The Daily Northwestern

Heartbreaker: Mizzou 30, NU 23

Jake Simpson

December 28, 2008


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SAN ANTONIO - In many ways, Northwestern played the perfect game in the Alamo Bowl.Pat Fitzgerald's squad outgained Missouri by almost 100 total yards, forced three critical turnovers, and held the ball for more than 35 minutes. The Wildcats overcome injuries to key players and special teams miscues t...

Gentilviso: Nothing’s ever planned for NU

Chris Gentilviso

December 28, 2008


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SAN ANTONIO - This wasn't the plan.When the 2008 season began, few people in college football planned to see Northwestern win nine games and reach the Alamo Bowl.Check.When the bowls were announced, few Missouri Tigers planned to see their season end with NU on the other sideline.Check.When the Cats were announced as a 14-point...

Simon: Cat seniors can hold their heads high

Andrew Simon

December 28, 2008


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SAN ANTONIO - Three of Northwestern's senior leaders trudged into the post-game interview room in the bowels of the Alamodome on Monday night. They had been defeated in their final collegiate game and they looked defeated.Still half in their uniforms, drenched with sweat, C.J. Bachér, Prince Kw...

Sidebar: One play away from ending the drought

Matt Forman

December 28, 2008


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SAN ANTONIO - Despite pundits' predictions and pessimists' prophecies, Northwestern went toe-to-toe with Missouri for a 15-round dogfight, forcing the Big 12 North champions to the brink.The Wildcats won the turnover and time-of-possession battles and contained the high-powered, dual-threat attack of ...

Alamo Bowl keys to the game

Andrew Simon

December 27, 2008


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SAN ANTONIO - Northwestern vs. Missouri. We've been talking about it for a few weeks now, with all sorts of analysis and opinions flying around. With game time growing ever closer, let's boil it all down to the five most crucial things to watch for from the Alamo Bowl.1. Will C.J. Bachér make his ...

Notebook: NU perplexes Big Ten’s best offense

Jake Simpson

November 22, 2008


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After experiencing mixed success against running quarterbacks, Northwestern's defense faced one of its biggest challenges of the season Saturday in mobile Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. The Illini signal-caller burned the Wildcats last season, racking up 357 total yards and three touchdowns.This year, Cor...

Offense finally discovers its rhythm

Jake Simpson

November 22, 2008


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A season ago, C.J. Bachér and the Northwestern offense put up 97 points in back-to-back wins against Michigan State and Minnesota on the way to a standout season. The Wildcats have spent most of this year struggling to recapture that spark.Led by a quartet of seniors, the offense finally clicked a...

Cats pop the Champaign: NU 27, Illinois 10

November 20, 2008


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The Sweet Sioux Tomahawk will remain in Evanston for good. Northwestern made sure of that in its 27-10 win over Illinois on Saturday.The Wildcats played arguably their most complete game of the season, dominating in all facets of the game and winning the rivalry trophy for the fifth time in six years...

Q&A with Brit Miller and Prince Kwateng

Matt Forman

November 18, 2008


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The DAILY's Matt Forman spoke with the pair of senior linebackers.Daily Sports: What is your favorite song? Prince Kwateng: "Green Light." I just like what Andre 3000 says in the song. Brit Miller: My favorite song is "Please Come to Boston" by Kenny Chesney. I listen to that a lot and love it.Daily ...

Preview: In-state rivalry resumes

Matt Forman

November 18, 2008


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Coach Pat Fitzgerald stresses going 1-0 each week and then flushing the good and the bad.Clichés aside, the implications of Saturday's game will be felt beyond its outcome. Northwestern (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) is hoping to go 1-0 for the ninth time, which only four other teams have achieved in school...

A glimpse into NU’s future

Matt Forman

November 18, 2008


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It may have come sooner than expected. It may have come under unfortunate circumstances.Coach Pat Fitzgerald knows the time has come. The future is now."I think the future is every day, " Fitzgerald said. "You can't play for down the road, you've got to play for the moment and prepare for the moment."...

Presenting the class of 2009

Jake Simpson

November 18, 2008


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After Saturday's victory at Michigan, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked about the character of his senior class"I couldn't be more proud of the seniors," he said. "We're where we're at right now because of them."The 23 graduating seniors have been through a roller coaster of ups and downs in...