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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Dream is reality - Northwestern streak over
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Sept. 25, 1982

The Northwestern nightmare finally ends. The longest losing streak in major college football history is over at 34 when the Wildcats (usually the Mildcats) rout Northern Illinois, 31-6. The scoreboard at Dyche Stadium in Evanston flashes "Sweet!!!," "Euphoria!!" and "Goodbye Streak" in the closing moments as a large part of the crowd of 22,078 storms the field with 30 seconds left and tears down a goal post.

Northwestern's triumph is a dream for senior running back Ricky Edwards, who in his first start scores four touchdowns, tying a school record shared by Otto Graham and Mike Adamle. He gains 177 yards on 29 carries for a team that had minus 44 yards rushing in its first three games.

"I knew we were going to win," Edwards says. "I dreamed it last night. I also dreamed I scored on a 90-yard run."

That part of the dream is just a little off. His last touchdown is only 80 yards.

The victory is the first in 15 games for head coach Dennis Green.





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