Saturday’s loss in the Big Ten Championship Game notwithstanding, it was still a tremendous season for Northwestern. And the Wildcats hung tough with Ohio State for much of Saturday’s game, even taking a 10-6 lead into halftime over the No. 4 team in the nation.

It took a 331-yard rushing performance from Ohio State running back Trey Sermon to get the Buckeyes over the hump in what would finish as a 22-10 loss for Northwestern. Northwestern was hurt by three turnovers.

The Wildcats are now 6-2 with the loss and are destined for a bowl game – that is if they choose to play in one given the number of programs opting out this year.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke to the media on Saturday following his team’s loss to Ohio State: