April 26, 2008

Offense, defense and sun shine at spring game

EVANSTON - The offense had the upper hand early while the defense held sway late in Northwestern's spring game on Saturday at Ryan Field. The Wildcats' offense scored all three of their touchdowns in the first half, but after halftime they were only able to put two field goals on the board.

The pace of the game was as brisk as the bracing westerly wind that blew across sun-struck Ryan Field, with the Wildcats getting off 75 plays in about one hour and 15 minutes due to a continuously running clock.

"It was a coach's dream," said NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "Our offense started fast and our defense was sleep-walking a little bit. Then, the defense came out and stiffened and we kept the offense out of the end zone."

He added, "There's a lot to build on and a lot to learn from."

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