Quentin Williams tunes out the whispers he hears from Northwestern skeptics.
Beat Penn State on the road Saturday and the No. 24 Wildcats might take another step toward quieting the doubters and proving their 5-0 record is no fluke. Buoyed by its strong start, Northwestern (1-0 Big Ten) is supremely confident it can roll into Beaver Stadium and go toe-to-toe with surging Penn State (3-2, 1-0).
''I wasn't a big believer in wanting to do what people think you can't do,'' said Williams, a senior defensive end and Pittsburgh native returning to his home state Saturday.
Back in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the Wildcats are off to their third 5-0 start in the last five years. If coach Pat Fitzgerald's crew could get just one more win, they'll reach an even more impressive milestone for the program - the first 6-0 start in five decades.
Even linebacker David Nwabuisi wasn't sure initially how this year's start rated in the Northwestern record books.
''This is the first ti...