Football: Fourth-down conversions pave way to Wildcats’ Pinstripe Bowl win


NEW YORK — Facing fourth-and-one at Pittsburgh’s 21-yard line, coach Pat Fitzgerald took a chance.

Northwestern (7-6, 5-4 Big Ten) trailed No. 23 Pittsburgh (8-5, 5-3 ACC) 24-21 with 8:23 to go in Wednesday’s Pinstripe Bowl, and Fitzgerald’s team could tie the game with a field goal.

Instead, Fitzgerald decided to roll the dice and go for a first down. It paid dividends: sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson completed a short pass to wide-open junior superback Garrett Dickerson, who turned and raced along the sideline into the end zone. Click here to read the full article.

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