ESPN College GameDay visits Evanston for Northwestern game
Northwestern took a lead into the fourth quarter. It's what they do.
The Wildcats let the win slip through their fingers. It's what they do, too.
Underdogs against an Ohio State team that has not lost since 2011, the purple and black attack at least gave the Buckeyes all they could handle. We Northwestern fans are used to choking. They don't call them the Cardiac 'Cats for nothing. However, the manner of losing was fairly new this past weekend.
Typically, the kicker shanks a few. Or the defense collapses. On Saturday night, the referees blew one. NU was driving into OSU territory. Fourth and a matter of feet. Kain Colter fumbled the snap, but quickly snatched it up and leaned forward. It seemed as if he crossed the needed yard line. The officials didn't see it that way. So now we have to pull for Michigan to spare America from having to watch Alabama/LSU/Oregon paste the Buckeyes in the BCS Championship… nah, nevermind.
Early in the day, the ESPN GameDay crew set up its stage on the shore of Lake Michigan. The crowd was largely purple, with scattered swatches of Buckeye red and an odd cluster of Washington State fans. The marching band played a Boys Like Girls tune, while the swim team showed its stuff in the lake. We learned that coach Pat Fitzgerald schedules mandatory naptime for his team (1:30pm).
Yes, Northwestern lost this game. But I'm betting ESPN will have reason to return before 2031.