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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, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
FAIRFIELD — UPDATE @ 5:50 a.m: About 35 people were displaced and two dozen apartment units were damaged after a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to our partners at WCPO.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation
Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. after a resident smelled something burning and found a fire in the third floor utility room.
A total of 24 units were impacted, 12 as a result of the fire, and the other 12 due to utilities in the complex being shut off, according to the American Red Cross, who assisted the displaced residents.
Fairfield firefighters worked to control the heavy fire for over 2 hours with assistance from Forest Park and Colerain Township Fire Departments.
Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.
Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:57 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Montgomery and Preble counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday due to freezing rain in the area.
Some snow showers and freezing rain have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
Rain and freezing rain will mix through the morning with the possibility of a light ice accumulation that could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise.
“Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up,” Zontini said.
Temperatures improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day.
Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result.
WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s.
THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day.
FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight.
SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:01 AM
But the city of Dayton’s new mascot, Captain Customer Service, looks to be a big cheerleader for customer service “all-stars” within the government organization.
Captain Customer Service will be called to help honor and highlight the work of people who display or embody the city’s core values of strong customer service, said Tammi Clements, Dayton’s deputy city manager.
“We hope that will bring a little more attention to the things we’re trying to do,” she said.
Captain Customer Service will be played by Andrew Estevez, the TV production specialist for the city’s office of communications and public affairs.
Estevez may don a cape and other superhero garb.
His main duty will be to recognize employees for “outstanding” customer service, which is the point of the city’s Dayton Delivers all stars program.
Government agencies for years have turned to some quirky mascots to promote their initiatives. There’s Deputy Drip, who raises awareness about water conservation in Nevada and Twisty the LED light bulb in Seattle.
Sports teams, of course, have mascots, including local fan favorites Heater, Gem and Roofman of the Dayton Dragons.
Dayton city commissioners praised plans for the new mascot at a special meeting last week. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, “I like this guy: I think it’s supposed to be fun, and this is fun.”
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 5:58 a.m: The Montgomery County Coroner been requested to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine after a reported forklift accident occurred Tuesday morning.
Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to 2801 W. Stroop Road with one person reportedly unresponsive.
Additional details have not been released.
Crews are responding to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine on reports of an accident involving a forklift.
The incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. at the business located at 2801 W. Stroop Road, per initial reports.