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  • Irish seeks better defensive play vs. Northwestern Nov 14, 2014 5:29 PM
    The best thing Notre Dame’s defense might have going for it this week is that it faces Northwestern. Then again, the best thing the Wildcats might have going for them on offense is that they face the Fighting Irish.

  • Northwestern to memorialize slain journalist Nov 14, 2014 10:57 AM
    Northwestern University is planning a memorial service for U.S. journalist James Foley, who was slain by Islamic State militants. The university announced Thursday the public service will be held next Thursday at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston.

  • Michigan hangs on to beat Northwestern 10-9 Nov 8, 2014 7:26 PM
    De’Veon Smith ran for a career-high 121 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan beat Northwestern 10-9 Saturday after the Wildcats’ Trevor Siemian slipped attempting a two-point conversion at the end of the game. Siemian had just connected with Tony Jones in the left corner of the end zone on a 3-yard pass to make it a one-point game with three seconds left. Rather than try for the tie, Northwestern went for the win. That plan backfired when Siemian slipped while dropping back as Michigan’s Frank Clark closed in on him.

  • Gregor: Things looking up for Wildcats basketball Nov 9, 2014 10:28 AM
    Getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament remains the elusive goal for the Northwestern men's basketball team, but coach Chris Collins is more focused on building a program with sustained success.

  • Iowa to host Northwestern in pivotal league matchup Oct 31, 2014 4:32 PM
    Iowa could use a morale-boosting win on Saturday ahead of their toughest stretch of the season. Perhaps it’s not the best time for the Hawkeyes to host Northwestern, which typically gives Iowa all it can handle in Kinnick Stadium. The Wildcats (3-4, 2-2) have split their last six games in Iowa City and have beaten the Hawkeyes in six of their last nine overall meetings. Last season, Iowa (5-2, 2-1) needed overtime to beat the Wildcats 17-10.

  • Nebraska shuts down Northwestern in 2nd half Oct 18, 2014 11:30 PM
    Ameer Abdullah had four 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. scored on a 16-yard reception, leading No. 19 Nebraska to a 38-17 victory at Northwestern on Saturday night. Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) wasted another big game for freshman Justin Jackson in its second consecutive loss. Jackson had 128 yards and two touchdowns in his third straight 100-yard game.

  • Big Ten’s arrow pointing up with Maryland, Rutgers Oct 17, 2014 10:40 PM
    Big Ten women's basketball is hoping to get a boost from two perenninal Top 25 powers, Maryland and Rutgers.

  • Northwestern, Nebraska brace for another tight game Oct 17, 2014 6:05 PM
    The last time Nebraska played at Northwestern two years ago, so many Cornhuskers fans packed the stadium that the home team had to go to a silent count on offense. Coach Bo Pelini wouldn’t be shocked if a similar scenario unfolds again. No. 19 Nebraska visits Northwestern in a game that matches two teams that played absolute thrillers the previous three years.

  • Last 3 Nebraska-Northwestern games tight affairs Oct 13, 2014 4:06 PM
    If No. 19 Nebraska’s game Saturday at Northwestern is anything like the teams’ previous three meetings, there’ll be no shortage of drama. Since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, their three games against the Wildcats have been decided by a total of seven points. The Huskers have won two of those games.

  • Kickoff return lifts Minnesota over Northwestern Oct 11, 2014 4:05 PM
    The Wildcats had two scoring drives of 16 plays in the first half and QB Trevor Siemian completed 5 of 9 passes for 55 yards on the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats couldn’t cover the ensuing kick, which kept them from improving to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2000.

  • Northwestern, Minnesota overcome shaky starts Oct 10, 2014 4:53 PM
    It’s not often for there to be a lot on the line when Northwestern and Minnesota meet on the football field. There will be on Saturday. The Wildcats have impressive victories at Penn State and home against Wisconsin to start out 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are coming off a bye week that they entered on the high of a rare victory at Michigan.

  • Offense good, but defense still rules in Big Ten Oct 7, 2014 5:39 PM
    In a day when the spread offense seems to be in command and when it appears every game ends up 45-38, there are glimmers that defenses are holding their own in the Big Ten. Big Ten teams comprise six of the top 20 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense, five of the top 20 in scoring defense and five of the top 25 in stopping the run and also interceptions.

  • Jackson, Northwestern beat No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14 Oct 4, 2014 6:25 PM
    Godwin Igwebuike had three interceptions and Justin Jackson rushed for 162 yards, helping the resurgent Wildcats upset Melvin Gordon and No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14 on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown and also had a key block on Miles Shuler’s 16-yard TD run as Northwestern (3-2, 2-0 Big Ten) earned its third consecutive win.

  • Badgers look to end skid at Northwestern Oct 3, 2014 10:29 PM
    The last time Wisconsin won at Northwestern, Ron Dayne was making his run for the Heisman Trophy and the Badgers were on the way to the Rose Bowl. Yes, it has been that long. The 17th-ranked Badgers bring a three-game winning streak into their Big Ten opener on Saturday at Northwestern, hoping for their first road win against the Wildcats since 1999.

