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Northwestern Wildcats football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Northwestern Wildcats
NCAA-Big 10-Northwestern Wildcats main logo NCAA-Big 10-Northwestern Wildcats Helmet
First season 1882
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
14th year, 96–71 (.575)
Home stadium Ryan Field
Stadium capacity 47,130
Stadium surface Natural grass
Location Evanston, Illinois
Conference Big 10 Conference
Division West
All-time history
Northwestern Wildcats Historical Teams
1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021
All-time record 535–660–44 (.450)
Postseason bowl record 5–10 (.333)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 8 (1903, 1926, 1930, 1931,

1936, 1995, 1996, 2000)

Division titles 1 (2018)
Rivalries Illinois Fighting Illini (rivalry)
Notre Dame (rivalry)
Current uniform
NCAA-Big 10-Northwestern Wildcats Uniforms
Colors Purple, White, Gray, and Black

                             

Fight song Go U Northwestern
Mascot Willie the Wildcat
Marching band Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band
Outfitter Under Armour
Website nusports.com
The Northwestern Wildcats football team represents Northwestern University located in Evanston, Illinois.The Wildcats are a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Ryan Field in Evanston. The Wildcats are currently coached by Pat Fitzgerald.

Brief historyEdit

Football made its debut at Northwestern University on February 22, 1876 during an exhibition game between NU students and the Chicago Football Club.[1] Despite the fact that there was no organized league, there was a growing interest for football on Northwestern's campus.[1][2] Until Northwestern's first intercollegiate game against Lake Forest in 1882, football was played entirely as an intramural sport.[2] From 1882 to 1887, the team mostly practiced and did not play teams outside of NU.[3] In 1891, with the popularity of football increasing, Sheppard Field—complete with a grandstand—was built at Northwestern and dedicated in 1892.[4] Also in 1892, the university chose royal purple as the school's official color, and the team recorded its first significant win, beating Michigan 10–8.[5] In 1896, along with six other schools, Northwestern became a charter member of the Western Conference, the predecessor of the Big Ten. NU's first conference season was a huge success, posting a 46–6 win against then-powerhouse University of Chicago and finished second to Wisconsin.[4]

The Wildcats have won three Big Ten championships or co-championships since 1995, and have been "bowl eligible" (a status that requires at least a .500 regular-season record) in six out of the last seven seasons. Northwestern consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rate among football teams, having received the AFCA Academic Achievement Award four times since 2002.[6] The Wildcats play their home games at Ryan Field (formerly Dyche Stadium) in Evanston, Illinois, since 1926.

Logos/Helmets/Jerseys Edit

Image GalleryEdit

Seasons Edit

2020s Edit

Season Coach Record
2021
2020

2010s Edit

Season Coach Record
2019 Pat Fitzgerald
2018 Pat Fitzgerald 9-5
2017 Pat Fitzgerald 10-3
2016 Pat Fitzgerald 7-6
2015 Pat Fitzgerald 10-3
2014 Pat Fitzgerald 5-7
2013 Pat Fitzgerald 5-7
2012 Pat Fitzgerald 10-3
2011 Pat Fitzgerald 6-7
2010 Pat Fitzgerald 7-6

2000s Edit

Season Coach Record
2009 Pat Fitzgerald 8-5
2008 Pat Fitzgerald 9-4
2007 Pat Fitzgerald 6-6
2006 Pat Fitzgerald 4-8
2005 Randy Walker 7-5
2004 Randy Walker 6-6
2003 Randy Walker 6-7
2002 Randy Walker 3-9
2001 Randy Walker 4-7
2000 Randy Walker 8-4

1990s Edit

Season Coach Record
1999 Randy Walker 3-8
1998 Gary Barnett 3-9
1997 Gary Barnett 5-7
1996 Gary Barnett 9-3
1995 Gary Barnett 10-2
1994 Gary Barnett 4-6-1
1993 Gary Barnett 2-9
1992 Gary Barnett 3-8
1991 Francis Peay 3-8
1990 Francis Peay 2-9

1980sEdit

Season Coach Record
1989 Francis Peay 0-11
1988 Francis Peay 2-8-1
1987 Francis Peay 2-8-1
1986 Francis Peay 4-7
1985 Dennis Green 3-8
1984 Dennis Green 2-9
1983 Dennis Green 2-9
1982 Dennis Green 3-8
1981 Dennis Green 0-11
1980 Rick Venturi 0-11

1970sEdit

Season Coach Record
1979 Rick Venturi 1-10
1978 Rick Venturi 0-10-1
1977 John Pont 1-10
1976 John Pont 1-10
1975 John Pont 3-8
1974 John Pont 3-8
1973 John Pont 4-7
1972 Alex Agase 2-9
1971 Alex Agase 7-4
1970 Alex Agase 6-4

1960sEdit

Season Coach Record
1969 Alex Agase 3-7
1968 Alex Agase 1-9
1967 Alex Agase 3-7
1966 Alex Agase 3-6-1
1965 Alex Agase 4-6
1964 Alex Agase 3-6
1963 Ara Parseghian 5-4
1962 Ara Parseghian 7-2
1961 Ara Parseghian 4-5
1960 Ara Parseghian 5-4

1950sEdit

Season Coach Record
1959 Ara Parseghian 6-3
1958 Ara Parseghian 5-4
1957 Ara Parseghian 0-9
1956 Ara Parseghian 4-4-1
1955 Lou Saban 0-8-1
1954 Bob Voigts 2-7
1953 Bob Voigts 3-6
1952 Bob Voigts 2-6-1
1951 Bob Voigts 5-4
1950 Bob Voigts 6-3

1940sEdit

Season Coach Record
1949 Bob Voigts 4-5
1948 Bob Voigts 8-2
1947 Bob Voigts 3-6
1946 Pappy Waldorf 4-4-1
1945 Pappy Waldorf 4-4-1
1944 Pappy Waldorf 1-7-1
1943 Pappy Waldorf 6-2
1942 Pappy Waldorf 1-9
1941 Pappy Waldorf 5-3
1940 Pappy Waldorf 6-2

1930sEdit

Season Coach Record
1939 Pappy Waldorf 3-4-1
1938 Pappy Waldorf 4-2-2
1937 Pappy Waldorf 4-4
1936 Pappy Waldorf 7-1
1935 Pappy Waldorf 4-3-1
1934 Dick Hanley 3-5
1933 Dick Hanley 1-5-2
1932 Dick Hanley 3-4-1
1931 Dick Hanley 7-1-1
1930 Dick Hanley 7-1

Notable AlumniEdit

  • Otto Graham - former Cleveland Browns QB
  • Pat Fitzgerald - current Northwestern coach

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Larry LaTourette (2005). Northwestern Wildcat Football. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harold F. Williamson and Payson S. Wild (1976). Northwestern University: A History, 1850-1975. Northwestern University Press. p. 62. 
  3. LaTourette, p. 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 Williamson and Wild, p. 93
  5. LaTourette, p. 12
  6. Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.) Receive 2009 Academic Achievement Award. AFCA. Retrieved on September 2, 2010.

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