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Running back Justin Jackson leads Northwestern

Kentucky plays Northwestern Dec. 29th in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

Northwestern is led by four-time All-Big Ten running back Justin Jackson,  the program’s record holder in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. This season Jackson became just the second player in Big Ten history (Ron Dayne, Wisconsin) and ninth in FBS history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in four-straight seasons.
Jackson was among 12 Northwestern players named to the All-Big Ten Team earlier this week, including three others on offense and eight on defense/special teams. The senior has amassed 1,154 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. 

Defensively, the ‘Cats rank ninth in the country in rushing defense and 20th in scoring defense (19.8/game). Redshirt first-year linebacker Paddy Fisher leads all FBS rookies with 110 tackles and 62 solo tackles, while ranking seventh in the country with four forced fumbles.
The Wildcats have won two of their last three bowl games. Northwestern earned a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Pittsburgh in the 2016 NewEra Pinstripe Bowl at iconic Yankee Stadium, and a 34-20 triumph over Mississippi State in the 2013 Gator Bowl. The Music City Bowl will be the 14th in program history, of which Pat Fitzgerald has played a role in 12 (two as a student-athlete, two as an assistant coach, eight as head coach).


  1. Not confident UK wins this one. UK closed the season by not playing well at all. NW is a good football team, A rugged Big 10 team. Can Stoops get this UK team ready, I don’t know anymore. Hope he gets UK to No. 8, we’ll see.

  2. Northwestern is gonna kick our a** for 60 minutes. Thank God we didn’t draw the Hawkeyes.

  3. I really like Stoops and I want more than anything for him to be successful here. However, I’m starting to think he may just be too nice to be a head coach; the same bug that beat Joker. The players do not seem to respect the coaches with a little bit of fear. Letting Jordan Jones continue to play in the Louisville game only breeds that type of behavior and lack of respect. The defense has continually gotten worse all season, but Stoops evidently approves because he puts up with it. I have never seen a secondary fall apart like this one has. On offense, they have become so one dimensional everyone knows what they are going to do. There again, Stoops must approve, because it keeps happening. It was such a shame to have two good freshman receivers play this year when they could have and should have redshirted. I don’t think either one had enough catches to make a difference. If you aren’t going to use them, redshirt them. Very happy for Jeff Badet because I think he could see the writing on the wall.

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