3. A Northwestern passing game?!
Northwestern was able to run 51 times, but it also picked a great time to come up with its best passing game of the season.
The Wildcats threw for 239 yards against Wisconsin and 224 against Ohio State. Against Auburn, Peyton Ramsey hit 24-of-35 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He had all day to throw, three different receivers caught touchdown passes, and this looked and played like a normal offense, and not just one that played to a type.
This was for all the Citrus! pic.twitter.com/mx8IGDtlhk
— Vrbo Citrus Bowl (@CitrusBowl) January 1, 2021
2. Bo Nix battled hard
The Auburn QB didn’t have any running game to help the cause, the team was down early, and he was going against one of the nation’s most efficient pass defenses. Throw in a leg injury that caused him to miss a little time, and it was a grind. Even so, he still led the team in rushing, threw for 292 yards and a score, and he kept on fighting in a lost cause.
1. Don’t blow off just how special this Northwestern team was
It’s still hard to properly describe just how bad Northwestern football was for so long.
Big seasons isn’t as normal as Pat Fitzgerald makes it seem.
It’s still a small, private school with a limited local fan base and a specialized recruiting base to pick from. While Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State and Nebraska all struggled through the season, Northwestern won seven games, got to a Big Ten championship, and won a big bowl game.
The season showed how quickly things going be fixed. The 2018 team was fantastic, the 2019 version was a disaster, and now the program bounced back enough to do all of this.
No, this really isn’t normal.