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Northwestern credits ESPN analyst Joey Galloway's comments for helping fuel victory against Wisconsin

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No. 13-ranked Northwestern upended Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Saturday thanks to a little extra motivation from ESPN analyst Joey Galloway.

On Tuesday's broadcast of "College Football Playoff Top 25," Galloway offered these thoughts about the unbeaten Wildcats: "Honestly, they've got a bunch of Rece Davises running around out there," he said, jokingly referring to the limited athletic abilities of the show's host. 

"High-level athletes, huh?" laughed Davis.

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"Yeah, very athletic, Rece," Galloway replied sarcastically. "That's why I said that."

Sure enough, Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin 17-7 and coach Pat Fitzgerald made a point to mention Galloway in his postgame interview on ESPN.

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Several of the players could be heard in the background of the interview calling themselves the "Fighting Rece Davises" as they ran off the field. 

Fitzgerald said he hoped Galloway would continue to disparage them going forward.

"I mean, that really ticked guys off, I'm not gonna lie to you," he said to ESPN after the game. "It was, I thought, incredibly disrespectful. I just talked to the guys about putting fuel in their engine, man. Just use that as fuel in the engine and just go out and play the way we're capable." 

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Northwestern defensive back Brandon Joseph (16) celebrates an interception on Saturday against Wisconsin. © David Banks, USA TODAY SportsNorthwestern defensive back Brandon Joseph (16) celebrates an interception on Saturday against Wisconsin.

After going 3-9 last season, Northwestern is currently 5-0 and in first place in the Big Ten West.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Northwestern credits ESPN analyst Joey Galloway's comments for helping fuel victory against Wisconsin

22. marraskuuta 2020 21:39:28 Categories: USA TODAY SPORTS

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