Bits and pieces of Northwestern-Central Michigan
* Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was happy with the student body's turnout at Ryan Field Saturday for the Wildcats' 30-25 victory over Central Michigan. Fitzgerald said several of his players handed out T-shirts on campus Thursday and about two boxloads were gone "in about four seconds." The 30,000-plus fans brought more energy to Ryan Field for this second home game.
* Quentin Williams and David Nwabuisi each had interceptions for the Wildcats.
"I wasn't hiding but it was part of the scheme where they don't expect a defensive lineman to be covering the flat very often and I was lucky to be there," Williams said.
* Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa's maturity is what makes him a winner. Persa does a lot of scrambling and rushing, and he has come back to the sidelines to tell Fitzgerald he did so because he "didn't like the look" of the receivers.
* Best quotes: When you've got something wrong, like a weed in the yard, you get weed-killer. I'm going to kill the penalties, I promise you that."
-- Fitzgerald on the Wildcats' 106 yards of penalties.
"If you were just in that locker room, it wasn't Mardi Gras."
-- Fitzgerald on the team's mood after the game, especially after giving up two touchdowns to Central Michigan in the game's final 7:30.
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