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1979 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1979 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Rick Venturi, the Wildcats compiled a 1–10 record (0–9 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

1979 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1979 record1–10 (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coachRick Venturi (2nd season)
CaptainKevin Berg[1]
CaptainMike Fiedler
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
No. 19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Kerrigan with 961 passing yards, Jeff Cohn with 426 rushing yards, and Todd Sheets with 614 receiving yards.[3]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 8at No. 7 MichiganL 7–49
September 15Wyoming*W 27–22
September 22Syracuse*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 21–54
September 29at MinnesotaL 8–38
October 6at No. 8 Ohio StateL 7–16
October 13Iowa
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 6–58
October 20at IndianaL 0–30
October 27at No. 16 PurdueL 16–20
November 3Michigan State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 7–42
November 10at WisconsinL 3–28
November 17Illinois
L 13–29
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1979 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Mike Kerrigan So
T 55 Phil Reitz Sr
T 75 Rob Taylor So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 80 Chris Hinton Fr
DT 74 Norm Wells Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Norm Wells Guard 12 330 Dallas Cowboys

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 148. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "1979 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "1979 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016.