Murf's 'Mote: Fiedorowicz looks to continue streak against Purdue

Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:


College football: Iowa at Purdue, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN

Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (Johnsburg graduate) looks to get the Hawkeyes to their sixth win of the season and help Iowa become bowl-eligible.

Fiedorowicz caught one pass last weekend against Wisconsin to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 27. Fiedorowicz has 77 catches for 337 yards over the past 27 games, and has made all eight career touchdown catches during the streak.

Fiedorowicz has seven receptions for 48 yards in two career meetings against Purdue. He also has a touchdown reception in each game.

College football: Illinois at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN

McHenry graduate Jake Howe has started all eight games on the defensive line this season for the Illini. The Illini have lost 18 straight conference games. Tim Clary, a Richmond-Burton graduate and sophomore fullback for the Illini, is also on the roster. Drew Nystrom, a Prairie Ridge graduate, is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach on offense for the Illini.

College football: BYU at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN

Jon Budmayr, a Marian Central graduate, is a student coach for Wisconsin this season.

Island Lake native Jake Ziolkowski plays for BYU.

Women’s college soccer: Big 10 Conference, championship, Iowa vs. Nebraska/Indiana, at Champaign, 1 p.m. Sunday, BTN

The winner of the this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Jacobs graduate Kylie Dennison is a freshman midfielder for the Hawkeyes.

Women’s college soccer: Big East Conference, championship, Marquette/St. John’s vs. Georgetown/DePaul at Milwaukee, 1 p.m., FS1

The winner of this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Cary-Grove graduate Erin Holland is a freshman midfielder/defender for Marquette.

Women’s college soccer: Missouri Valley Conference, championships, Drake/Indiana State vs. Illinois State/Evansville, at Evansville, Ind., 4 p.m. (tape-delayed), Sunday, CSN

The winner of this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Crystal Lake South graduate Emily Schoenfeldt is a freshman defender for Illinois State. Huntley graduate Alyse Williams is a redshirt sophomore defender for Illinois State.

NFL: Dallas at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Paige Elaine of West Dundee is in her first season with the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleading squad.


NFL: Detroit at Bears, noon Sunday, Fox

Are you Team Jay or Team Josh?

Bears quarterback Josh McCown made the right plays, especially in the fourth quarter and didn’t throw an interception against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

Jay Cutler says he will be healthy and will play against Detroit. That’s all fine and dandy, but I’ve seen enough interceptions and fumbles returned for touchdowns, courtesy of Cutler’s handiwork. He doesn’t need to rush back to work.

Will Bears coach Marc Trestman start Cutler or McCown? For now, I’m supporting Team Josh.


Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals, semifinal, at London, 8 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2

You should be guaranteed some quality, high-level tennis as the top eight male tennis players are competing.


Soccer: Women’s national teams, exhibition, United States vs. Brazil, at Orlando, Fla., 2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

A victory against Brazil would give the USA its second undefeated year in which it has played double figures in matches. The first was 2006, when the team went 18-0-4.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Northwest Herald coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at

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