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

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.

"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.

Pat Fitzgerald refers to his team as the “Fighting Rece Davises” after the win over Wisconsin, in response to ESPN’s Joey Galloway saying earlier in the week that Northwestern “has a bunch of Rece Davises running around.” pic.twitter.com/P7CLfYHkdd

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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." 

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

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