Northwestern starting running back Jeremy Larkin has been diagnosed with cervical stenosis, a narrowing in the upper part of the spine, and is retiring from football.
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Kato Nelson tossed two touchdown passes, Alvin Davis returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Akron rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 39-34 victory over Northwestern on Saturday night.
- Spinal issue forces Northwestern RB to retire
- Ex-Clemson QB Johnson transfers to N'western
- Wrigley Field to host Wildcats-Badgers in '20
- Sources: NU to host Badgers at Wrigley in 2020
Daniel Jones threw for three touchdowns before leaving the game with an apparent injury, and Duke beat Northwestern 21-7 on Saturday.
Jeremy Larkin ran for a career-high 143 yards and scored two touchdowns in his first game as Northwestern's feature back and the Wildcats' sealed Thursday night's 31-27 victory at Purdue by running off the final 7 minutes, 57 seconds.
It's crowded at the top, with Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan all chasing the Buckeyes for the top spot in the conference.
Quarterback Hunter Johnson is transferring from Clemson to Northwestern but must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.
College football will return to Chicago's Wrigley Field in 2020, when Northwestern hosts Wisconsin at the Friendly Confines.
Northwestern will host Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Northwestern last played at Wrigley in 2010, when it hosted Illinois. The Chicago Tribune first reported the site for the game.
Pac-12 referee Chris Coyte, whose decision to eject Kentucky running back Benny Snell from the Music City Bowl was widely criticized, received a barrage of threatening calls to his cell and office phones, sources told ESPN.
Former Northwestern linebacker Tim McGarigle, the FBS record-holder with 545 tackles, has been hired as the Wildcats' safeties coach.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in last week's 2017 Music City Bowl.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made it back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in program history as the Wildcats beat Kentucky at the Music City Bowl on Friday.
Justin Jackson's 157-yard performance put him in the top 10 for most all-time rushing yards in FBS history, as Northwestern edged Kentucky at the Music City Bowl on Friday.