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Northwestern to wear special unis tonight

The alternative uniform trend has reached Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats will sport special uniforms and helmets for tonight's game against No. 21 Penn State. The Adidas uniforms feature purple jerseys and purple pants with black numbers outlined in white. The jerseys look a bit like what TCU wears, and the numbers give the getup a different flavor as Northwestern's usual home jerseys have white numbers.

Northwestern also will shelve its normal helmets for gray ones with no "N" and the numbers on the sides.

This is a one-time-only look.

Will the new threads help Northwestern end its four-game slide? Find out a bit later.

Penn State will don its traditional all-white roadies for the game.