Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald: Disappointed In Missed Opportunities, Thinks Ohio State is Championship Caliber

By David Wertheim on December 19, 2020 at 4:23 pm
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Pat Fitzgerald knew that Northwestern was going to have to play perfect football to beat Ohio State.

And they largely did, at least in the first half. The Wildcats took a 10-6 lead into the locker room and stymied the Buckeyes for just about three quarters. Then, Trey Sermon took over, to the tune of a school record 331 rushing yards, and Northwestern ultimately fell 22-10.

Northwestern holding the Buckeyes to 22 points is a feat in itself, but only scoring 10 (with three turnovers) is not going to get the job done, and Fitzgerald acknowledged as much after the game.

Fitzgerald was also quite complimentary of the Buckeyes, saying Ohio State has "as much talent as everybody to go compete for a national championship, and they're Big Ten champs. If you're an undefeated champion here, in my humble opinion, you deserve to compete for a national title."

Northwestern falls to 5-2 with the loss, likely ending their hopes of a New Years 6 bowl bid under first-year starting quarterback Peyton Ramsey. The Wildcats are now 105-81 under Fitzgerald with two conference championship game appearances. 

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