Northwestern was struggling mightily in 2019. The Wildcats were coming off a 2018 Big Ten West title, but hadn’t won a conference game this season leading up to the final week.

Week 14, marked as rivalry week, was exactly that for Northwestern. Pat Fitzgerald got his chance to beat Illinois, which is an in-state rival for his team.

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After the Wildcats got their first B1G win of the season, beating the Fighting Illini 29-10, Fitzgerald talked about what the rivalry means to him:

He was focused on the game, and not his future:

He also talked about what the game came down to and how Northwestern dominated: