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Fitz not pleased with second half defense, kickoff return

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Pat Fitzgerald was thrilled with his offense's record-setting day, but he was less than pleased with a defense that allowed four second-half touchdown in Saturday's 44-29 win over Indiana at Ryan Field.

The Wildcats led 20-0 at the break but were outscored 29-24 in the second half.

"We talked about it at halftime, the game being 0-0 and we had to go out and win the second half," Fitzgerald said. "We failed miserably."

Indiana made several big plays in the passing game despite Northwestern defensive backs being in position. In each case, it was a Hoosier player that came down with the jump ball, as was also the case in a season-opening win over Syracuse. 

103 of Indiana's 159 rushing yards and 179 of its 266 passing yards came in the second half.

"They caught us in some things where we weren't where we should have been in certain situations," linebacker Damien Proby said.

Fitzgerald was also disgusted by his kickoff coverage team's performance on Tevin Coleman's 96-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. He said he would make personnel changes if he wasn't satisfied with what he sees when he watches the tape.

"I promise you we'll get that shored up," he said. "We knew what they were going to do, they did it and we didn't execute."

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