2010 Northwestern Wildcats

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  1. FacePlant City

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    2010 Northwestern Wildcats

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  2. FacePlant City

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    NW Comeback - Defeat Vandy 35-21

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    By the looks of things from the start of the game, it seemed as though Vanderbilt would dominate from the speed of their half back. However, the Wildcats put the game on the shoulders of Arby Fields and found themselves dominating.

    The Wildcats played most of the first half down due to the rushing of Zac Stacy. Even after coming back to tie the game, Vanderbilt came right back with a kickoff return for a touchdown with J. Cole.

    While the coach and team seemed to panick, the mindset of Arby Fields remained collected as he rushed for 183 yards and 2 TDs on his way to a 35-21 comeback win over the Commodores.

    Persa, Northwestern's starting QB, went 9-12 and 153 yards on his way to 2 TDs in his first start as a Wildcat.

    Player of the Game: Arby Fields (Northwestern)
    Honorable Mention: Zac Stacy (Commodores)
     
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    nice comeback win
     
  4. FacePlant City

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    Thanks. It was annoyingly tense for awhile.
     
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    Northwestern Looking For Upset
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    Boise State was poised to make a run for the nation title as they had finally received the recognition for their efforts and receieved a #5 ranking. To everyone's suprirse, the Boise State Broncos were upset by Stanford 34-3, not even making it seem like a close game.

    Throughout the week the Northwestern team has been studying film of Stanford's overwhelming victory and how A. Luck shredded Boise's secondary through the air [See Video]. Quarterback Dan Persa threw 12 passes total in his comeback victory over the Commodores last week while Arby Fields [See Picture] ran for 2 TDs and 183 yards. While this large running game and small air attack worked against an even team such as Vanderbilt, there is much worry about Persa's experience coming into a game where the Wildcats look to take advantage of the air game.

    However, the Wildcats have one strong point in their receiving corps and it is the TE play of D. Dunsmore [See Picture]. While tied, Persa threw a 60 yard TD pass to unexpectadly quick Dunsmore on his way to his first TD of the season. This is where the Wildcats look to take advantage in their upcoming game with the #16 Broncos.

    On Thursday night Coach FacePlant had this to say, "Yeah, they did get destroyed in their first game. That doesn't just give us a pass to do the same exact thing as Stanford. In my eyes, Stanford was completely underrated this year and it really shouldn't be such a surprise. If we play our cards right, I think we'll be able to keep this thing close and maybe even win."

    The game is this Saturday and looks to be an exciting one as the Wildcats host Boise State and see if the Broncos truly deserve their ranking.
     
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    Northwestern Looking For Upset
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    Boise State was poised to make a run for the nation title as they had finally received the recognition for their efforts and receieved a #5 ranking. To everyone's suprirse, the Boise State Broncos were upset by Stanford 34-3, not even making it seem like a close game.

    Throughout the week the Northwestern team has been studying film of Stanford's overwhelming victory and how A. Luck shredded Boise's secondary through the air [See Video]. Quarterback Dan Persa threw 12 passes total in his comeback victory over the Commodores last week while Arby Fields [See Picture] ran for 2 TDs and 183 yards. While this large running game and small air attack worked against an even team such as Vanderbilt, there is much worry about Persa's experience coming into a game where the Wildcats look to take advantage of the air game.

    However, the Wildcats have one strong point in their receiving corps and it is the TE play of D. Dunsmore [See Picture]. While tied, Persa threw a 60 yard TD pass to unexpectadly quick Dunsmore on his way to his first TD of the season. This is where the Wildcats look to take advantage in their upcoming game with the #16 Broncos.

    On Thursday night Coach FacePlant had this to say, "Yeah, they did get destroyed in their first game. That doesn't just give us a pass to do the same exact thing as Stanford. In my eyes, Stanford was completely underrated this year and it really shouldn't be such a surprise. If we play our cards right, I think we'll be able to keep this thing close and maybe even win."

    The game is this Saturday and looks to be an exciting one as the Wildcats host Boise State and see if the Broncos truly deserve their ranking.
     
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    Arby Does It Again
    Wildcats inch past Boise St. 17-14

    With their home crowd support, the Northwestern Wildcats defeated #16 Boise State in a game where one major run decided the game.

    The game was a defensive battle with little offensive production coming from either sides. Score may have been different if not for the Wildcats' red zone mistakes. As per last game, Arby Fields came away with 215 yards rushing on 28 carries for a touhdown on the day. Fields had a major run [See 5th Picture] that put the Wildcats in a 10 point lead.

    However, the other Player of the Game would not quit, as Kellen Moore (18-28, 240 yards, 2 TD) took his team down the field and brought the lead down to 3. With only a minute remaining, the Broncos kicked an onside kick but could not gain possession.

