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Wildcats Maul Minnesota... Sort of...


Wildcats Play About Three Quarters of a Four Quarter Game...


It was a dark and rainy day but Northwestern played with fire when only two of the three components of the team (Defense, Offense, and Special Teams) worked for the whole game. The Special Teams did their magic starting on the first play as they recovered their own kickoff when a Gopher lost control of the sailing ball. The Offense took the lead within seconds. And the Defense did their part - never giving up the lead to the Gophers. 

If you are a Wildcats fan, you know what happened. If you are not a Cats fan, you are probably a Cornhusker fan reading up on tomorrow’s foe. So let’s just jump to the end and sum it all up; let’s call it The Probable:

The Probable:

Northwestern is on the road for the second week in a row. And likewise, they are the “guest” for Homecoming. The sting of the first loss of the season is still fresh in the team’s mind. Some say that the true measure of a team is how they react to adversity. Being nationally ranked, going into the 4th quarter with a two score lead, and then tanking in the final 15. The Wildcats went from being in the driver’s seat for the Legends title to struggling to restore hope to the Wildcat “faithful”. 

The Golden Gophers might be having a special season; they are 4-1 and looking pretty good. However, they got spanked two weeks ago by the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Legends division is now essentially in single-elimination mode. A loss now makes it very unlikely that the Gophers could make the big game in Indianapolis. 

Both teams are coming off of very frustrating losses. It will be a rumble. 

The first quarter starts out explosively for the Wildcats. They run the Colter/Mark option and tear up the field. The defense is similarly charged up, forcing a couple of 3&outs on the Gophers. 

By halftime, the Cats are up 27-17 <21 -="-" 10="10">. A number of Wildcat fans worry that a 10 <11> point lead will not be enough. As the second half begins, it is apparent that the team has been told to keep the heat going. But the Gophers are not going to give up. The game intensifies. As the 4th quarter begins, the game remains contested. With less than a minute to go, a CardiacCats steal secures the game. 

CardiacCats 41 <21>- Minnesota 30 <13>. Northwestern remains in contention for the Legends Division and hits bowl qualification.

So the Offense was on fire for about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, NCAA Div-1A...ah...FBS football is a game of 4 fifteen-minute quarters. The Defense and the Special Teams did their thing for closer to the full game. That worked with the Gophers, but it will not work with the Cornhuskers. 

More later...

Go Cats!

BJ Mitchell (Former NUMB Spirit Leader)
Twitter: @nuspiritleader. 

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