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Game Thread Game Eleven: #1 tOSU 54, Northwestern 10 (11/11/06)

Discussion in '2006 Football Season Capsule' started by 3yardsandacloud, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. timBUCK2

    timBUCK2 Tim the Enchanter... WOLVERINE SLAYER!!

    DVD & Highlights

    I just finished posting the Northwestern BFF highlight video and the DVD for download.

  2. OsUPhAn

    OsUPhAn Live while I'm young!

  3. i agree with most of his non-As

    i might even give special teams lower than he did with 2 missed PATs.

    i'm not sure what brought the o-line down to a B+, but then again I don't know that much about evaluating linemen
  4. I don't pay much attention to the Penn State player(s) who said Michigan had the better team, since I'm convinced the weather kept our offense from going crazy in that game. I was thankful for the white towels they handed out going into the stadium, since it helped dry me off a little during halftime :tongue2:
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    NU's Fitzgerald finds bright spots in loss

    November 13, 2006
    By Tim Cronin Staff writer
    In the dark of Saturday's early evening, where even the Ryan Field scoreboard had been turned off -- all the better to put the 54-10 defeat by top-ranked Ohio State in the past -- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald searched for bright spots.
    He found some.
    He found one in a freshman cornerback, Sherrick McManis, who was beaten once for a touchdown by Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr., but who also picked off quarterback Troy Smith. It was only the fourth interception of Smith this season.
    "I'll put Sherrick on anyone in the country," Fitzgerald said. "He's fearless. The only way you grow and you learn is if you go out and experience it. At cornerback you need a short memory at times. He'll run stride for stride with anyone we play."
    Including Ginn, with whom he was nearly glued to as Ginn ran a fly pattern down the left side of the field in the dying seconds of the second quarter. At the 10-yard line, Ginn looked back, the pass by Smith landing in his hands a split-second later. It was a timing pattern of the first order, thrown perfectly by Smith, caught perfectly by Ginn, and McManis could do nothing about it.
    "He did a good job of not showing his hand until the end," McManis said. "He's one of the best I've played, probably the fastest."
    Another bright spot could be found at tailback in the person of Tyrell Sutton. While the lead running back ran for only 57 yards on a dozen carries -- a function of the Wildcats falling far behind early and needing to pass to catch up -- he also contributed to the altered game plan, catching seven passes for 75 yards and scoring Northwestern's only touchdown on an eight-yard reception in the second quarter.
    "We still tried to get the ball in his hands," Fitzgerald said. "We always try to get the ball in his hands."
    Sutton was grateful, but couldn't believe how the Wildcats turned the ball over five times. That mitigated his own performance.
    "Five turnovers and two blocked punts? You can't do that," Sutton said. "We have to capitalize on their mistakes and not ours."
    Sutton's 132-yard day moved the sophomore over the 3,000-yard mark for career all-purpose yards.
    Now Fitzgerald has to find more bright spots to illuminate the game plan for Saturday's season finale against Illinois in Evanston. The Wildcats enter the game 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten compared to Illinois' 2-9 and 1-6 marks.
    "The future is now," Fitzgerald said.
  6. sullie

    sullie Go Bucks!

    I thought McManis had Ginn covered extremely well on that particular play, the only problem is that the ball was thrown perfectly and caught perfectly as Fitzgerald said.

    Honestly, not to sound like a homer, but that throw and reception earns guys millions on Sunday in the NFL. It doesn't really get much better than that play right there on any particular level.
  7. TheStoicPaisano

    TheStoicPaisano But I didn't, so it doesn't

    POWs for Northwestern:
    Special Teams: Larry Grant
    O: Troy Smith
    D: Brandon Mitchell
    O-Line: Kirk Barton
    Attack: Jay Richardson
    Tatum Hit: TBD
    Scout O: WR Dre Riddick
    Scout D: DE Ryan Williams
    Scout ST: DE Walter Dublin

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