As has become the norm this season, the Northwestern Wildcats announced yesterday via their Twitter account the uniform combination they’ll be wearing at Nebraska this weekend, and if you thought the look was similar to the last time NU took a trip to the home of the Huskers, you weren’t mistaken.
Combo vs. the Cornhuskers #GoCats | @coachfitz51 pic.twitter.com/AJHNbMwjTy— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 30, 2021
As was noted by Washington Post editor and Northwestern uniform expert Ella Brockway, the ‘Cats are 3-1 in this particular combo of NU’s signature white road jersey and its black helmet and pants, which last saw the field in last year’s Northwestern victory at Purdue. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this set’s history is the fact that the only time the Wildcats wore it in defeat was their last trip to Lincoln, when they lost to UNL 13-10 on a last-second field goal.
In addition to the typical uniform announcement tweet, NU also announced that as a part of numerous measures it is taking in partnership with Hilinski’s Hope in commemoration of Mental Health Week, it would wear decals on the back of its helmets featuring a green ribbon with the number three on it. The decals are a nod to Tyler Hilinski — the former Washington State quarterback and brother to current Northwestern starting QB Ryan — who took his own life in January of 2018.
The program will also be wearing @HilinskisHope decals in support of College Football Mental Health Week.— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 30, 2021
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Northwestern takes on Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.