The football team sent the seniors off right by taking Illinois to the woodshed. The blowout came in spite of a fast start for Illinois, who took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive and were only down 27-14 at the half. The offense continued their strong showing in the second half, while the defense buckled down and allowed fewer than 50 yards, intercepted two passes, and scored a safety to bring Northwestern's point total to 50 and hold Illinois scoreless after halftime. Pat Fitzgerald got his 49th career victory, and he will get the chance to become the first Northwestern head coach with 50 in the bowl game.
Northwestern tried to get Bo Cisek a touchdown to cap off his career, but the defensive lineman fumbled near the goal line in the fourth quarter. Still, thanks are due to him and all the other seniors for their efforts this year and throughout their careers. A bowl win would be a great way for them to finish.