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October 2001

October 2001


Running Out of the Spread

By forcing the defense to show its formations and tendencies, teams using the spread offense have begun to run the ball well
by: Steve Silverman
© October 2001

Northwestern has certainly had a long football history - but it has not usually been very glorious.

The Wildcats first started to line up and play football back in 1882 and since that time they have put together a record of 412-563-43. A lot of head shaking and fist-banging has been done by their fans over the years.

The team had endured 23 straight losing seasons heading into 1995 when a bit of magic dust was sprinkled over Evanston. The Wildcats suddenly got good and got nasty. They went from 3-7-1 the year before to 10-2, a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl vs. USC. Head coach Gary Barnett was viewed by most as a miracle worker.

The team continued to roll the following year and won another Big Ten title with a 9-3 record before getting beat 48-28 by Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl. It appeared the Wildcats had ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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