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2008 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2008 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the Big Ten Conference during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his third season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats played their homes games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

2008 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Alamo Bowl, L 23–30 OT vs. Missouri
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2008 record9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (3rd as HC) (7th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (1st season)
CaptainC.J. Bachér[1]
CaptainPrince Kwateng
CaptainEric Peterman
CaptainBrendan Smith
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Penn State $+   7 1         11 2  
No. 9 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Michigan State   6 2         9 4  
Northwestern   5 3         9 4  
No. 20 Iowa   5 3         9 4  
Wisconsin   3 5         7 6  
Minnesota   3 5         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The 2007 team finished the season with a win-loss record of 6–6 and did not receive a bowl invitation.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3011:00 AM[2]Syracuse*ESPN2[2]W 30–1020,015[3]
September 66:00 PM[4]at Duke*W 24–2023,614[3]
September 1311:00 AM[2]Southern Illinois*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTN[2]W 33–719,062[3]
September 2011:00 AM[2]Ohio*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTN[2]W 16–822,069[3]
September 2711:00 AM[5]at IowaESPNC[6]W 22–1770,585[3]
October 112:30 PM[6]No. 23 Michigan State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2[6]L 20–3732,527[3]
October 1811:00 AM[5]Purdue 
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2[5]W 48–2627,163[3]
October 2511:00 AM[5]at IndianaBTN[5]L 19–2130,698[3]
November 111:00 AM[5]at No. 20 MinnesotaESPN2[6]W 24–1754,122[3]
November 811:00 AM[6]No. 12 Ohio State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2[6]L 10–4547,130[3]
November 1511:00 AM[6]at MichiganESPN2W 21–14107,856[3]
November 222:30 PM[6]Illinois
BTNW 27–1032,166[3]
December 297:00 PMvs. No. 25 MissouriNo. 22ESPNL 23–30 OT55,986[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

SyracuseEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 3 0 7 0 10
Wildcats 0 9 14 7 30

DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 10 0 7 24
Blue Devils 7 3 3 7 20

Southern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Salukis 7 0 0 0 7
Wildcats 6 10 10 7 33

OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 0 8 0 8
Wildcats 6 10 0 0 16

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 6 6 22
Hawkeyes 3 14 0 0 17

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 17 7 10 3 37
Wildcats 0 7 10 3 20

PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 6 6 0 14 26
Wildcats 0 24 10 14 48

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 6 10 0 19
Hoosiers 7 7 7 0 21

MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 7 0 7 24
Golden Gophers 0 17 0 0 17

Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 7 17 7 14 45
Wildcats 7 0 3 0 10

MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 14 0 21
Wolverines 7 7 0 0 14

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 7 3 10
Wildcats 6 7 3 11 27

Alamo Bowl, v. MissouriEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Tigers 0 10 10 37 30
Wildcats 7 3 13 00 23

RankingsEdit


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 24 22 RV 
Coaches NR NR RV RV RV RV 22 RV 24 RV 25 RV 24 20 22 20 RV 
Harris Not released 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 22 21 Not released 
BCS Not released 22 NR 24 NR NR 24 22 23 Not released

StatisticsEdit

TeamEdit

Team Opp
Scoring    
  Points per Game    
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarterEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 52 100 80 62 294
Opponents 64 78 49 41 232

OffenseEdit

RushingEdit

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
TEAM                  
Total                  
Opponents                  

PassingEdit

Name CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
C. J. Bachér 218 365 2128 59.7 5.83 53 14 14 9 113.68
Mike Kafka 32 46 330 69.6 7.17 36 2 3 6 131.13
Eric Peterman 2 2 55 100.0 27.50 30 1 0 0 496.0
Total 252 413 2513 61.0 6.08 53 17 17 15 116.9
Opponents                  

ReceivingEdit

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

DefenseEdit

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teamsEdit

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2018. p. 93. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Kickoff Times Announced For NU's First Three Home Games". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cumulative Season Statistics". Northwestern University Department of athletics. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Kickoff Times Set For Duke's First Three Football Games". Duke University Department of Athletics. June 3, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Big Ten Announces Start Times for 2008 Homecoming Games". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. May 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Northwestern Official Athletics Site". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. September 29, 2008. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2008.