Northwestern Wildcats Ready to Host Explosive #2 Ohio State

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern hosts Big Ten leaders No. 2 Ohio State at Ryan Field on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. CT. Coverage will be live on ABC and WYLL 1160 AM radio. 

Digital Program: Can’t wait for Saturday’s game? Catch up on all the latest with the Wildcats prior to kick-off with this week’s gameday program!
View the Week 10 Digital Program HERE

THREE THINGS TO KNOW:

  1. Last week, OT Peter Skoronski was named to the Midseason All-America Team by Pro Football Focus and the Associated Press. Skoronski is graded as the top pass-protector in the country by PFF, with a 93.0 pass blocking grade. He has allowed only four pressures on 362 pass-blocking snaps. According to PFF, his 81.0 run-blocking grade also ranks 5th best among all Power 5 tackles. Skoronski is a consensus first-round pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.
  2. QB Brendan Sullivan completed 23-of-30 passes for 159 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT last week against Iowa. Sullivan has completed 75% of his passes in back-to-back games, making him the first NU starting QB to do so since Dan Persa in 2011. Sullivan is also the first player to pass for a touchdown in each of his first three appearances with Northwestern since Trevor Siemian in 2011.
  3. This is Northwestern and Ohio State’s first meeting since the 2020 Big Ten Championship, which the Buckeyes won 22-10. Northwestern led at the half, 10-6, and limited Buckeyes QB Justin Fields to 12-of-27 passing with 2 INT and just 114 passing yards, the lowest output during his Buckeye career. DB AJ Hampton, Jr. eclipsed his career-high in tackles with 8 (recording six on the first drive alone). DB Cam Mitchell recorded his first-career interception in the second half after seeing increased playing time once Wildcat CB/eventual 1st round pick Greg Newsome left the game with an injury in the 2nd quarter. RB Cam Porter made his first-career start and gave the Wildcats an early 7-3 lead with a 9-yard TD run on the ‘Cats’ first drive of the game, Northwestern held on to that lead until 2:41 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

For more info on Saturday’s game, check out Northwestern’s Week 10 Game Notes and 2022 Media Guide.

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