Northwestern Head Coach Randy Walker talking with Ted Albrecht on the WGN Post Game Show...
As I told them, we don't get a couple of "self inflicted
wounds we get a shutout. We had a couple of dumb penalties, kept their
drives alive but I'll take that passion any day.
Jason Wright talked about intensity - we've got to take it to our
opponents. I haven't seen a defense fly around like this in a few years.
I think our kids played with passion today, we got 'em rev'ed up again
and that looked like the defense I saw in the first two games. As I
told them, I thought we could be an awfully solid defense this year and
be real special.
I thought all along that we could be a real good defense,
make some real strides. I thought we were on track to that the first
weeks, again last week I'm just going to view that as an aberation, the
best thing we do is we leave that behind. We got saddled back up and we
quit worrying what everyone else was saying and worried about how well
we could play.
Lets talk about the first quarter...the offense really came to play in the first quarter.
And we can be a good football team, and we can be a darn special
defense. I think we displayed that today, and now we embark on some
real challenges and go to the National Champions.
We got off the blocks swell, and really, other than a bad
field position or two and some things at the end of the half, we just
really couldn't keep it going. But every time we had a chance to
execute it and play ahead of the chains like we like to do on offense,
we moved the ball all day.
I don't think you had any negative first down plays in the first half.
Like I told them, we take the mistakes out of our football, out of our offense, and we score a couple of more.
They [Duke] were playing pretty assertive against us, you
know, they were coming down hill, we got ahead, our linemen were doing
a good job, and our backs ran awful hard, like I said, the thing that
got us in the 2nd quarter was we got behind the sticks a little bit, we
had a penalty, got in bad field position, but other than that, I think
we played pretty well.
How about having 2 rushers over 100 yards.
I tell you what, we need to rush the football, we were
awful disappointed as a football team and as a football family about
how it went last week. We know we're better than that. But you have to
show up on Saturday and do it. We came to play and rush the football, I
thought we came off the ball pretty well, we were wearing them down as
the game wore on and I thought our conditioning level showed up and
made a difference.
Next Week its the Shoe - the Big 10 Season Starts.
Well, you know we start the Big 10. That's what all these
kids came here to do is play Big 10 football. I like the way this 4
game start has finished, obviously we'd like to be one game or two
games better but I like where we're at as a football team right now, I
believe we can be an awful good football team.
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