The Daily Northwestern

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...

Locker room notes: Fitzgerald explains field goal decision

Philip Rossman-Reich

October 9, 2008


Filed under Sports

When Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald elected to kick a field goal on fourth-and-one at the Michigan State four-yard line, he was immediately facing a furious Tyrell Sutton. The senior running back punched his fist angrily as he stormed off the field, upset that his coach chose not to go for the fi...

NU driving for a 6-0 start

Matt Forman

October 7, 2008


Filed under Sports

As Northwestern prepares for Saturday's game against Michigan State, its toughest tasks of the season are on hand: Containing the nation's second-leading rusher in Javon Ringer, and continuing its offensive rhythm.Two weeks ago, the Wildcats surrendered 169 yards on the ground to Iowa. Only 30 of tho...

Momentum is a scary word, but NU seizes it

Matt Forman

September 25, 2008


Filed under Sports

IOWA CITY, Iowa - "Momentum is a scary, scary word."Coach Pat Fitzgerald's analysis held true in the Northwestern's 22-17 defeat of Iowa on Saturday.Clinging to a one-point advantage and holding the ball at its own 16-yard line, Iowa began a methodical drive to open the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes pro...

NU KO: Cats outlast Iowa, 22-17

Jake Simpson

September 25, 2008


Filed under Sports

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The hits were bigger. The crowd was louder. The big plays were more spectacular. This was Big Ten football at its finest.And when the dust settled, Northwestern was the last team standing.View photos from the gameIn a game described by everyone involved as a heavyweight fight, the ...

A defensive state of mind: NU 16, Ohio 8

Matt Forman

September 20, 2008


Filed under Sports

For the first time in 46 years, the Wildcats are 4-0.And yet there were points when Northwestern looked defeated in Saturday's 16-8 victory over Ohio.Coach Pat Fitzgerald's thoughts were centered on his team getting the win. But he acknowledged that NU did not play its best."I'm happy we're finding a w...

Cats handle Salukis with ease: NU 33, Southern Illinois 7

Jake Simpson

September 13, 2008


Filed under Sports

This week, there was no fourth-quarter drama. Tyrell Sutton and the Wildcats' defense made sure of that.The senior tailback had three touchdown runs, pacing Northwestern to a 33-7 drubbing of Southern Illinois.A week after squeaking past Duke 24-20, NU (3-0) dominated Southern Illinois (1-1) on both si...

Squirrels water skiing

September 6, 2008


Filed under Sports

Groundbreaking journalism.

Defense leads Cats to victory in season opener

Andrew Simon

September 6, 2008


Filed under Football

Led by safety Brendan Smith, NU's new-look defense stole the spotlight in Saturday's 30-10 win over Syracuse.

NU escapes Duke with a win: NU 24, Duke 20

Matt Forman

September 4, 2008


Filed under Sports

From the bumpy landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport to a roller coaster of a game, Northwestern's trip to Duke Saturday was tumultuous.With Hurricane Hanna poised to strike the Eastern seaboard, the Wildcats were poised to avenge last season's heartbreaking 20-14 loss to the Blue Devils.Bu...

Defense leads Cats to solid victory over Orange: NU 30, Syracuse 10

Andrew Simon

August 29, 2008


Filed under Sports

Syracuse quarterback Andrew Robinson dropped back, looked left and with his eyes fixed on his receiver, fired toward the sideline.Northwestern safety Brendan Smith read the play all the way. The redshirt junior swooped in, picked off the throw and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, putting the Wildc...

More from TicketCity: Northwestern defense struggles to stop air attack

Jonah L. Rosenblum

December 30, 1994


Filed under Football, Sports

DALLAS - Over the course of a chaotic game, it's hard for football players to keep track of statistics. So when asked about the play of Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, junior safety Brian Peters came back with a question, not an answer. "I haven't seen any stats or anything," Peters said. "Was he t...