Today, the Northwestern Wildcats ended their 64 year old bowl drought. They upped their record in bowl games to 2-9. And they did it over an SEC team no less, the once 11th ranked Mississippi St Bulldogs. In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks ended their 49 year old Stanley Cup drought. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox ended their 88 year World Series drought. So now that leaves only two:
Northwestern basketball, who’ve never made a NCAA Tourney. Well, with how they’ve played at home lately, their injuries and an RPI of 105, I’d say they have to wait a year- at least. And the Chicago Cubs 104 year Sahara like drought? Well, they lost 101 games last year, so don’t expect that drought to end anytime soon.
Let’s get back to what the Cats accomplished today.
They became just the third 10 win team in school history, and Pat Fitzgerald became the all-time winningest coach in school history with 50. I know, I know just 50 wins for your all-time #1 coach is less than impressive. But still the 64 year drought is over and Fitz said it best “We tell our guys, act like you’ve been there before. We’ve never been here before!” And the school did once employ Ara Parseghian.
He came to the podium with a stuffed plush monkey head. The team shredded it after the game as they “got the monkey off their back.” The Cats won 34-20, and as well as their offense played, it was the defense that really brought their A-game to the table, picking off MSU QB Tyler Russell, who has legit NFL Draft stock, four times and sacking him four times. Today was a day for celebration.
“I’m kind of sad there’s no confetti,” said linebacker David Nwabuisi.
The Cats took advantage of the absence of CB/PR Johnathan Banks, the Thorpe award winner as the nation’s best DB and likely the second corner to be taken in the NFL Draft. He left the game in the second quarter with an injury and did not return. It was not deemed extremely serious though.
NU safety Jared Carpenter was named MVP of the game
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