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Joe Gaziano breaks all-time Northwestern sacks record

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In the midst of a tough game, a well-deserved record for the Northwestern captain.

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The milestone has been reached.

Senior defensive end Joe Gaziano broke the all-time Northwestern sack record Saturday, earning career sack number 28.5 against Minnesota on Senior Day. Midway through the second quarter, Gaziano forced intentional grounding by Tanner Morgan, resulting in a safety to earn him the sack and the record.

The redshirt senior completed a full circle back to the start of his Northwestern career, as his first-ever sack was a safety against Michigan State on Brian Lewerke.

The 2019 captain broke Casey Dailey’s 28-sack record set back in 1997. This season alone, Gaziano has recorded 7.5 sacks and leads the team in the category by plenty.

The Massachusetts native has also charted 43 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick on the season.

Gaziano will be going pro after a disappointing team performance in his final season in Evanston, but Wildcat fans will always remember him fondly for his phenomenal Northwestern career. Now, he’s notched his name into the NU history books forever.