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    Postgame Quotes

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    Nov. 22, 2003

    Northwestern Head Coach Randy Walker

    On his team's effort...
    "It's overwhelming how proud I am of this football team. It goes all the way back to the guys who stuck to their commitments."

    On the team in gerneral...
    "This senior class is special. The kids are my heroes. I've rarely had this kind of feeling about a team."

    On his team's running game...
    "Our kids stepped up today, they ran hard and they blocked hard, so we kept rushing. There was not a conscious effort to run the ball, it was just working. A lot of the time the situation called for it."

    On a possible bowl game...
    "We were as good as anybody the second half of the season, except for the (Michigan) Wolverines. We deserve to play in a bowl game. I am very proud of our kids."


    Northwestern RB Jason Wright

    On the offensive line performance...
    "I fully expected the O-line to come out and have a great day. Watching film we thought that we would have an advantage on the line. They stepped up to the challenge today. It meant a lot to me that they put in the effort that they did, knowing that I was slightly injured. It was a good end to the regular season, whether it results in a bowl bid, or a start on next year's success."

    On his ankle injury...
    "Hopefully we can receive a bowl bid, and I can have time to get fully healthy. I am just going to wait and see if we get a bid and hang out with the guys, and hope we get a chance to go out on top."

    On running in the second half...
    "In the first half we had to keep them off balance with the run and pass. In the second half they sometimes had nine guys in the box. If we had done that in the first half they would have known what we were doing. It was a windy day, and we went to what worked in the second half. We just ran it up the gut and it worked."

     

     


    Northwestern LB Pat Durr

    On team unity...
    "I think this is one of the closest teams we have had since '95 or '96. I know we went out and wanted to win this game for the seniors. The underclassman have a real close relationship with the seniors, and we wanted to send them out on top."

    On turning the season around...
    "I think the Indiana game was the big turning point for our season. We weren't playing very well going into that game, and we didn't play good during that game either. We found a way to win, and we knew from then on that even if we weren't playing our best we had a chance to win."

    RB Noah Herron

    On the first half performance...
    "It was frustrating because it was similar to our entire season. We all made mistakes, including myself. It was like, 'When was it going to stop?' At halftime the coaches told us to go out and keep doing the same thing in the second half, and it worked." P