  • Big Ten West teams step up against East teams Oct 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Though it was clearly a small sample size, Saturday’s performances were encouraging for a newly-created division fighting for respect.

  • Michigan State, Nebraska have gaudy offensive numbers Oct 1, 2014 6:28 AM
    No. 10 Michigan State is off to a historic start on offense and faces another high-scoring team in No. 19 Nebraska to open Big Ten play on Saturday night. Michigan State (3-1) has scored 201 points through four games, best in school history. The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are averaging 45.4 points per game.

  • Mike North video: Busy sports weekend in Chicago Sep 29, 2014 10:44 AM
    Mike North caps off the weekend sports stories about Paul Konerko, the Bears loss, the NU victory, the Bulls, the Blackhawks and the Ryder cup.

  • Northwestern impressive in 29-6 win over Penn State Sep 27, 2014 4:26 PM
    Trevor Siemian ran for three touchdowns and passed for 258 yards to lead Northwestern past Penn State 29-6 on Saturday. Siemian, who was 21 of 37, and the Wildcats (2-2, 1-0) established control early with short passes and ball-control offense that netted 361 yards.

  • Northwestern wary of Penn State in Big Ten opener Sep 26, 2014 4:07 PM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald would like to keep Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions’ top-ranked defense out of the headlines. But after the way he praised both this week, Fitzgerald might have to write off that idea. He labeled Hackenberg as “deadly accurate” and “as good a quarterback as anyone in the country.” He called Penn State’s defensive tackles “dominant” and its linebackers “spectacular.”

  • Fitzgerald: No time to panic with Wildcats 0-2 Sep 19, 2014 6:17 PM
    Northwestern vowed this would be a rebound season, a chance to re-establish itself after struggling down the stretch last year. Two games in, things aren’t looking so good. The Wildcats take a 0-2 record into Saturday’s meeting with Western Illinois, certainly not what they expected headed into their final tuneup for Big Ten play. “We’ve lost two games by one score,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I know there’s people jumping off the boat, but it’s not on fire. So chill out. But at the same time, we’ve got to win games.” The roster took several big hits before the start of the season, with running back Venric Mark getting suspended for the first two games and then transferring. Receiver Christian Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason practice, and things just haven’t gone the Wildcats’ way since then. Northwestern opened with a 31-24 loss to California, coming up short after a second-half rally. The result was no better the following week against Northern Illinois. The Wildcats dropped that game 23-15 despite racking up 394 yards on offense. The problem was drives kept getting stalled by mistakes, be it a dropped pass, penalty or sack. It didn’t help, either, that quarterback Trevor Siemian left the game with an injury to his lower right leg, although he has said it wasn’t too serious. Defensive lineman C.J. Robbins also got ejected in the fourth quarter and was suspended for this week’s game by the Big Ten. The conference issued a public reprimand of him. It has all added up to the worst start in Fitzgerald’s nine seasons, certainly not what the Wildcats were planning after going 5-7. They’ve dropped nine of 10 since winning the first four a year ago. And after a week off, they have one final tuneup before opening conference play at Penn State. With that in mind, here are some things to look for as the Wildcats take on Western Illinois (2-1). TAKE IT AWAY: Fitzgerald came into this season harping on takeaways after an uneven performance by the Wildcats in that area last season. They led the conference with 19 interceptions but tied for a league low with four fumble recoveries. And now? The tally so far is two interceptions, zero fumble recoveries. “We haven’t been very successful around here when we don’t create turnovers,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s kind of a recipe for disaster.” GETTING IN GEAR: Takeaways aren’t the only issue at the moment for Northwestern. There are a few on offense, too. The Wildcats are averaging 19.5 points, 2.5 yards per rush and 374 yards, and that’s turned some attention toward Trevor Siemian. With Kain Colter gone, the Wildcats don’t have a running quarterback. But Fitzgerald said this week he’s not considering going back to a two-man rotation at QB. He also pointed out that Northwestern’s offense has succeeded in the past without a running quarterback. RUN FOR IT: The losses of Colter and Mark help explain the low rushing numbers to some extent. One bright spot — Justin Jackson. A true freshman, he has carried 20 times for a team-high 92 yards and is averaging 4.6 per carry. He figures to be tested by a team that held one of the nation’s top running backs — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon — to 38 yards two weeks ago. ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS: Western Illinois lost 37-3 to Wisconsin two weeks ago after hanging in for two quarters. The Fighting Leathernecks trailed by six at halftime before Badgers quarterback Tanner McEvoy took over, shaking off a slow start to throw for three touchdowns and run for another. Against Drake last week, Trenton Norvell threw for 205 yards and J.C. Baker ran for 130 in a 38-13 victory. The Leathernecks also registered seven sacks, the most for them since 2002. CATCHING ‘CATS: The Wildcats are missing their top two receivers from last year, with Christian Jones out for the season and Tony Jones (lower body injury) missing his second straight game. Senior Kyle Prater helped fill the void against Northern Illinois, recording career highs with seven catches and 87 yards.

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