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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:17 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:16 PM
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern would gladly take a win without the overtime. But the Wildcats aren't complaining.
They head into Saturday's game against Purdue with a spot in the record book after becoming the first FBS program to play three consecutive overtime games and win them all.
"When you've been through overtime before, it makes you more comfortable in that situation," defensive lineman Joe Graziano said.
The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) are second in the Big Ten West after winning four in a row. But the past three games are what put them in the record book.
And they looked right at home in OT against Nebraska last week. Clayton Thorson sneaked into the end zone on fourth-and-1 for the go-ahead touchdown. The defense then came up with a sack and pass breakup while preserving a 31-24 victory.
That came on the heels of a wild finish against then-No. 16 Michigan State. Thorson threw a 22-yard touchdown to Flynn Nagel and Nate Hall — with 30 stitches in his left hand — intercepted Brian Lewerke in the end zone to seal a 39-31 win after Graziano stripped the quarterback on that play. A week before that, Thorson scored from the 1 after a 23-yard reception on third down by Justin Jackson to lift the Wildcats over Iowa 17-10 in OT.
Purdue (4-5, 2-4) beat Illinois last week to snap a three-game losing streak. But quarterback David Blough dislocated his right ankle and will miss the rest of the season.
Here are some things to know as Northwestern looks to keep its win streak going against the Boilermakers:
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spent most of this season using a two-quarterback rotation. Don't expect to see it again. With the Boilermakers missing their most experienced starter in Blough, Brohm will turn to the other quarterback, Elijah Sindelar, for the next three games — and perhaps a fourth.
"While he (Sindelar) was disappointed he had not been starting the last couple weeks, he practiced well," Brohm said. "He's continued to work hard. I think he's excited about the opportunity to play."
Sindelar will be backed up by Jared Sparks, a redshirt freshman who is listed on the depth chart as both a receiver and quarterback.
MILESTONE IN REACH
Northwestern's all-time leading rusher, Justin Jackson needs 202 yards to join Wisconsin's Ron Dayne as the only Big Ten players with four 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson ranks sixth on the conference's career rushing list with 4,927 yards.
BY THE NUMBERS
Under Brohm, the Boilermakers have already surpassed last season's overall and conference victory totals. The defense is allowing 19.4 points fewer per game, the biggest improvement in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and 94.0 yards fewer rushing per game, the nation's seventh-best improvement. They are running for 63.1 yards more per game than 2016, the eighth-best turnaround in the nation. The most important number is this: Purdue has seen its crowds increase by 12,589 per game, a big turnabout from the steadily dwindling numbers of recent years.
Northwestern has scored on all 17 trips to the red zone during their win streak and converted four against Nebraska — three touchdowns and a field goal. They are now 34 of 36 on the season and rank 10th in the country in red zone efficiency.
"''I think offensively for the most part, (it's) taking care of the ball first of all," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "Being able to run it somewhat efficiently down there. Pretty consistently kicking our red zone field goals."
Purdue is 1-2 in its first three night games this season, beating Ohio University at home while losing to Louisville in Indianapolis and Nebraska at home. But the Boilermakers are 2-0 when playing Northwestern under the lights. More good news: Purdue has allowed a total of 120 yards rushing over the past two games.
The bad news: Northwestern is comfortable throwing the ball and won its only other night game this season, 49-7 over Bowling Green.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:06 PM
— The fireball lit up the sky Tuesday just after 8 p.m.
The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan.
The fireball was also seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada.
It is not known whether the meteorite dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM
KINGS MILLS, Warren County — Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.
That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.
The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.
The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.
McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.
Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.
Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.
“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”
He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.
“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.
Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.
Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”
“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.
“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said.
“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.
Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:41 AM
DAYTON — Some local flights are delayed to and from Atlanta this morning as snow falls in the South.
One to 1.5 inches of snow is expected to fall in metropolitan Atlanta through this morning. A state of emergency has been issued for 83 counties in Georgia.
Before heading to the airport, check our nteractive flight delay map to see if your flight is on time.
Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have spread up the eastern half of the United States.
Snow falling Wednesday morning in Georgia, through the Carolinas all the way to New England is creating travel delays across the country. More than 10 states are under winter weather alerts for Wednesday.
The governor of Georgia issued a state of emergency for 83 counties ahead of the snow and bitter cold. Early morning snow totals ranged from 1.6 inches in midtown to almost two inches near Douglasville.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM
— UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton’s emergency vacate order for the Newcom building.
Skelton said the building owner must purchase infrared heaters today for the remaining 18 tenants in the building. He ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.
Skelton said he will review the matter every two days and planned to inspect the building tonight. “I will be watching this very closely,” Skelton said.
UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.
But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building.
About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order.
Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters.
Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly.
The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon
Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.
The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.
Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.
The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.
The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.