NU Was cruising through the game with Air Force and a stripped ball fumble, an ejection, followed by an NU penalty seemed to cause the wheels to fall off the NU offense.

Here are the Coach Randy Walker's post game comments..."> NU Was cruising through the game with Air Force and a stripped ball fumble, an ejection, followed by an NU penalty seemed to cause the wheels to fall off the NU offense.

Here are the Coach Randy Walker's post game comments...">

Air Force 22 - NU 21

The question is still, "What Happened?" <p>NU Was cruising through the game with Air Force and a stripped ball fumble, an ejection, followed by an NU penalty seemed to cause the wheels to fall off the NU offense. <p> Here are the Coach Randy Walker's post game comments...

Air Force 22 NU 21

This was not pretty....

and the general discussion on the Purple Chat was not very happy with the outcome.

NU was up 21-7 early in the 2nd half, and still lost the game after 3 interceptions on 3 straight possessions. It was not a happy time in the NU Locker Room...

Ted Albrecht [on WGN]: This is an awfully large pill to swallow..I know stats are for losers, but 452 yards of total offense - a complete balance of passing and running - another rusher over 100 yards - an awsome desplay of defense - and you come up just a couple short.

Randy Walker: Its the way it works out, but I know this, we don't have any regrets. I feel like our preparation was excellent. I think we came in the game with a great plan and I'm proud of our football team now.

Obviously we came out on the short end of the stick, I'm tremendously disappointed. Its a football game we should have won but again it goes back to doing the things that winners do and as important as turnover ratio was a week ago for our football team, it was the reverse this week and most games I've been a part of like that where you lose it significantly, you get beat.

TA: 21-7 going into the final period?
RW: Well you know we've based our program on playing well in the 4th quarter, obviously today was disappointing. I thought we really had some things going the right way coming out of the break at halftime, and I thought our kids did too for whatever reason, we didn't execute as well as we needed to in the 4th quarter, its just the bottom line and I don't take anything back, I think our [game] plan was exceptional and go out and take the mistakes out of our football because, quite frankly, that's what it was today, it wasn't a better football team - I give a lot of credit to Air Force - I don't believe they were a better football team today.

We just couldn't overcome the self inflicted wounds that we placed [on] ourselves.

TA: Your defense is coming of age  - I think its very clear, you've put together a defense against a very high powered offense - you've got to feel very proud about the production on the defensive side of the ball in two football games:
RW: Well, I think they had a solid fooball game for us today. I would have thought that based on the effort they gave and the way they played that would have been good enough to win. I really did.

Obviously, we didn't take some substantial opportunities on offense, and that's really disheartening, but I really believe we can be a really good offense, and I haven't quite believeing that, we just have to take the self inflictged wounds out,

But I'm really excited about our defense, I continue to believe they can be very good for us and continue to get better.

TA: Its a team game and now it needs to be a balanceing act between offense and defense.
RW: Well, we just didn't finish as an offense and that's what disappointing. You've got all the things you want in place; you got the lead, the wind, you got the condition - you can't put our offense in a better position - and its disappointing that we didn't finish the game 'cause we played exceptionally well for 2 1/2 quarters.

And, I know we're good enough, we have enough weapons, and just a matter of taking the self inflicted wounds out of our football, out of our offense especially and we can be a very good unit on that side of the ball.

TA: This had to be a tough one for you, your staff and the entire club...
RW: Well, there was no secret about who we were playing today, and how devastating that defeat was for us a year ago and I do think we came to play today and we got a great effort out of our kids and but now we have to wash it down and put it behind us because we have to go back and play it again, and that's just a matter of playing the next game, and playing better.

We're going to have our hands full with Miami coming in here, an awful good football team, who quite frankly, I thought had a chance at beating one of the toughest teams on our schedule [Iowa], especially at the beginning.

And so its now just a matter of us coming back to play good football, trust what we are and trust what we are as a football family and pick each other up 'cause its going to be difficult - there's no minimizing that - but we've got quality kids and a great program and I'm excited about he chance we have for 10 more.

The Cats next face Miami of Ohio - Randy Walker's Alma Mater at home - a team that he hasn't beaten as a coach at Northwestern.

Player interviews are coming up - and we'll have another free chat room running next weekend.

Big question - what happened to NU Running Back Jason Wright in the 2nd half - he was a major force who disappeared after the first score. Brett Basanez also disappeared, although he remained on the field. No comments from Coach Walker or anyone else about the offensive breakdown, but the part of the NU game that everyone expected to shine this year, didn't today.


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