NUmbers Guy: NU’s Loss to Illinois

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WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) breaks down Northwestern’s season-ending loss to rival Illinois.

A disappointing end to a disappointing season. Northwestern needed a win to gain bowl eligibility Saturday, but against in-state rival Illinois, the ‘Cats got thrashed 47-33. After an up and down season, with wins over ranked Notre Dame and Wisconsin, but losses to Northern Illinois and Michigan, Northwestern ended their season on a low note, losing the Land of Lincoln trophy to the Fighting Illini. Decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball, the ‘Cats were outplayed by a bad Illini team on Senior Day at Ryan Field. So let’s take a look at the numbers behind Northwestern’s 47-33 loss to the Fighting Illini.

291

 Before Saturday’s game, the Fighting Illini ranked No. 119 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing with a little over 100 yards per game. But against the ‘Cats, Illinois…

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