The Daily Northwestern

Preview: Winning the turnover war

Matt Forman

October 28, 2008


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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...

Breaking out in a big way: NU 48, Purdue 26

Jake Simpson

October 16, 2008


Filed under Sports

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...

Pop the Champaign

Matt Forman

October 16, 2008


Filed under Sports

Coach Pat Fitzgerald walked into the Nicolet Football Center after Saturday's 27-10 win over Illinois holding the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk trophy.The 63-year old trophy will stay in Evanston for good. Northwestern's senior class made sure of it."To finish with a win on senior day against our in-state riv...

Missed opportunities: Spartans hand Cats first loss of the season

Matt Forman

October 10, 2008


Filed under Sports

From the coin toss to the final snap, Northwestern was dominated.Michigan State jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and kept the three-score advantage to the final whistle, topping NU 37-20."In the Big Ten, you can't spot a team 17 points and expect to win," senior running back Tyrell Sutton said. "We had th...

Spartans win the field position battle

Jake Simpson

October 10, 2008


Filed under Sports

Stefan Demos' facial expressions said it all.The Northwestern punter and kickoff specialist put his hands on his head after a failed onside kick and ripped his helmet off in disgust after another kickoff was returned close to midfield. Demos' angst epitomized a frustrating day for the Wildcats' special t...

Cats lose the “game of inches”

Jake Simpson

October 10, 2008


Filed under Sports

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald brought up a football movie speech in his postgame press conference to explain the Wildcats' inability to come up with the big play."Great speech out there by Al Pacino, game of inches," he said, referring to the actor's pregame pep talk in Any Given Sunday. "We throw...

Purple daze: Cats fall behind Spartans early, lose 37-20

Matt Forman

October 9, 2008


Filed under Sports

No. 22 Northwestern fell into an early hole against No. 19 Michigan State and was unable to recover, falling to the Spartans 37-20. It was the first loss of the season for the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten).After Michigan State jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, the two teams traded points the rest of t...