Notes: Flush it and move on

Northwestern lost a heartbreaker to Nebraska, letting a 12-point lead slip away. That's now a thing of the past for the Wildcats, who claim they have flushed it away and moved on. The next challenger, Iowa, won't be easy.

-- Pat Fitzgerald opened his press conference with an injury update: "I expect Venric [Mark] to play," he said of the running back. But some potentially bad news came: cornerbacks Nick VanHoose and Quinn Evans are "doubtful" for the game.

-- The Wildcats' message following the loss to Nebraska was simple: flush it. "The guys understand what happened, what we did, and what we can do better," said Fitzgerald. Added running back Mike Trumpy: "That's one thing that Coach Fitz has been drilling, whether it's a win or a loss."

-- NU held a film review of the Nebraska game, then turned the page to Iowa. "I thought the guys came with a great attitude, we looked at the film critically, and they moved on," Fitzgerald said.

-- What's the key to ensuring Nebraska doesn't beat Northwestern twice? "Just coming every day with just a positive attitude," receiver Tony Jones said. "We're still a 6-and-2 football team." Fitzgerald added: "Football players and athletes are a lot different from fans," referring to reaction of each game.

-- Many have accused Northwestern's offense of being too predictable in recent games. The players are looking to improve their game plan. "We all know that we're a great offense and we can be a greater offense," Jones said.

-- Fitzgerald suggested one shouldn't look for many trick plays. "I'm too boring, man," he joked. "Sorry. Trickeration is not in my vocabulary."

-- Northwestern had a lot of praise for Iowa running back Mark Weisman. "He's a physical, physical kid," said Fitzgerald. "He's impressive to watch." Added linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo: "He's a big strong back, he runs hard, he runs physically."

-- The Wildcats even eyed Weisman, a local product, in high school. But, "We identified him as a fullback, a bigger-type back," said Fitzgerald. -- Fitzgerald was asked if this is a good time to play the struggling Iowa team. "I don't think there's ever a good time to play a good team," said Fitzgerald. He added: "Like us, they were wounded from a rough experience (on Saturday) and are hungry for a win."

-- The Northwestern defense was left on the field for much of the team's two losses. Ariguzo denied fatigue has been an issue. "We work hard in the offseason to make sure we're the best-conditioned team," he said.

NU remains focused on its goals, but can't afford any more losses. Said Fitzgerald: "I think we've got a chance to finish with a special season."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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