Northwestern Wildcats News
10-20-14: The Northwestern Wildcats had their three game winning streak snapped last week at the hands of Minnesota and hosted the #19 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers to Ryan Field this week. Northwestern had a 3-3 record with a 2-1 Big Ten record coming into the game while Nebraska boasted a 5-1 record with a 1-1 Big Ten conference record. Northwestern looked to shock the nation for the third time this season and looked good early against the Cornhuskers as Wildcats running back Justin Johnson starting the scoring with a two yard touchdown run to put Northwestern up 7-0 early. Nebraska would not be down long though as running back Ameer Abdullah ran a touchdown in of his own from one yard out to knot the game at 7-7. Northwestern played Nebraska tough in the first half as these two teams went into halftime with Northwestern actually leading Nebraska 17-14. Northwestern was feeling good about themselves heading into the third quarter before the Cornhuskers took over offensively. Nebraska scored 24 unanswered points in the second half while the Cornhuskers defense shut out and shut down the Wildcats to win this game in convincing fashion by the score of 38-17. Northwestern dropped their record to 3-4 while falling to 2-2 in the Big Ten while Nebraska improved to 6-1 on the season with a 2-1 conference record. Get your Northwestern tickets for the next Wildcats game as the team travels to Iowa two Saturday’s from now to take on the Hawkeyes on the road in Kinnick Stadium. The game start time and television channel is yet to be determined.
10-15-14: The Northwestern Wildcats traveled to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers this week on the road in TCF Bank Stadium in a Big Ten conference matchup. Northwestern was fresh off shocking the nation two weeks in row upsetting both Penn State and Wisconsin while improving their record to 3-2 with three straight victories and a 2-0 Big Ten conference record. Minnesota meanwhile was 4-1 heading into the ball game and 1-0 in the Big Ten conference with their only loss coming three weeks ago when they played then ranked TCU. Minnesota looked to keep Northwestern from shocking the nation for a third week in a row and scored the first quarter’s only touchdown when RB Mitch Leidner ran in a one yard run capping off a 11 play and 63 yard drive for the Golden Gophers. Northwestern got the ball back off the kick off and promptly marched the ball down the field for 7:01 and scored a touchdown of their own on a Trevor Siemian 11 yard touchdown pass to Justin Jackson to tie the score. Minnesota got the ball back off the Wildcats touchdown and once again marched down the field and scored on another one yard touchdown run by Mitch Leidner to take a 14-7 lead before the half. Northwestern was able to march down the field and kick a field goal before the half as the two teams went into halftime with the score of 14-10 in favor of the Golden Gophers. Neither team scored in the third quarter setting up a potentially exciting fourth quarter, a quarter that got started with a Minnesota Field Goal to extend their lead to 17-10. Northwestern came back to march down the field and put the ball into the end zone to tie the game off a two yard Trevor Siemian run to knot the score up at 17-17. On the ensuing kickoff Minnesota’s Jalen Myrick ran the ball out from their end zone and returned the kick an even 100 yards for the game winning touchdown as the Golden Gophers would win by the score of 24-17. Northwestern’s winning streak was snapped as their record drops to 3-3 with the loss while Minnesota improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Be sure to get your Northwestern tickets for the next Wildcats game next Saturday as the team hosts the #21 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers at home in Ryan Field. The game will be played at 7:30 pm ET and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
10-6-14: The Northwestern Wildcats were coming off their biggest win of the season last week against the Penn State Nittany Lions and looked to take down another ranked opponent this week when they hosted the #17 Wisconsin Badgers at home in Ryan Field. Northwestern with that big win over Penn State improved their record to 2-2 before this week’s game and faced off with Wisconsin and their 3-1 record. This will be both teams first game in the Big Ten Conference this season so one team looked to get the conference schedule off on the right foot while the other was left searching for answers. Northwestern continued to play tough teams well as the Wildcats shut out the Badgers in the first half and put ten points of their own up to take a 10-0 lead after one half of football. Would the Wildcats shock the world two weeks in a row? Wisconsin finally got on the board with a third quarter touchdown that came at the 10:44 mark and would not score again until the fourth quarter. The game was within the Badgers grasp until the defense allowed and Miles Shuler 16 yard run in the third quarter and a Jack Mitchell 22 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats up by the score of 20-7. Wisconsin would edge closer with a Joel Stave 19 yard pass to Kenzel Doe before the Wildcats defense that intercepted three Joel Stave passes and one Tanner McEvoy pass shut down the game. Northwestern has shocked the world two weeks in a row now after winning this contest by the score of 20-14. Northwestern’s record now sits at 3-2 while Wisconsin’s record dropped to 3-2 as the team will likely drop out of the Top 25. Be sure to grab some Northwestern tickets for the next Wildcats game next Saturday as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road in TCF Bank Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
