The Daily Northwestern

Treat start turns trick without Kafka

Robbie Levin

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern gave No. 12 Penn State a scare for 45 minutes on Saturday, but Daryll Clark and the Nittany Lions' offense rose from the dead in the fourth quarter to doom the Wildcats. NU surrendered 21 fourth-quarter points on three consecutive plays, and Penn State ran away with a 34-13 win."We lost our ...

Cross Country: Cats finish last in Big Ten Championships

Bill Carey

October 31, 2009


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Heading into the Big Ten Championships, Northwestern knew it would need its best race of the season to grab a top-nine finish.Though some NU runners set personal bests, it was not enough for the Wildcats to avoid finishing at the bottom of the conference standings."The hope going in was ninth or ten...

Chappatta: Don’t blame the player, blame the team

Brian Chappatta

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Fitzgerald always says it's scary this Northwestern team hasn't played four quarters of three-phase football, yet it still manages to compete and win.But here's a scarier thought this Halloween: What if this team can't play a full 60-minute game?The Wildcats once again came out of the gates firing...

In Focus: An inside look at Northwestern vs. Penn State

October 31, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

First Quarter: Northwestern received the opening kickoff and fumbled on its second play of the game. The Wildcats' defense held strong, holding the Nittany Lions to a 32-yard field goal. On NU's second drive, it drove 65 yards in 17 play to set up a 34-yard boot by junior kicker Stefan Demos, tying th...

Volleyball: NU gains confidence from narrow wins

Katherine Driessen

October 31, 2009


Filed under Sports, Volleyball

For the Wildcats, there is nothing more familiar than winning a frantic, unpredictable five-set match.Of its four Big Ten wins this season, Northwestern has won them all in five-set nailbiters."We like to win in a dramatic fashion I guess," junior middle blocker Sabel Moffet said. "We will get behind ...

Women’s soccer: Westlund refuses to miss minute in Minnesota

Jonah L. Rosenblum

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Freshman Briana Westlund is two months into her collegiate career, and she has played every single minute for the Wildcats. But the next 90 will be particularly special - the Cottage Grove, Minn., native is returning home to play the Golden Gophers."It's actually my hometown's day at the game, so I'm go...

Trick or treat: Cats prepping for Penn St.

Robbie Levin

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Brendan Smith vividly remembers the last time Penn State came to Evanston in 2005. A true freshman, Smith made the first start of his career against the undefeated Nittany Lions. It was his birthday."Fifteen minutes before the game coach Jerry Brown came up to me and told me, ‘I forgot to tell y...

Field hockey: After sitting out, super senior gets second shot

Bill Carey

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

As No. 20 Northwestern's senior class goes through Senior Day festivities on Saturday, the scene will look familiar to forward Jill Putnam.It will be her second time participating in the ceremony. The fifth-year senior joined her classmates in the celebration last year, when a knee injury prevented her from ...

Burning Questions

Daily Sports

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Can the Cats play mistake-free football for 60 minutes?In their last two conference games, the Wildcats have played a combined 60 minutes of quality football. Against Michigan State, NU jumped out to a 7-0 first-half lead. Last week against Indiana, the Cats outscored the Hoosiers 12-0 in the second half. T...

Volleyball: Glab sets up NU team attack

Katherine Driessen

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

There is nothing glamorous about being a setter. Kills and blocks yield points and fanfare, but assists in volleyball are understated and overlooked.Not that junior setter Elyse Glab is complaining."A setter is sort of like a chess master on the court," she said. "It's all about putting other players in...

Northwestern (5-3) vs. Penn State (7-1)

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Northwestern Offense:13 QB Mike Kafka20 RB Scott Concannon11 WR Jeremy Ebert5 WR Sidney Stewart85 WR Zeke Markshausen12 WR Andrew Brewer75 LT Al Netter63 LG Keegan Grant65 C Ben Burkett64 RG Doug Bartels79 RT Neal DeitersPenn State Defense:56 DE Eric Lattimore91 DT Jared Odrick85 DT Ollie Ogbu 81 DE Ja...

Cross country: Busta busts out after battling past injuries

Bill Carey

October 28, 2009


Filed under Sports

Sophomore Hallie Busta entered her freshman season with a stress fracture, yet battled back to run in the middle of Northwestern's pack later in the season. Now, with a full summer of training under her belt, Busta is at the front of the Wildcats' pack.After being the fourth or fifth NU runner for th...