The Daily Northwestern

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...