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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: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
SOUTH VIENNA, CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.
Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.
The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed.
The fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning.
Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM
THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.
FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.
SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m.: The condition of the woman found unresponsive, at the side of an in-ground swimming pool at a private residence on Ladera Trail in Washington Twp., is still not known.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Twp. fire personnel arrived and took over medical treatment. They took the woman to Kettering Medical Center.
A 44-year-old woman has been taken to a hospital after what is being called an accidental near drowning at a private residence in Washington Twp.
Officials tell us the woman may have fallen into an in-ground pool at the home in the 1700 block of Ladera Trail. Medics were able to find a pulse as they took her to a hospital, officials said. Her condition was not immediately known.
Family members were performing CPR on the woman when medics arrived, said officials, who were told the woman was in the water less than a few minutes.
The call was dispatched just before 8:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.
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