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2010 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2010 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the Big Ten during the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his fifth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. The annual rivalry game against the University of Illinois was played at Wrigley Field on November 20.

2010 Northwestern Wildcats football
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ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2010 record7–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (5th as HC) (9th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (3rd season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
CaptainDan Persa
CaptainAl Netter
CaptainQuentin Davie
CaptainCorbin Bryant
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Wisconsin $+   7 1         11 2  
No. 14 Michigan State +   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
No. 5 Ohio State %   0* 1         0* 1  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12–1, 7–1) in the 2010 season are vacated
Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The Wildcats finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in Big Ten play and was invited to the inaugural TicketCity Bowl where they were defeated by Texas Tech 38–45.

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

Last season, the Wildcats finished the season 8–5 (5–3 in Big Ten play) and lost in the Outback Bowl 35–38 in overtime against Auburn.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 46:30 PMat Vanderbilt*CSNCW 23–2137,210[3]
September 1111:00 AMIllinois State*BTNW 37–325,471[4]
September 186:00 PMat Rice*W 30–1315,562[5]
September 2511:00 AMCentral Michigan*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 30–2530,075[6]
October 211:00 AMat MinnesotaESPNW 29–2849,228[7]
October 96:30 PMPurdue
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 17–2033,847[8]
October 2311:00 AMNo. 8 Michigan State 
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNL 27–3541,115[9]
October 3011:00 AMat IndianaBTNW 20–1737,818[10]
November 62:30 PMat Penn StateABC/ESPN2L 21–35104,147[11]
November 1311:00 AMNo. 13 Iowa
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNW 21–1747,130[12]
November 202:30 PMvs. IllinoisESPNUL 27–4841,058[13]
November 272:30 PMat No. 5 WisconsinABC/ESPNL 23–7080,011[14]
January 111:00 AMvs. Texas Tech*ESPNUL 38–4540,121[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Regular seasonEdit

VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 0 7 6 23
Commodores 0 9 6 6 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[16]
0–1–1 1952 Tie, 20–20

Illinois StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 3 0 0 0 3
Wildcats 14 16 0 7 37
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
First Meeting

RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 10 14 3 30
Owls 0 3 3 7 13
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
1–4 1998 NU, 23–14

Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 6 7 0 12 25
Wildcats 6 7 10 7 30
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
First Meeting

MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 0 6 9 29
Golden Gophers 7 14 0 7 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
30–50–5 2009 Minn, 35–24

PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0 10 3 7 20
#25 Wildcats 7 3 7 0 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
27–49–1 2009 NU, 27–21

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Spartans 0 7 7 21 35
Wildcats 7 10 7 3 27
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[21]
16–34 2009 MSU, 24–14

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 7 3 20
Hoosiers 3 7 0 7 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
43–34–1 2009 NU, 29–28

Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 14 0 0 21
Nittany Lions 0 7 21 7 35
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
3–10 2009 PSU, 34–13

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 3 14 0 17
Wildcats 7 0 0 14 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[24]
22–46–3 2009 NU, 17–10

Northwestern won a thriller by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats led in the first two periods, but the Hawkeyes scored twice to take the lead in the third quarter.

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 21 6 7 14 48
#25 Wildcats 14 10 0 3 27
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
46–52–5 2009 NU, 21–16

The Wildcats, one week after upsetting a ranked Iowa team, fell flat in Wrigley Field, losing 48-27 to the Fighting Illini. Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure ran wild on Northwestern's defense for 330 yards on 33 carries (for an average of 10.0 yards per carry), with a pair of touchdowns. The loss snapped a two game Northwestern winning streak over Illinois and sealed a bowl berth for Illinois, regardless of the outcome of their season finale against Fresno State next week. Northwestern falls to 3-4 in Big Ten play and 7-4 overall. The Wildcats face the 10-1 Wisconsin Badgers next week in Camp Randall Stadium, where they have not won since the 2000 season.

WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 14 6 0 23
#5 Badgers 14 35 21 0 70
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[26]
33–55–5 2009 NU, 33–31

TicketCity BowlEdit

Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 6 18 14 38
Red Raiders 10 14 14 7 45
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
First Meeting

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 Final 
AP NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV NR RV NR NR NR NR 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV NR 25 RV NR NR NR 
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

RosterEdit

2010 Northwestern Wildcats roster[27][28]

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 4 Adonis Smith – Freshman
  • 19 Arby Fields – Sophomore
  • 20 Scott Concannon – Junior
  • 25 Stephen Simmons – Senior
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Freshman
  • 29 Mike Trumpy –   Freshman
  • 34 Tyris Jones – Sophomore
  • 39 Jacob Schmidt – Junior

