Morning Box Score
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Oct 25, 2009 3:30PM
Blackhawks Shutdown, Shut Out Predators
The Blackhawks snapped a short two-game losing skid last night, shutting out the Nashville Predators by a 2-0 final. The 'Hawks' goals came a minute apart in the second period. First, Dustin Byfuglien netted a slap shot and 56 seconds later it was Andrew Ladd's turn to put one in net, giving the 'Hawks the two goal lead. Cristobal Huet had an outstanding night in goal, credited with saving all 27 shots he faced from Nashville, his first shout out of the season. At 6-3-1, the 'Hawks remain at the top of the division. Next up are the Minnesota Wild visit the United Center tomorrow night (7 p.m., VS).
- There was excitement in Evanston as Northwestern (5-3, 2-2) mounted a ridonkulous rally to clip Indiana 29-28. Down 28-3 halfway through the second quarter, the Wildcats scrambled to score two touchdowns before the half to cut the lead to 28-17. After a third quarter safety cut into Indiana's lead a bit more, Northwestern stopped Indiana on fourth and goal and then marched 98 yards down the field to pull to within two. Late in the fourth, Northwestern's defense again stopped Indiana on a fourth down attempt and the offense converted a fourth down of their own, eventually setting up Stefan Demos for the 19-yard game-winning field goal to cap the comeback. QB Matt Kafka threw three interceptions but also threw for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the winning effort while the Wildcat defense clamped down in the second half, shutting out the Hoosiers over the game's 42 minutes and coming up with those pair of big fourth down stops.
- Notre Dame (5-2) finally shook the Boston College monkey off its back, defeating BC for the first time since 2000 by a 20-16 final. QB Jimmy Clausen threw for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner halfway through the fourth quarter. The aptly named Golden Tate had 128 yards receiving and hauled in both Clausen touchdown passes.
- It was another rough outing for Illinois (1-5, 0-6) as Purdue, fresh off an upset win over Ohio State, didn't suffer a let-down, rolling past the Illini 24-14 in spite of an early Illinois lead. Juice Williams was ineffective at QB as the Illini played saw three different players throw passes in the loss. And for all you Illini fans who have tired of Ron Zook, get ready because it looks like your stuck with him for a little while longer.
- NIU (4-3, 2-1) held on to defeat Miami-Ohio by a final of 27-22 in a game that was close but not quite as close as the final score indicates. NIU got a big day from Chad Spann who rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies took a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter when the teams exchanged scores, Miami twice cutting the NIU lead to a single score before Spann's second TD put the game out of reach with less than a minute to play. Miami cut the final margin on a touchdown as time ran out.