Pat Fitzgerald

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Patrick William Fitzgerald Jr. (born December 2, 1974) is the current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team.wikipedia
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Bowl Championship Series

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The win over Iowa came when the Hawkeyes were ranked #4 in the BCS standings and is, to date, the highest ranked opponent ever defeated by a Fitzgerald coached team.

Wisconsin Badgers football

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Two weeks later, the Wildcats knocked off #14 Wisconsin in Evanston for the second upset win of the season.

2009 Auburn Tigers football team

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The Wildcats fell 38–35 in overtime to Auburn (who would win the BCS Championship the following season) when a fake field goal attempt fell short.

BCS National Championship Game

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The Wildcats fell 38–35 in overtime to Auburn (who would win the BCS Championship the following season) when a fake field goal attempt fell short.

2009–10 NCAA football bowl games

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Nearly six million viewers watched the Wildcats play in their first New Year's Day bowl since 1996 in one of the most entertaining games of the 2009–2010 bowl season.

2010 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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The Wildcats' winning ways under Fitzgerald continued in 2010, highlighted by a dramatic last minute 21–17 upset of then #13 Iowa en route a third straight winning season and a third consecutive bowl game.

Gator Bowl

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Northwestern played in the third New Year's Day bowl game under Fitzgerald when the team accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Gator Bowl. Fitzgerald then guided the Wildcats to their first bowl victory in sixty-four years when he led Northwestern to a 34–20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

2012 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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Fitzgerald then guided the Wildcats to their first bowl victory in sixty-four years when he led Northwestern to a 34–20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

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The Gator Bowl win was also Fitzgerald's 50th win as head coach, allowing him to pass Pappy Waldorf as the winningest coach in Northwestern history.

College GameDay (football TV program)

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ESPN College GameDay came to Evanston for the first time since 1995 as the #18 Wildcats took on the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes on national television.

2013 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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ESPN College GameDay came to Evanston for the first time since 1995 as the #18 Wildcats took on the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes on national television.

Venric Mark

The season began to be marred by injuries as All-American Venric Mark and quarterback Kain Colter missed significant playing time with injuries.

2013 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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First, NU dropped a 20–17 game against Minnesota, then the 'Cats lost 17–10 to Iowa in overtime.

2013 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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First, NU dropped a 20–17 game against Minnesota, then the 'Cats lost 17–10 to Iowa in overtime.

2013 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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Perhaps the most bitter loss of the season came at Nebraska when the Huskers converted a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired to win the game.

2013 Michigan Wolverines football team

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The following week the 'Cats clung to a 9–6 lead over Michigan when the Wolverines ran their field goal team on with seconds to play; Michigan converted the field goal and won in triple overtime.

2013 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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Northwestern ended a disappointing season with a win however: a 37–34 victory over rival Illinois.

Trevor Siemian

The team had to replace senior quarterback Trevor Siemian who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and turned to redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson.

Clayton Thorson

The team had to replace senior quarterback Trevor Siemian who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and turned to redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson.

2015 Stanford Cardinal football team

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In the season opener, the Wildcats hosted #21 Stanford and the Cardinal were heavily favored.

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Cornerback Kyle Queiro sealed the game when he intercepted Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan in the end zone with less than a minute to play.

2016 Rose Bowl

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The Cardinal would go on to win the 2016 Rose Bowl and finish ranked #3 in the nation.

2015 Michigan Wolverines football team

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The Wildcats then went on a five-game winning streak rising to #13 in the nation before getting blanked 38–0 by Michigan in Ann Arbor.

2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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In a gut-check game at Lincoln the next week, the Wildcats edged Nebraska 30–28 powered by a 68-yard Clayton Thorson run and a 72-yard Nick VanHoose interception return for a touchdown.

2015 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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After three straight wins the 'Cats traveled to Camp Randall stadium to take on the #20 Wisconsin.