    The Wildcats are feeling confident about the season with these first two solid wins and look to keep improving throughout the season.

    On the other side, the Broncos have lost their first two games after being ranked #5 and now are concerned with the rest of their season as they strive to stay alive in the top 25. However, with two major losses to lower ranked teams the Broncos' future is not looking good.


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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NU 0 10 0 7 17
    BSU 0 7 0 7 14



    Players of the game:

    A. Fields - 28 Att, 215 yards, TD
    K. Moore - 18-28, 240 yards, 2 TD​
     
  8. FacePlant City

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    Wildcats Hold On Against UConn
    Yet another close win for NW, 28-24.

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NW 7 7 7 7 28
    UConn 7 7 10 0 24

    Media is in Dynasty Wire, but videos are linked here...

    To start the game, Connecticut went on a 4-minute drive to put the first points of the game on the board. After a kick off to WR S. Stewart and a return for a TD, the already tired NW defense was back on the field. (http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/25258187)

    This and impressive rushing from each team told the story of the game. The game was literally back and forth and what seemed like a defensive game could and would become quickly offensive at the most unexpected times.

    Uconn's WR M. Generett received POTG honors and found himself on the end of two passing TDs. He played a large part in Uconn's offense throughout the entire game. Another effective receiver on the field was NW TE D. Dunsmore who scored two TDs in the red zone.

    As per usual, HB Arby Fields found himself POTG for the third time in this 2010 season. He ran 159 yards for a touchdown. Fields also had a key touchdown in the 3rd quarter, rushing through the middle for 75 yards and a touchdown. (http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/25258425)

    Both QBs didn't play a large part in the game, but both had positive days working off both team's effective rushing game.

    The game was extremely close and Uconn was driving to score yet again late in the 4th. However, when they finally got down near the red zone, the Wildcat D-line was too much for the Uconn O-line and sacked QB Z. Frazer out of range. This was one of the keys of the game as Frazer usually got sacked on key plays on 2nd or 3rd down.

    Defensively, NW's N. William's had 11 total tackles and anchored down the defense when needed.

    Northwestern looks to continue their winning streak with their Big Ten opener against Minnesota, while Uconn attempts to shrug off their 3-game losing streak with a win against Tulane.

    Players of the Game:

    NW - Arby Fields 20 Car, 159 yards, TD.

    Uconn - M. Generett 4 Rec, 142 yards, 2 TD
     
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    Great game, KoG. Probably one of the best I'll have.
     
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    Wildcats Impress in Big 10 Opener
    A. Fields propels team to a 27-18 win

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NW 7 10 7 3 27
    Minn 0 6 6 6 18

    Much was made of this game as it pitted two undefeated teams against each other. Apart from only being undefeated, each team had a solid rushing core and two good QBs. However, only one could come out victorious, and that team was the Northwestern Wildcats.

    The game started out with NW showing off their two star LBs and stopping Minnesota's rushing attack twice in a row. However, throughout the day, there was not a lot one could do to prevent Minn HB D. Bennett from running all over the D-line. The game was won on the stout running defense of NW.

    The running game was dictated by the play of NW HB A. Fields who, again, received POTG honors. Along side Field's outstanding performance was that of NW WR J. Ebert's. Ebert came away with 4 receptions for 144 yards and a TD (an impressive 82 yard TD).

    Much has been made about the two extra points that Minnesota missed after their first two TDs and if it caused the margin to be wider than it should've been.

    Northwestern looks to keep their undefeated season going against Purdue next week, as Minnesota looks to regain their top 25 ranking again with their tough game against Wisconsin.

    Players Of The Game:

    NW - HB Arby Fields - 28 Car, 116 Yds, 2 TD, 4 Rec, 27 yds

    Minn - HB D. Bennett 11 Car, 83 Yds, 2 TD
     
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    Wildcats' Defense Holds On
    NW stops Purdue's passing attack in the end

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NW 0 14 7 0 21
    PUR 6 3 7 0 16

    Purdue is known for their spread offense and their focus on an intense passing game. There was no change in tactics for Purdue in this game as they came out firing and put 9 on the board with a TD (Missed Ex. P) and a FG. Purdue QB R. Marve was on fire and looked to give the weak Wildcats' secondary a lot of trouble.

    It looked like it may turn into a climb for the Wildcats to regain momentum and a win, but climb they did and with hustle. NW WR J. Ebert had his second great game in a row and scored the first TD that sparked the NW offense. After a 3 and out, the running NW RB A. Fields brought on the second TD. After half, NW scored yet again with a rushing TD by Fields.

