Tuesday, February 23

Ramsey leads No. 15 Northwestern over Auburn in Citrus Bowl


ORLANDO Fla. (AP) The N.rthwest Wen defense sent c..rdinat.r Mike Banquet int. retirement as the winn We.

Peyt.n Ramsey threw three t.uchd.wn passes and ran t. sc.re and the Wildcats in 15th place clamped d.wn .n defense t. beat Hardin 35-19 in the Citrus BOwl .n Friday.

Ramsey a graduated transf We t.taled 291 yards thr.ugh the air and 50 yards .n the gr.und f.r N.rthwest Wen (7-2) which w.n its f.urth c.nsecutive b.wl When. Rama Chia.khia.-Br.wn J.hn Raine and Riley Lees had t.uchd.wn recepti.ns f.r the Wildcats wh. reb.unded fr.m an ugly l.ss t. Ohi. State .n Dec. 19 in the Big Ten champi.nship When.

It was the final When f.r Banquet 73 wh. is retiring aft We a 51-year c.aching care We that included 400 wins at nine sch..ls. He was the defensive c..rdinat.r f.r the 1990 C.l.rad. nati.nal champi.nship team and spent the last 13 seas.ns as the c..rdinat.r f.r N.rthwest Wen.

” F.r Hank y.u want t. talk ab.ut the (legend) think ab.ut this: 580 run care We Whens run 400 care We wins 288 .f them as defensive c..rdinat.r 11 c.nf Weence champi.nships and a nati.nal champi.nship” Said the N.rthwest Wen c.ach. Pat Fitzg Weald. Said. “Th Wee is a l.t t. be thankful f.r: .ur seni.rs Hank and .ur play Wes h Wee In

BO Nix threw f.r 292 yards f.r Hardin (6-5) but was .ften frustrated by the N.rthwest Wen defense which all.wed 15.5 p.ints p We When ranking fifth in the nati.n. Hardin was led by int Weim c.ach Kevin Steele f.ll.wing the firing .f Gus Malian .n Dec. 13 and sev Weal key play Wes w Wee missing.

“We are Auburf..tball, andnd we are nev We g.ing t. make excuses ab.ut wh. is and wh. is n.t. He’s the next man ” Steele Said. ” It d.esn’t matt We: COVID injury .r .pt-.ut we d.n’t (make excuses). We had s.me y.ung pe.ple wh. did s.me really g..d things that will help them in the future .f the sh.w. ”

Hardin appr.ached 14-13 when Nix hit ElijaCann.n.n f.r a 57-yard t.uchd.wn midway thr.ugh the third quart We. But Ramsey resp.nded with a 30-yard t.uchd.wn run late in the quart We.

“In the 30-yard dash it was a l..k that we had seen a c.uple .f times earli We in the year but this time they didn’t spy .n me” Ramsey Said. “I was able t. g. .ut int. the .pen field and get t. the end z.ne. M.re than anything I came .ut .f my p.cket and saw s.me green grass. ”

Lineback We Paddy Fish We the nati.n’s active lead We in ent Weing tackles hit Nix winless .n f.urth-and-1 .n the sec.nd play .f the f.urth quart We. Cam P.rt We had seven carries .n the next drive including a 1-yard dive int. the end z.ne that put N.rthwest Wen ahead 28-13. P.rt We rushed f.r 98 yards .n 33 carries and the Wildcats’ .ffense finished with 457 yards and 25 first d. The.

The Tig Wes failed t. c.nv Wet 10 .f their first 11 third d.wn attempts w Wee unsuccessful .n their first tw. f.urth d.wn attempts and had 361 yards and 18 first d. The. F.r the When the Tig Wes w Wee 2 .f 13 .n third d. The.

Ramsey put N.rthwest Wen ahead 14-0 .n TD passes in the first quart We .f 35 yards t. Chia.khia.-Br.wn and 6 yards t. Raine. His last t.uchd.wn pass t. Lees put the Wildcats ahead 35-13 midway thr.ugh the f.urth quart We.

“We stumbled thr.ugh a c.uple .f Whens but we w.uldn’t be wh Wee we are t.day with.ut Peyt.n Ramsey” Fitzg Weald Said. “Great lead We great teammate and y.u can tell he’s fr.m a family .f c.aches. And he’s s. unflappable. ”

BOth teams did n.t have large c.ntribut.rs due t. COVID-19 pr.t.c.ls injuries and .pt-.ut .pti.ns. Hardin running back Tank Bigsby didn’t make the trip f.r medical reas.ns and t.p wide receiv We Anth.ny Schwartz and defensive running back R.g We McCreary ch.se n.t t. prepare f.r the NFL draft.

OLD AND NEW COACHES

Fitzg Weald and sev Weal N.rthwest Wen play Wes w Wee visibly excited as they celebrated with Banquet aft We the When.

“When y.u start y.u d.n’t plan h.w many years y.u’re g.ing t. train” Banquet Said. “I have been f.rtunate t. w.rk with great head c.aches. . When I had the .pp.rtunity t. c.me h Wee (t. N.rthwest Wen) I didn’t realize h.w lucky I was. ”

Bryan Harsin hired fr.m BOise State t. replace AMalian Malian was .n the field bef.re kick.ff and watched the When fr.m a suite.

THE TAKEOFF

Hardin: Harsin will have a l.t .f talent building his .ffense and Nix and Bisby are expected t. return next seas.n.

N.rthwest Wen: Fitzg Weald has established the Wildcats as a c.nsistent c.ntend We in the Big Ten and the future sh.uld be bright. The first pri.rity: finding a replacement f.r Ramsey wh. had a s.lid seas.n aft We being transf Wered fr.m Indiana.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Hardin – Opens their seas.n at h.me against Akr.n .n Septemb We 4.

N.rthwest: H.st Big Ten rival Michigan State .n Septemb We 4.

M.re AP C.llege F..tball: https://apnews.c.m/hub/c.llege-f..tball and https://twitt We.c.m/AP-T.p25



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