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Yes, This is Late...Northwestern Beat Illinois Like a Drum

NU Celebrates Senior Day Win Over Illinois

To all you Seniors (both Football and NUMB) - Excellent work! Go forth and do great things!

If you remember, way back in November...

The finished the regular season 9-3 after crushing Illinois 50 - 14. The Illini looked good for the first few minutes, scoring 14 points. Then the roof caved in as the Wildcats scored almost every way imaginable. Looking at the predictions, this game corresponds to “The Good”:

The Good:

The Wildcats take to the home field turf for the last time this football season. It is Senior Day for both the football team and NUMB. There is pomp and circumstance in the air. There is also a certain amount of swagger for the Home Team. 

On the Visitor side, there is smoldering anger and trepidation. This year’s Illini football season was much worse than last year’s...and last year’s performance got the old football coach fired. The Illini are playing for pride - they want to claim the title of “Illinois’ Best Big Ten Football Team”. The game against NU is the Illini’s bowl game. The Illinois coach is feeling some heat. 

The first quarter half has Northwestern running almost at will against the Illini. It looks soul crushing for Illinois. Nonetheless, the Illini continue to play their hearts out. It is a seemingly futile effort. 

After the half, it is even more of the same. The Wildcats’ second team scores. The third team scores against the Illini. It is ugly. It isn’t that Coach Fitz is trying to run up the score - it’s just that the Illini are totally awful. 

By the end of the game, the Illini are a broken team. Northwestern wins in a blowout: Wildcats 52 - Illini 24. The game isn’t even as close as the score would indicate. Senior Day is a huge success. Northwestern awaits their January 1st bowl game draw against the SEC. 

The reality wasn’t far off the prediction, only real life was even more cruel to the Illini - the Wildcats won 50 - 14. (Note my crocodile tears.) Bo Cizek (jersey #1 - a reserve lineman) actually got to play running back at one point. He fumbled near the Illinois goal line, but the Wildcat D came up with a Safety soon afterwards. That’s how it rained that day.

The Bowl Game

Yep - an SEC draw: Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. More later.

More later...

Go Cats!

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


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