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7-4, 1st in Big Ten - West

William Weinbaum ESPN 

If Big Ten West champ N'western (7-4, 7-1) — winner of 10 straight in West — beats Illinois in Evanston Sat. for that rivalry's Land of Lincoln Trophy, NU will have its 2nd 8-win season & 2nd 15-1 run in the conference. NU was 8-0 in 1995 & 7-1 in ‘96 (back-to-back conf. titles). NU faces Mich. or Ohio St. 12/1 for the conf. title.

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Northwestern stays in stride with 24-14 win at Minnesota

Isaiah Bowser rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 Northwestern turned three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan into 10 points on the way to a 24-14 victory on Saturday that stretched its program-record road winning streak...

Minnesota cuts into deficit with TD pass (0:36)
Northwestern grabs INT on wild tipped pass (0:56)
Bowser finds end zone for second time (0:28)
Wildcats' QB keeps it himself for score (0:35)
MINN VS NW (0:37)
Northwestern strikes first (0:23)
Shirtless Northwestern players warm up in freezing temps (0:20)
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Northwestern ranked in AP Top 25 poll after win

The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

With games left at Minn. & vs. Illinois before the 12/1 Big Ten championship, N'western (6-4, 6-1) has its ninth 6 (or more)-win conference season & 3rd in 4 years. NU has surpassed 6 conf. wins 3 times: 8-0 in 1995, 7-1 in ‘96 & 7-2 last year.

Iowa QB finds wide-open WR for 28-yard TD (0:38)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

N'western's 14-10 win at Iowa Sat. clinched at least a share of its 1st Big Ten West title & 1st conference championship game berth. NU (6-4, 6-1) has won 13 of 14 conf. games (10 straight in W. Div.), 7 straight road games (all in conf.) & 3 straight vs. Iowa.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern beat Iowa 14-10 and clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. Purdue lost to Minnesota, giving the Boilermakers a third conference loss. Northwestern holds a tie breaker against both Purdue and Wisconsin and with its win against Iowa, it can lose the last two games of the season and still make it into the conference championship game.

Northwestern's Skowronek makes diving catch for go-ahead TD (1:01)
Notre Dame pulls away from Northwestern to remain unbeaten (2:18)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame's November won't be smooth sailing, but QB Ian Book gives this team a chance to finish 12-0. Book was the difference in the second half at Northwestern, accounting for three second-half touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush), including the put-away 89-yard push after Notre Dame's lead had shrunk to three points. Offensive coordinator Chip Long called a great second half against a talented Northwestern defense.

Book credits great play calling for win against Northwestern (1:03)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Undefeated Notre Dame had lost 2 straight vs. N'western (1995 & 2014), but its 31-21 win Sat. is its 6th straight in Evanston (1966-70-72-74-76). NU ends its non-conf. season 0-3, but is 5-1 in Big Ten & can clinch the W. Division with 2 wins in final 3 games, at Iowa & Minn., then home vs. Illinois.

Team Stats

Passing Yards248.5
Rushing Yards101.5
Points For23.6184th
Points Against22.2