10-1-14: The Northwestern Wildcats traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Northwestern was fresh off their first victory of the season last week as the team improved their record to 1-2 while the Nittany Lions of Penn State took their perfect 4-0 record into this week’s game. This was the first Big Ten matchup of the season for the Wildcats and was the second conference game of the young season for Penn State. Northwestern came out quickly in this game and put up two quick touchdown drives within five minutes in the first quarter giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. Penn State was not able to score until 0:05 left in the first half when the team settled for a field goal kick and trailed Northwestern 14-3 at the half. Penn State came out quickly in the second half and kicked another field goal to bring the score to 14-6 and everyone across the nation expected the Nittany Lions to begin their comeback but that comeback never happened. Northwestern scored two touchdowns and kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter while keeping Penn State off the board as the Wildcats shocked the nation by beating the undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions by the score of 29-6. Penn State was held to just 266 yards of total offense in the game, went 3-17 on third downs, and turned the ball over twice to the Wildcats including an interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter from Northwestern’s Anthony Walker that sealed the victory for the Wildcats. Get your Northwestern tickets for the Wildcats next game next Saturday on the road against the #19 Wisconsin Badgers in Camp Randall Stadium. The game will be played at 3:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN 2.
9-22-14: The Northwestern Wildcats went into this week’s game looking for their first win of the young college football season against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Northwestern hosted this game at home in Ryan Field against the 2-1 team from the MVFC Conference. Northwestern jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter off a Soloman Vault one yard run for a touchdown and never looked back as the Wildcats went on to win by the score of 24-7. The Wildcat defense held the Leathernecks scoreless after the 9:09 mark in the first quarter as Western Illinois struggled to get the ball moving all game long. Northwestern scored once in every quarter of play as they went on to get their first victory of the season. Northwestern is now 1-2 on the season as Western Illinois drops to 2-2 in the young season. Western Illinois could not hold onto the ball and Northwestern took advantage of four turnovers, three fumbles lost and an interception, to go on and win the game this week. Get your Northwestern tickets for the Wildcats next game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on the road in Beaver Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and will not be televised on any of the major television networks.
9-16-14: The Northwestern Wildcats football team was off this week so the team has an extra week to prepare for next week’s game. The Wildcats will host the Western Illinois Leathernecks next week at Ryan Field looking for their first victory of the season. Northwestern should be working on their defense this week as the team has allowed an average of 27 points a game against less than stellar teams in California and Northern Illinois. The offense has not lit up the scoreboard either this season as the team has averaged 19.5 points per game against the same two teams this season. Northwestern has had success throwing the ball this season averaging 284 yards per game in the air but has yet to get the running game going this season. The Wildcats have averaged only 90 yards per game this season and will have to run the ball and control the clock if the team wants to make a run in the Big Ten Conference. Get your tickets for next week’s game against the Leathernecks. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN News.
9-8-14: The Northwestern Wildcats hosted the Northern Illinois Huskies this week at Ryan Field as the team continues to search for their first win of the young season. The Wildcats failed to get the victory as the Huskies took down Northwestern 23-15 improving their record to 2-0 and dropping the Wildcats record to 0-2. Neither team scored during the first half of the game and at one point in the third quarter the Wildcats led the game 7-3 before the Huskies scored three consecutive touchdowns to go up for good. Northwestern did score a touchdown late in the game with 2:34 left and had a successful two point conversion but never got close to the end zone again in the loss. Both teams had comparable total offensive numbers and penalty numbers but Northern Illinois had the advantage in time of possession and ultimately won the game late. Get your Northwestern tickets for two weeks from now as the Wildcats will host the Western Illinois Leathernecks.