The Northwestern Wildcats aren’t done celebrating their 28-25 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers just yet.
Even though we are now four days removed from the shocking upset whose reverberations were felt throughout the Big Ten this week, the parade continues in Evanston. The win in itself was impressive, but it won’t do much to change the fortunes of the 4-5 (2-4 in conference) Wildcats. The team is out of the hunt for the Big Ten title and, at this point, all they’re doing is playing spoiler to teams who could potentially challenge for the conference crown like Nebraska.
But maybe that’s what makes Saturday’s victory all the sweeter for the Wildcats. When you don’t have much to play for, the opportunity to wreck another team’s season becomes all the more alluring a proposition.
In the spirit of spiking the ball and doing a little touchdown dance following their big win, the good folks at Northwestern have decided to do something else – draw up a t-shirt to show Husker Nation where they stand. The shirt features a scoreboard reading the final score of Saturday’s outing, a Wildcat stomping on some corn, and a short but sweet one-sentence zinger – “Welcome to the Big Ten.”
As they say, to the winner go the spoils. If the Huskers had handled business and won a game they desperately needed to win, they wouldn’t be in this situation right now.
On top of the indignity that comes with having to hear about Northwestern’s shirt, Nebraska now also has a much more complex -- albeit, still possible -- route to the Big Ten title.
The lesson from all this: don’t lose.
Check out the Northwestern shirt below.