    After the scoring of three straight TDs, the Wildcats' offense became anemic, and the defense held steady as they prevented many close calls by the surgical passing of QB R. Marve. Finally, late in the 4th, Purdue scored their second TD and looked to hold Northwestern and score again.

    However, this hope was stifled quickly by the speedy running of Arby Fields.

    The Wildcats look to stay undefeated with a win against the undefeated Rutgers next week. This game looks to be a real test as the Rutgers shut out the UConn Huskies who gave NW a very close game.

    Players of the Game:

    Purdue: QB R. Marve - 22-33, 216 Yds, 2TD

    Northwestern: HB A. Fields 29 Car, 133 Yds, 2 TD
     
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    Close Start - Dominant Ending
    Wildcats dominate IU after a close 1st half

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NW 0 6 14 15 35
    PUR 7 0 0 7 14

    With star RB Arby Fields (previously leading the nation in rushing yards) out of the picture for at least five weeks, many wondered who would step up in his place and keep Northwestern's season alive.

    The answer became very clear with the running of backup HB S. Concannon. Just as quick and maybe a bit more powerful, Concannon had 23 carries for 150 yards and a TD. Many drives were kept alive by his powerful running style. NW's QB Dan Persa also stepped up his passing game (mostly in the second half due to a slow start by the entire NW offense) with 13 completions off of 22 attempts for 221 yards and a TD. Many of his passes were directed to his two main targets for the season, TE D. Dunsmore and J. Ebert. Both went for just under 100 yards receiving.

    However, as per usual, the Wildcat defense was the stronghold for the majority of the game and gave up only 7 points until the very end. Impact MLB Nate Williams was the star player for the defense this game.

    NW looks to remain perfect in conference play with a very tough game vs Big Ten opponent Penn State.

    Players Of The Game:

    NW HB S. Concannon - 23 Car, 150 Yds, TD

    IU QB B. Chappell 12-23, 164 Yds, 2 TD.
     
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    Hey man you put Purdue again for your opponent. FYI.
     
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    Penn State Runs Over Wildcats
    Wildcats show heart at the end, but not enough.

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    PSU 9 21 0 7 37
    NU 7 10 3 7 27

    On Penn State's first drive, HB Evan Roster and QB Kevin Newsome created a rush and pass attack that completely shocked the weak Wildcat secondary. A few plays later and on NW's goal line, Newsome threw an INT on the 1-yard line. Immediately, NW tried to get their rushing attack going early, but found themselves fumbling in the endzone and having to lie on it for the safety.

    These first moments in the 1st quarter pretty much showed how the game would be played. Penn State dominated throughout showing the weaknesses on the Wildcat defense not previously shown by others. They scored 21 points in the second quarter and it seemed to lock up the victory.

    However, the Wildcats did not give up entirely and pushed their way back to a 10 point deficit with the help of WR J. Ebert and QB Dan Persa. Once the ball was given back to the PSU defense it was all over. Evan Royster and PSU's O-line destroyed the Wildcat defense and easily ran out the clock. This was something that NW was not efficient at and found themselves passing more than they have had to throughout the entire season (this in part due to the absence of Mr. HB Arby Fields).

    No matter what NW threw at PSU, there was no stopping the offense. At all.

    The schedule doesn't get easier with #24 Iowa coming into town and then #16 Illinois after that. This final stretch will be a true test for the Wildcats and their weary defense.

    Coach FacePlant City had this to say:

    "I am not proud of the way we played through the first half. Mainly on the defensive side of the ball. Even on offense we could not get our running game going which is something that we have excelled at as of recent. We will be working on our passing game a lot in practices this week in case Iowa brings the same problem."

    "I believe that most of the team has this 'content' feeling about at least being bowl eligible. That's not good enough for me."

    Players Of The Game:

    PSU - QB Kevin Newsome 18-31, 325 Yds, 3 TD

    NW - WR J. Ebert 6 Rec, 102 Yds, 2 TD
     
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    A Thin Win
    Last second FG secures emotional victory for NW

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Iowa 7 3 7 7 24
    NW 7 10 7 3 27

    After losing to a very talented PSU group the previous week, much was made about the passing attack that Northwestern obviously didn't have. After a week of vigorous practices concentrated on the passing game, NW QB Dan Persa stepped up for the Wildcats in a 27-24 victory over the Hawkeyes.

    Not only did the offense step up, but the defense as well. Without the help of Iowa QB Stanzi or starting HB Robinson, the Hawkeye's offense wasn't at it's best. Northwestern only took advantage by keeping them pretty quiet throughout the first half.

