SjT View from the Couch

With the 100th NU-Illini game on tap this weekend, some Northwestern fans (and others) are remembering some of the great matchups in the past. Steve Truog has attended a lot of Wildcat games and offers his evaluation of the past, and maybe Saturday...

One of the message boards we participate in has been discussing their greatest NU-Illini games . Here's Steve Truog's....
Unfortunately, I wasn't at the 1992 Gissendander catch game, but I imagine that it was one heck of a game and a preview of all those amazing comebacks we'd see the next decade or so of NU football.

I can tell you that my LEAST favorite Illinois game was the 1998 Big Ten home opener that we lost 13-10. It was a tough loss, made all the worse by the sight of Illini players dancing around Hannibal [NU's Wildcat Statue in the south endzone] and draping their ill-colored flags all over our beautiful new wildcat statue in the south end zone after the game.

After that disgusting display, the next home date with Illinois -- 2000's 61-23 pasting -- ranks as my favorite. We didn't even try and run it up, we just blasted those punks out of the stadium from the opening play and I'm sure more than a few of us frozen fans in the stands remembered their little victory dance in 1998 each time "Go U!" played on that day.

I think it is a big game for positioning next year. Illinois is a team on the rise. I'm not completely sold on Zook's coaching yet, but he's a heck of a recruiter and endlessly enthusiastic. They're getting more confident each week and ready to make a run next year for a bowl game.

And the Cats have been a different team ever since CJ stepped in against MSU. The offense has clicked and is starting to look like what we all expect from the Cats. An even more pleasant surprise is the way the D has come out firing after that MSU debacle. Now if we can cut down on those darn turnovers it should be one heck of a game Saturday.
GO CATS!!!
-SjT


Stephen J. Truog, former NU Marching Band member and now educator in Arizona, comments on the Wildcats from both the sidelines and his couch
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