One stat perfectly sums up Northwestern's abysmal 2021 season
Northwestern always faced a tall task coming into 2021 while trying to replace a lot of talent from the 2020 squad that captured the B1G West title. But even with a lot of talent departing, the drop-off in 2021 proved steeper than few could expect.
The year started with a 38-21 loss to Michigan State and only got worse from there. The Wildcats did get a conference win over Rutgers and non-conference wins over Ohio and Indiana State, but that was the end of the positives for Pat Fitzgerald’s squad.
Even more remarkably, Northwestern never led – or tied – any game that the Wildcats lost this season. In their 9 losses, the Wildcats allowed the first score and did not register a lead change once, according to BTN’s Dave Revsine. Northwestern was also held below 20 points 7 times.
Revsine also pointed out that Northwestern is the first team in the divisional era of football to post a 4-year stretch of first, last, first, last finishes. It truly has been a roller-coaster stretch for the Wildcats.
Shared on air yesterday that Northwestern is 1st tm since divisional play started in CFB to go 1st to last to 1st to last in 4 yr span. Also – there were zero lead-changes in the games NU lost this yr. Allowed 1st score in every game and never took the lead (or even tied it).
— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) November 28, 2021