    The game seemed secured by halftime due to a brilliant performance by the Wildcats in the first half. However, after halftime many mistakes that weren't made previously were made and helped the Hawkeyes come back and eventually tie the ball game with 1:40 left in the 4th (Most scores due to horrid INTs). The interceptions did not keep NW QB Dan Persa down. Persa drove down the field and put the Wildcats into FG range. With only 3 seconds left, K S. Flaherty knocked the ball right down the middle for a Northwestern victory.

    Throughout the game, Persa's two main targets were used immensely and effectively. WR J. Ebert and TE D. Dunsmore both racked up over 100 yards in receiving and a total of 2 TDs. Without star HB Arby Fields, HB Simmons took over and had 26 carries for 150 yards and a TD.

    After such an intense and emotional win, Northwestern gets ready for their next game against ranked Illinois and hopes to keep their passing game alive.


    Players of The Game:

    Northwestern - WR J. Ebert - 10 Rec, 120 Yds, 2 TD

    Iowa - CB S. Prater - 4 Tkls, ATK, TD
     
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    Interception Mania!
    Passing game falters as NW loses to rival Illinois

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Iowa 7 6 7 0 20
    NW 0 0 10 0 10

    This was a game that came down to passing for Northwestern, and pass they did. However, it usually ended up in the wrong hands.

    HB Simmons set up a mediocre running day for the NW offense while QB Persa had 14-22 for 187 Yds and 3 INTs. The interceptions were usually at costly times and definitely cost Northwestern a closer game/victory.

    The Illinois offense played great as QB Scheelhaase went 15-22, 236 Yds, and 2 TDs. Their passing game was phenomenal and hardly ever stalled. That said, the running game did not look great for Illinois at Northwestern's LB core had a huge day with both LB Q. Davie and N. Williams combined for 15 tackles.

    The game was made even closer by the play of the defense in the red zone, stopping the Illinois offense twice for FGs. A well-timed blitz even awarded the Wildcat defense a safety and turned the momentum on their way to a TD on their next drive.

    Northwestern looks to get one more victory vs tough opponent Wisconsin next week. The LB core hopes to stop the running of John Clay and their intense O-line while NW QB Dan Persa looks to get back on track with his passing game.
     
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    Wildcats Stun Wisconsin
    Wiscy star John Clay limited by Wildcat Linebackers

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Iowa 0 7 0 0 7
    NW 10 10 17 0 37

    In what looked to be a blowout for Wisconsin turned out to be an impressive performances by Northwestern both offensively and defensively.

    While Wisconsin held their top ten rank well throughout the season, it is sure to diminish with their bleak offensive performance and average running display of HB John Clay. Much was made of Clay's season coming into the game, but much of what was said did not come to fruition.

    The game looked to be close throughout the first half when Wisconsin finally put points on the board to make the game 13-7. However, with only about 50 seconds remaining, Northwestern threaded the ball in and out of the Wisconsin secondary into a momentous touchdown. Throughout the rest of the game, Wisconsin was silenced by Northwestern's surprising defensive play and then butchered by the running of HB S. Simmons and the passing of QB D. Persa.

    However, it was not only the performance of D. Persa that resulted in victory, but the play of WR J. Ebert and TE D. Dunsmore (who have been playing out-of-their minds throughout the latter half of the season). Both went over 100 yards in the game and Ebert surpassed 1000 yards receiving on the season.

    The Wildcats ended on a very high note to end the season (ranked 20th currently) and hope to keep the momentum going for their bowl game that is soon to come when star HB Arby Fields will be back from injury.

    Players Of The Game:

    Northwestern - LB Q. Davie - 5 Tkls, TFL, ATK,

    Wisconsin - LB C. St Jean - 5 Tkls, ATK,
     
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    Wildcats End Season On High Note
    Northwestern wins Capital One Bowl

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    Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    NW 10 0 17 7 34
    Arkansas 0 6 7 0 13

    The score shown for the game is not at all how the game felt for the Wildcats. It was purely a defensive game with poor offensive productions from both teams. However, once the game became tied in the third quarter, the Wildcats decided to put together a solid drive and take a TD lead.

    The game would have remained close but the Razorbacks started turning the ball over at the wrong times in their drives and gave Northwestern prime field position most of the time. These couple of turnovers truly ended the game for Arkansas and lead the Wildcats to a bowl victory.

    Star HB Arby Fields was not seen on the field at all but SR (RS) HB Stephen Simmons held down the fort with 175 yards and a TD.

    Northwestern looks to have a great season next seasons as many offensive stars return for their JR and SR years.

    Players of the Game:

    NW - HB Stephen Simmons - 23 ATT, 175 Yards, 1 TD

    Ark - QB Ryan Mallet - 17-27 Comp, 194 yards, 1 TD
     

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