The Daily Northwestern

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...

On the road to: Minneapolis

Daily Sports

October 28, 2008


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Minnesota. The Twin Cities. Home of the lovable Twins, who somehow made the playoffs again despite their low payroll. Home of a big mall, Bruegger's bagels, and Brad Childress (whoops, not a fan of that "B?"). But what exactly is there to do in Minnesota? Here's a few ideas if you're making the trip to...

Preview: Winning the turnover war

Matt Forman

October 28, 2008


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A new season means a world of change.Last October, Northwestern fell behind 35-14 to Minnesota in its fourth Big Ten game of the season. With 17 minutes remaining in the game, then-junior linebacker Malcolm Arrington intercepted an errant throw by freshman quarterback Adam Weber and returned the ball ...

No pain, no gain for NU

Matt Forman

October 25, 2008


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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opted to defer the opening kickoff. From that point on, his players deferred opportunities to Indiana.The Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) played not to lose, and the Hoosiers played to end their five-game losing streak, topping NU on Homecoming, 21-19."We...

Gentilviso: Forgetting the good and the bad

Chris Gentilviso

October 17, 2008


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I've struggled to come to terms with Pat Fitzgerald's belief of flushing the good and flushing the bad.At first glance, it was puzzling to see one of the most successful players in Northwestern history use this technique to motivate his team.As I watched alums flock to Ryan Field for Homecoming this ...

Breaking out in style

Jake Simpson

October 17, 2008


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Northwestern's offense had its biggest game of the season - and didn't score in the first quarter.Wideout Eric Peterman had a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in less than four minutes. Quarterback C.J. Bachér had so many carries, he began to look like the second coming of Vince You...

Sidebar: Bacher, Peterman get NU offense rolling

Matt Forman

October 17, 2008


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As the second quarter began against Purdue, Northwestern was looking for answers.During the five preceding quarters, the Wildcats struggled offensively, scoring just 20 points. When NU needed a big play, it looked to Mr. Do-It-All, senior wide receiver Eric Peterman."He's probably the biggest threat w...

Notebook: Field position swings in NU’s favor

Matt Forman

October 17, 2008


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A week made all the difference in the world.In Northwestern's 37-20 loss to Michigan State a week ago, the Spartans' average starting field position was the NU 49-yard line. The Wildcats' average start was their own 18.In Saturday's 48-26 victory over Purdue, the Cats won the field position battle. Aided by...