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Handling the hype, but not Ohio State

Northwestern comes up inches short in its bid to unseat the Buckeyes

Originally Published: October 9, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Pat Fitzgerald's inspirational thought for the week leading up to the biggest game of his Northwestern coaching tenure didn't come from a world leader, an ancient philosopher, a religious figure or even a fellow football coach.

It came from a poet, sort of. Not Wordsworth or Byron or Yeats, although William Jonathan Drayton Jr. sounds like the name of a man who could have rubbed elbows with them.

As the countdown began for 4-0 Northwestern's much-anticipated showdown ...

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