advantage between these two Big 12 South teams heading into their clash. The Sooners rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring offense, the Red Raiders are third. Oklahoma is fourth in total ...

Sidebar: Special teams weather conditions

Matt Forman

November 15, 2008


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - When coach Pat Fitzgerald woke up Saturday, he was sure of one thing. The weather conditions would be terrible. After all, it had been that way every time he came to the Big House as a player or coach.Treacherous might have been a better assessment. Temperatures fluctuated around 32...

Hail to the purple victors

Jake Simpson

November 15, 2008


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Heading into halftime, Northwestern looked like a team in trouble.Michigan had pushed the Wildcats around on both sides of the ball and held a 14-7 lead. The Big House, where NU had not won since 1995, was rocking. And the weather was miserable, a frigid mix of rain, snow, and wind....

Notebook: Bacher responds to early adversity

Matt Forman

November 15, 2008


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The first half of play for Northwestern on Saturday mirrored the weather conditions: ugly.C.J. Bachér made sure the second half was a different story.The senior quarterback led the Wildcats on two scoring drives on NU's first two possessions of the second half, turning a 14-7 h...

Preview: No road pains for Wildcats

Jake Simpson

November 12, 2008


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After Northwestern's upset win at Minnesota, coach Pat Fitzgerald hummed a Jimmy Buffett tune as he walked away from his postgame news conference.He should have been singing a Willie Nelson ditty that goes: "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again."The Wildcats (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) hav...

Sidebar: Third downs not the charm for NU

Jake Simpson

November 8, 2008


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It seemed like the perfect situation for Northwestern. Ohio State facing third-and-long. The Ryan Field crowd rocking. The Wildcats' defensive line champing at the bit.In fact, the Buckeyes had the Cats right where they wanted them.Stopping Ohio State on third down proved to be too much for NU to handle...

Notebook: Relying on the running quarterback

Jake Simpson

November 8, 2008


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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 8, 2008


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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 1, 2008


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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 1, 2008


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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 1, 2008


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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...

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

Jake Simpson

October 30, 2008


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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...