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Get your last-second Outback fix with our five video Q&A’s

December 29, 2009


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Click here for Q&A's with Mike Kafka, Sherrick McManis, Brad Phillips, Zeke Markshausen and Corey Wootton.

Presser: Fitzgerald, Chizik readying for game down under

Danny Daly

December 29, 2009


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Leading up to last year's Alamo Bowl, the Wildcats didn't have much time to kick back and relax. Because Northwestern squared off against Missouri on Dec. 29, 2008, NU practiced from Thanksgiving until the bowl game without a break. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said the intense schedule might have caused hi...

Practice Notebook: Cats concentrating on bowl win goal

Danny Daly

December 29, 2009


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It's no secret that the Wildcats are eager to win a bowl game - it's one of the program's main values. After five weeks of preparation, only a walk-through on Thursday separates Northwestern from the chance to achieve that goal against Auburn in the 2010 Outback Bowl."From a physical standpoint, our guys ...

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Christine Todd

December 29, 2009


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Driving across the state of Florida is probably not the most exciting activity imaginable. Lots of cows, oranges and roadkill. But the prize at the end of the drive was more than worth it. Three hours on State Route 60 brought me to Tampa, home of the Outback Bowl. As soon as I arrived at 10:30 a.m., I ...

Preview: Underdog Cats hungry for bowl win

Robbie Levin

December 29, 2009


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Eight wins, a fourth-place Big Ten finish and an invitation to the Outback Bowl isn't enough for this Northwestern team. Dating back to last year's Alamo Bowl, the Wildcats have some unfinished business."The first thing we talked about when we got back to Evanston last year after the Alamo Bowl was,...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: World War II veterans lead Wildcats on field, bring campus together

Danny Daly

December 26, 2009


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If playing football at the Division-I level appears tough today, imagine what it was like in the mid-to-late 1940s. There were fewer teams, rosters were half as big and many players lined up on both sides of the ball. Not only that, but the return of the World War II veterans, in addition to the regular hi...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Professional careers after Northwestern

Danny Daly

December 24, 2009


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Dick Alban, defensive backSelected in the ninth round (103rd overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1952 NFL draftAlban had one of the best NFL careers for a Northwestern graduate, but he had no impact on winning the Rose Bowl. He was only a freshman in 1948 but found success with the Washington ...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Game-by-game season breakdown

Danny Daly

December 23, 2009


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Sept. 25 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Northwestern 19, UCLA 0The Wildcats beat the Bruins for the second time in two years, and it was an even bigger blowout than the final margin indicated. UCLA gained only 33 yards of offense for the game, while Northwestern racked up more than 10 times that amount and sco...

1949 Rose Bowl Retrospective: An inside look at Northwestern’s last bowl victors

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009


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It might sound ridiculous to cancel classes after securing a second-place conference finish. In 1948, that's exactly what Northwestern did - because it meant the school was headed for its first-ever Rose Bowl appearance.The rules for what was then known as the Big Nine prevented the same team from play...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Trick play helps Northwestern secure place in history

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009


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Boise State made the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma a game for the ages by relying on trickery. After scoring the game-tying touchdown with less than 10 seconds left on a hook-and-lateral, the Broncos closed out the shocking 43-42 upset in overtime with a "Statue of Liberty" play on the game-winning tw...

1949 Rose Bowl Sidebar: Striking similarities between Voigts, Fitzgerald

Danny Daly

December 22, 2009


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The last time Northwestern won a bowl game, it was led by a fiery young coach who had once starred for the Wildcats as a player. Sound familiar? It should. Bob Voigts, who coached the 1948 squad, wasn't too different from Pat Fitzgerald.Both are among the greatest athletes to don the purple and white...

Game Preview: Wildcats taking on Tigers hoping to get rid of monkey

Robbie Levin

December 20, 2009


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A plaque with three goals hangs in the Nicolet Football Center, the Wildcats' meeting room adjacent to Ryan Field. These include "consistently prepare for victory" and "earn a Northwestern degree." After being covered with tape at the beginning of the year, the Cats' final goal wasn't revealed until re...