The Northwestern Wildcats used a 28-point fourth quarter to come back from a 20-3 deficit to beat Utah 31-20 in the Holiday Bowl on Monday night. The win pushed Northwestern to a record of 9-5 on the season, giving the Wildcats their fifth nine-win season under Pat Fitzgerald in his 13 seasons. The program only had four such seasons in its entire history before Fitzgerald took over in 2006.
It's that kind of unprecedented success at Northwestern that has made Fitzgerald a popular candidate for other jobs over the years, but he's routinely turned them down. This year, his name began popping up as a candidate for NFL openings, including the vacant Green Bay Packers job just a few hours north of Evanston. Following Northwestern's win over Utah, Fitzgerald was asked point blank about the job rumors. Northwestern fans can rest easy.