Northwestern-Illinois: Wildcats Win First Land of Lincoln Trophy 21-16

Posted by Jonathan Hodges on November-15-2009 Add Comments

On a rather balmy mid-November afternoon, Northwestern (7-4, 4-3) defeated Illinois (3-7, 2-6) by a final score of 21-16 to claim the very first Land of Lincoln Trophy, after bringing home the last edition of the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk last year in Evanston.

The game was also an important milestone for the Wildcats, as NU is now guaranteed of a winning record on the year and a bowl berth (the bowl pairings will be announced on Dec. 6).

The game started off as a field position battle, with the two teams combining for just three points in the first 29:43 of the game, although Northwestern managed to grab the lead just before halftime on a 28-yard Mi...

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