Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says the Wildcats must do a better job of finishing drives as they prepare to host 20th ranked Nebraska in their Big Ten opener. The Wildcats are 1-2 after a victory over Duke and the offense is averaging just over 17 points per game.
“We have got to make those plays if want to become an offense that scores a lot of points”, said Fitzgerald. When you leave those opportunities out there it makes it real hard. We are moving the ball and the plan is working but we are not finishing drives. It starts with us as coaches but the guys have got to finish.”
Fitzgerald says the Huskers are a much more confident team in the second year under Mike Riley and it shows with the play of the defense.
“They had great success under the previous staff on defense and now in year two with the change in scheme you can see them playing real fast”, added Fitzgerald. “They played a really good Oregon team on Saturday and they played really well. It was impressive.”
A Northwestern ground game that is only averaging 98 yards per game has also been a concern. Fitzgerald says the running lanes will open as the passing game generates more big plays.