Tyler Scott — How perfect it was: The senior closed his career with a key interception of Nathan Scheelhaase. He also picked up two quarterback hits — part of another strong performance from the defensive ends. Dean Lowry added 1.5 sacks; he and Deonte Gibson should still be an impressive tandem next season. Despite the relatively poor defensive showing on Saturday, key plays gave Northwestern the Land of Lincoln edge.
Damien Proby — A more subdued guy, he's still one I'll miss. My favorite memory of him: Last spring, while he was inactive during a practice, Proby became hoarse yelling out instructions to fellow linebackers. He's a natural leader, an excellent player, and someone who anchored an impressive group of linebackers. His active game – and 14 tackles – served as an ideal sendoff. He'll be tough to replace.
Rashad Lawrence — Well, all of the seniors happened to show up, aside from poor Kain Colter. Lawrence had his best game since the Ohio State breakout, notching five catches for 117 yards and a nice score. He took advantage of the weak Illinois secondary and was part of a career day for these wide receivers. The senior never quite met his potential – at least not this season – but saved some of his best football for the Illinois rivalry.
Christian Jones — Unbelievable: 13 catches, 183 yards, two touchdowns. He's finally realizing his overall skill and versatility; we might have just seen his breakout game. Though the Wildcats tend to incorporate "receiver-by-committee," Jones could be an ideal primary option if they choose that route. Regardless, this was quite the afternoon for Jones, who has one year of eligibility remaining.