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10-2, 2nd in Big Ten - West

Wildcats rise to 15th in ESPN poll

Northwestern moves up four spots after completing a 10-2 regular season with a 24-14 win over Illinois. That was unexpected improvement for a program that won half as many games during each of the previous two seasons. Power Rankings

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Northwestern fends off Illinois (1:12)

Wildcats limit Illinois to 2 TDs in 24-14 win

It's the first time No. 16 Northwestern has held opponents under 15 points in three straight conference games since 1995 season. Box score

Northwestern reaches 10-win plateau again (1:08)
Northwestern celebrates winning the Land of Lincoln Trophy (2:19)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

No team junks it up like Northwestern but the Cats are 10-2. Impressive turnaround by Pat Fitzgerald after consecutive 5-7 seasons. As a Big Ten assistant told me, "They're making chicken salad out of ..." you know the rest. But the defense is tremendous and they know how to win. Today's win secures a top bowl game.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Fitzgerald and No. 16 Northwestern right on pace to finish up a 10-win season. The Wildcats once again doing a fantastic job on defense, and Illinois isn't doing itself any favors by dropping a bunch of passes when it does find some open spaces.


Jackson doubles Northwestern's lead

The 16th-ranked Wildcats are up 21-7 on Illinois on ESPNU, after this 3-yard TD run by Justin Jackson.


Vitale's catch is awesome, baby!

Northwestern's Dan Vitale was a real PTP'er on this TD catch, batting the ball to himself and pulling it in for a 19-yard TD against Illinois.

AP Photo/Jeff Haynes

Watch: (16) Northwestern vs. Illinois

Since 1900, Northwestern has won nine or more games six times, five of which Pat Fitzgerald has been a part. Fitzgerald has coached the Wildcats to three such seasons (2008, 2012, 2015) and was a player on the 1995 and 1996 teams that won or shared the Big Ten title. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

Team Stats

Passing Yards139.3119th
Rushing Yards193.3Tied-39th
Points For22.0Tied-106th
Points Against16.48th

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