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Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Pat Fitzgerald Is Really Salty About Northwestern’s Struggles

“We’re an embarrassment,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, left, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Emma’s End-Around: How The Big Ten Will Be Won

Stability is such a key in the Big Ten, and Ohio State and Michigan State have it.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Venric Mark. (Credit: Justin K. Aller, Getty)

Northwestern RB Venric Mark Transferring

Venric Mark cited “personal reasons” for leaving.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2014

Venric Mark. (Credit: Justin K. Aller, Getty)

NU’s Venric Mark Granted Fifth Year Of Eligibility

Northwestern star running back and return man Venric Mark has been granted a fifth year of eligibility after the Big Ten approved his medical hardship waiver.

01/21/2014

Wide receiver Christian Jones #14 of the Northwestern Wildcats rushes up the field during the second quarter against the California Golden Bears on August 31, 2013 at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

No. 22 Northwestern Beats Cal 44-30 In Opener

The starting quarterback went down with a concussion on the first drive. The defense was gassed after being on the field for 99 plays.

09/01/2013

Indiana v Northwestern

Northwestern Wins Gator Bowl For First Bowl Win Since ’49

The stuffed monkey spent the last year in storage, out of sight but still in everyone’s mind. Coach Pat Fitzgerald dusted it off for the Gator Bowl and even had it on the sideline Tuesday as a reminder of Northwestern’s decades-long, bowl losing streak — the ol’ monkey on their backs. Now, it’s in pieces.

01/01/2013

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Northwestern Routs Illinois 50-14

Northwestern wanted to bolster its chances for a big-time bowl game. The Wildcats did that and more. Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern beat Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

11/24/2012

Indiana v Northwestern

Northwestern Holds On To Edge Michigan St 23-20

With Northwestern again holding a late lead, coach Pat Fitzgerald was willing to punt the ball away and put his defense on the spot. This time, the Wildcats held firm.

11/17/2012

Pat Fitzgerald

Northwestern Falls To Michigan 38-31 In OT

Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan’s defense responded with a stop, giving the Wolverines a wild 38-31 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

11/10/2012

Venric Mark #5 of the Northwestern Wildcats runs as Micah Hyde #18 of the Iowa Hawkeyes chases him on October 27, 2012 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Northwestern Bounces Back, Beats Iowa 28-17

Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern defeated Iowa 28-17 on Saturday.

10/27/2012

Pat Fitzgerald

Mark, Northwestern Hold On To Beat Minnesota 21-13

Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern to a 21-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

10/13/2012

Bill Belton #1 of the Penn State Nittany Lions carries the ball against Chi Chi Ariguzo #44 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the game on October 6, 2012 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penn State Rallies To Beat Northwestern, 39-28

Northwestern failed its first big test of the season. A week after returning to the Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the No. 24 Wildcats wasted an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing three touchdowns in the final 9:49 in a 39-28 loss Saturday to Penn State.

10/06/2012

Venric Mark #5 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates after a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ryan Field on September 8, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern won 23-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Mark Leads Northwestern Past Vanderbilt 23-13

Venric Mark ran for 123 yards and a late touchdown, Tyler Scott forced a key fumble and Northwestern beat Vanderbilt 23-13 Saturday night.

09/09/2012

Kain Colter. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Pat Fitzgerald appears to be legitimately optimistic about a group that could start 10 sophomores or younger Saturday in the season opener.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2012

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Minnesota Falls Again, Loses 28-13 To Northwestern

Losses keep piling up. Frustration is mounting. For Minnesota, this season probably can’t end soon enough.

11/19/2011

Demetrius Fields

Wildcats Take Huge 70-23 Loss

Northwestern was given no chance as they faced Wisconsin. Montee Ball’s four touchdowns and Venric Mark 94 yard touchdown return was too much for the Wildcats to handle.

11/27/2010

Dan Persa

Persa, Northwestern Rally Past Minnesota 29-28

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Dan Persa passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 99 yards to make up for two red-zone turnovers, leading Northwestern’s rally past Minnesota Saturday […]

670 The Score–10/02/2010