The day itself wasn’t perfect, as it was cloudy all day and the temperature didn’t exceed 8 degrees (Celsius). Nevertheless, for being a sports fan involving FOUR different colleges, it was a near-perfect day.
The football teams that I saw went a perfect 3-0, and Stout won as well. The summaries:
- Carthage started my day of football with a high-flying, 45-27 victory over Millikin University. The Red Men were never forced to punt, and held the ball for more than 2/3 of the game, including 3 takeaways.
- After dropping off my bike for a much-needed tune-up, I watched the Northwestern vs. #16 Michigan State game on DVR. After some strong offense in the first half, it was all defense during the second half. The ‘Cats pulled victory from the jaws of defeat from the jaws of victory when they allowed an equaliser with fewer (that’s for you, Sarah Z-R…) than 30 seconds remaining. After trading touchdowns for two innings of overtime, the ‘Cats finally stopped the Spartans in the bottom of the third overtime.
- Nebraska was at Purdue, and trailed by as many as 12 points, having not found the end zone until the fourth quarter. But, the Huskers scored two touchdowns, including one with 14 seconds remaining in the game, to pull out a much-needed, 25-24 win.
- Though I didn’t see or hear any of the fourth football game, UW-Stout also had a drama-free win: 55-7 over UW-Eau Claire.
So the day was perfect from the perspective of the three games that I saw. My schools also combined for 10 other team-score sporting events, of which they went 7-1-2 (note: that is in the order Win-Draw-Loss):
- Nebraska had nothing else going on today.
- Northwestern had a loss in volleyball: at #9 Wisconsin-Madison in straight sets. The other two victories were in swimming meets.
- Carthage’s other matches were two Association football matches (women: Carthage 2-1 Augustana; men Carthage 3-0 Augustana) and two volleyball matches (3-0 win over MSOE and 3-1 upset over #1 Wittenberg).
- UW-Stout’s soccer team had the scoreline Stout 2-1 Eau Claire. Volleyball lost in 5 sets to Oshkosh, and hockey ended in the draw: 3-3 at Aurora.
Of course, can I still claim it a perfect day since the three games that I did see were all wins?
Today is the twenty-eighth day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes four weeks.
Green Bay/St. Norbert: 6 days
Minneapolis: 13 days
Lincoln: 56 days