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Lee Coleman – Senior
  • 5 Sidney Stewart – Senior
  • 6 Charles Brown – Junior
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Sophomore
  • 11 Jeremy Ebert – Junior
  • 12 Tony Jones – Freshman
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Freshman
  • 80 Mike Jensen –   Freshman
  • 81 Jimmy Hall – Freshman
  • 83 Jaleel Reed –   Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton –   Freshman
  • 85 Venric MarkFreshman
  • 86 Brendan Barber – Sophomore
  • 88 Torin Dupper – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 9 Drake DunsmoreJunior
  • 40 Brett Nagel – Sophomore
  • 45 Aaron Nagel - Junior
  • 47 Christian Flores – Freshman
  • 82 John Plasencia –   Freshman
  • 89 Josh Rooks – Senior
 

Offensive Line

  • 52 Evan Luxenburg – Sophomore
  • 62 Taylor Paxton –   Freshman
  • 63 Keegan Grant – Senior
  • 64 Doug Bartels – Junior
  • 65 Ben Burkett – Junior
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Freshman
  • 68 Hayden Baker – Freshman
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Sophomore
  • 72 Brian Mulroe – Sophomore
  • 73 Colin Armstrong – Junior
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Sophomore
  • 75 Al Netter (C)Junior
  • 76 Brian Smith –   Freshman
  • 78 Paul Jorgensen – Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Sophomore

Defensive Line

  • 42 Kevin Watt – Junior
  • 55 Bo Cisek – Sophomore
  • 60 Jake Gregus –   Freshman
  • 61 Andrew Struckmeyer – Junior
  • 67 Sean McEvilly – Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams – Sophomore
  • 90 Jack DiNardo – Junior
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt – Sophomore
  • 92 Will Hampton – Freshman
  • 93 Niko Mafuli – Junior
  • 94 Vince Browne – Junior
  • 95 Davon Custis –   Freshman
  • 96 Anthony Battle –   Freshman
  • 97 Tyler Scott –   Freshman
  • 98 Corbin Bryant (C)Senior
  • 99 Chance Carter – Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Stone Pinckney – Sophomore
  • 33 David Nwabuisi – Sophomore
  • 35 Ben Johnson – Junior
  • 41 Quentin Davie (C)Senior
  • 43 Tim Riley –   Freshman
  • 44 Nate Williams – Senior
  • 46 Damien Proby –   Freshman
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Sophomore
  • 50 Timmy Vernon –   Freshman
  • 51 Bryce McNaul – Junior
  • 53 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Freshman
  • 54 Collin Ellis – Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien –   Freshman
  • 57 Luke Reppe – Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 15 Daniel Jones – Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim CampbellFreshman
  • 36 Mike Eshun – Freshman
  • 39 Joe Cannon – Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Jeravin Matthews – Junior
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Freshman
  • 20 Tim Weak – Sophomore
  • 21 Mike Bolden – Junior
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Sophomore
  • 26 Jordan MabinJunior
  • 28 Justan Vaughn – Senior
  • 38 James Kurzawski – Sophomore
  • 47 Ricky Weina – Junior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Sophomore
  • 10 Brian Peters – Junior
  • 16 Davion Fleming –   Freshman
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Sophomore
  • 32 David Arnold – Junior
  • 49 Scott Lilja – Senior
 

Punters

  • 1 Stefan Demos – Senior
  • 49 Brandon Williams –   Freshman

Kickers

  • 1 Stefan Demos – Senior
  • 34 Steve Flaherty – Sophomore
  • 37 Jeff Budzien –   Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 58 John Henry Pace – Senior
  • 59 Pat Hickey –   Freshman
Head coach
Coordinators/Assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates – Linebackers Coach
  • Jerry Brown – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
  • Adam Cushing – Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coach
  • Mike Hankwitz – Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
  • Bob Heffner – Superbacks Coach
  • Kevin Johns – Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coach
  • Marty Long – Defensive Line Coach
  • Matt MacPherson – Running Backs Coach
  • Mick McCall – Offensive Coordinator/QB's Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Redshirt

Depth chartEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference Standings - 2010". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Rankings - Week 16". ESPN. December 7, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores Box Score". ESPN. September 4, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois State Redbirds Box Score". ESPN. September 11, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs Rice Owls Box Score". ESPN. September 18, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs Central Michigan Chippewas Box Score". ESPN. September 25, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Minnesota Golden Gophers Box Score". ESPN. October 2, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN. October 9, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats Box Score". ESPN. October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Indiana Hoosiers Box Score". ESPN. October 30, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Penn State Nittany Lions Box Score". ESPN. November 6, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  12. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Box Score". ESPN. November 13, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  13. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. November 20, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  14. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Wisconsin Badgers Box Score". ESPN. November 27, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  15. ^ "Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Northwestern Wildcats Box Score". ESPN. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
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