Almost a Heisman pose.
Fitz says stats are for losers, so here are a few more stats from Northwestern's 22-13 win over Boston College:
- Everybody's on the #BudzienForGroza bandwagon. How about a little love for Brandon Williams and the punt team? Williams only had two punts on Saturday, but one of them was downed at the 1-yard line. For the season, six of Williams' 13 punts have been downed inside the 20. Field position matters, people.
- A week after making his collegiate debut, Ifeadi Odenigbo had a DNP against BC. But another true freshman, safety Traveon Henry, burned his redshirt, playing on special teams, where he laid out some big hits. If Jared Carpenter is still dinged up or the Wildcats take care of business against South Dakota and build up a big lead, Henry might get a chance to play his natural position on Saturday.
- Demetrius Fields, the senior leader that he is, had another good game, leading the Wildcats in receptions, with 9 for 77 yards. For the season, he is the team's leading receiver with 19 receptions for 164 yards and a TD.
- In all, 10 Wildcats have caught a pass for NU this season. Seven of them are wide receivers, two are running backs (including Venric Mark, the team's second leading receiver with 10 receptions for 72 yards and a TD), and one is a superback (Dan Vitale).
- How much longer before Chi Chi Ariguzo starts getting mentioned in Butkus Award chatter as best linebacker in the nation? Ariguzo, a redshirt sophomore, leads NU with 27 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, three pass break-ups, and two fumble recoveries. He is tied for second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss. (In fact, DE Tyler Scott and DT Brian Arnfelt are right behind him with 4.0 TFLs.) Ariguzo has a great nose for the ball and is involved in every single running play, it seems.
- Mountain Tiger already mentioned this, but our three starting linebackers are three of the top four tacklers for NU. Ariguzo is first, David Nwabuisi is second, and Damien Proby is fourth, with safety Ibraheim Campbell third. This is a huge change from last year, when our tackling leaders were mostly in our secondary.
- Northwestern got flagged seven times against BC for 79 yards. A few of those penalties seemed rather questionable, but this is an area the Wildcats need to improve on. For the season, NU has been the third-most penalized team in the Big Ten, averaging 65.3 penalty yards. NU had five penalties against Vanderbilt, and seven against Syracuse.
- With the red zone fumble on the snap exchange, NU is now 0-for-3 on the season on 4th down conversions. On the bright side, the Wildcats rank third in the Big Ten in 3rd down conversions, making 25 out of 50, or 50% for you math-challenged.
- As good as the offensive line has been for the run game, the pass blocking numbers aren't so great. NU gave up two sacks against BC and for the season is tied for most sacks allowed in the Big Ten, with eight. Without Colter's scrambling ability, it could be worse. But this is partially skewed by the five sacks they gave up against Syracuse. Maybe things are getting better.
- The Wildcats rank dead last in the Big Ten in passing defense, giving up 330 yards per game. But they are second in the conference in run defense, giving up just 80 yards per game.
- With his 43rd career coaching win, Fitz now needs just six more to tie the Wildcat record holder of Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, who compiled 49 wins while leading Northwestern from 1935-46. Will he tie or break the record this year?
- After drawing 31,644 for their home opener against Vanderbilt, the Wildcats improved on that with 32,597 in attendance for the BC game. Any guesses for what the attendance will be against FCS school South Dakota on Saturday?