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Created
10/11/00;
Updated
12/4/17

 






'CATS PREP FOR KENTUCKY





The Wildcats are headed to Nashville! Stay tuned to the Bowl Page for further details.


LINKS:
  • NU Sports's initial announcement
  • Big Ten Network's opening preview
  • "Cats Happy for a Shot at Redemption" [they're referring to the Kentucky Cats], from the Harlan Daily Enterprise. Includes an interesting note about UK senior linebacker Courtney Love, the only player on either team who has experience playing againt the opposing team (Love transferred to Kentucky from Nebraska, where he played Northwestern).
  • Swag!






NU vs. Kentucky
#21 Northwestern Wildcats
2017 Results
(9-3; 7-2 B1G)

W  Nevada 31-20
L  Duke 17-41
W
Bowling Green
49-7
L
Wisconsin* 24-33
L
Penn State - HC
7-31
W
Maryland 37-21
W
Iowa* 17-10
W
Michigan State
39-31
W
Nebraska* 31-24
W
Purdue*
23-13
W
Minnesota*
39-0
W
Illinois*
42-7
- Kentucky (MCB)
Dec 29
 
Kentucky Wildcats
2017 Results
(7-5; 4-4 SEC)

W  So. Miss. 24-17
W  I-AA Eastern KY 27-16

S. Carolina
23-13

Florida
27-28

Eastern Mich.
24-20

Missouri
40-34

Miss. St.
7-45

Tennessee
29-26

Ole Miss
34-37

Vanderbilt 44-21

Georgia 13-42

Louisville 17-44

NU (MCB)
Dec 29

NU - Kentucky Series (NU Leads 1-0)

The two Wildcats have played each other only once before, in 1928. 2-0 Kentucky came to Dyche Stadium to take on 1-1 NU in an early-season non-conference match. It was Northwestern's third season in its new stadium and the first season wearing a new uniform with what would come to be known as "Northwestern Stripes."

The match was highly-anticipated. Kentucky's state governor accompanied the university's team to Evanston. Kentucky, reveling in playing another Wildcat team, brought its own, live, wildcat mascot to the game, along with the school marching band. WBBM and WMAQ both broadcast the game on local radio. The game was preceded by a matchup between NU and Notre Dame's reserve squads.

NU was concerned with injuries coming into the game. Star tackle Harry Kent was sidelined, hurt in the previous game against Ohio State. However, the Purple 'Cats needn't have worried. NU captain Walt Holmer accounted for 81 of NU's 168 yards rushing, which were enough to upend Kentucky, 7-0. During the second quarter, NU drove to the Kentucky 20-yard line. The NU 'Cats began a rushing play, but the carrier fumbled behind the line of scrimmage. Holmer recovered and threw a pass to Henry Bruder, who raced into the endzone for the day's only score.

Northwestern would go on to have a decent 5-3 season. The other Wildcats would finish 4-3-1.


Program from the '28 NU-Kentucky game





Alumni Bowl Page Is Updated

As it has done every year that NU becomes bowl eligible, the NU Alumni Association has posted its bowl tour page. The page is now updated with NAA plans and details, along with game watch sites.