Pitt and star RB Conner face Northwestern at Yankee Stadium

Northwestern (6-6, Big Ten) vs. Pittsburgh (8-4, ACC), Dec. 28, 2 p.m. EST



Northwestern: RB Austin Jackson has 1,300 yards rushing; WR Austin Carr leads the Big Ten in catches (84), receiving yards (1,196) and touchdown catches (12); DE Ifeadi Odenigbo has 10 sacks.

Pitt: RB James Conner, who is a cancer survivor, has run for 1,060 yards and scored 20 touchdowns; Ejuan Price is third in the nation with 12 sacks; KR Quadree Henderson had returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns.


Northwestern: The Wildcats are the least penalized team in the Big Ten with 43 for 354 yards.

Pitt: The only team in the country to beat two teams currently ranked in the top five (Clemson and Penn State).


Pitt 21, Northwestern 14 (Sept. 29, 1973)


Northwestern: 13th bowl appearance and has only won two: The 1949 Rose Bowl and the Gator Bowl after the 2012 season.

Pitt: 33rd bowl appearance all-time and ninth consecutive.


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