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2013 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2013 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his eighth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference.

2013 Northwestern Wildcats football
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionLegends Division
2013 record5–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (8th as HC) (12th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (6th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (6th season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
CaptainKain Colter[1]
CaptainRashad Lawrence
CaptainDamien Proby
CaptainTyler Scott
Brandon Vitabile
Home stadiumRyan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
No. 3 Michigan State x$   8 0         13 1  
Iowa   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   1 7         5 7  
Leaders Division
No. 12 Ohio State x%   8 0         12 2  
No. 22 Wisconsin   6 2         9 4  
Penn State*   4 4         7 5  
Indiana   3 5         5 7  
Illinois   1 7         4 8  
Purdue   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Wildcats won their first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl against California by defeating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl 34–20.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Northwestern
Alma Mater
Pat Fitzgerald Head Coach 8 Northwestern (1996)
Mick McCall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 6 Southern Colorado (1978)
Mike Hankwitz Defensive Coordinator 6 Michigan (1970)
Randy Bates Linebackers 7 Ohio State (1983)
Jerry Brown Defensive Backs/Assistant Head Coach 20 Northwestern (1972)
Adam Cushing Offensive Line 3 Chicago (2002)
Bob Heffner Superbacks 4 Temple (1979)
Marty Long Defensive Line 4 The Citadel (1986)
Matt MacPherson Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator 7 DePauw (1993)
Dennis Springer Wide Receivers 2 Butler (1993)
Reference:[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 319:30 PMat California*No. 22ESPN2W 44–3058,816
September 75:00 PMSyracuse*No. 19BTNW 48–2738,033
September 148:00 PMWestern Michigan*No. 17
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 38–1733,128
September 212:30 PMMaine*No. 18
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 35–2132,726
October 57:00 PMNo. 4 Ohio State No. 16
ABCL 30–4047,330
October 122:30 PMat WisconsinNo. 19ABC/ESPN2L 6–3581,411
October 1911:00 AMMinnesota
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2L 17–2036,578
October 2611:00 AMat IowaBTNL 10–17 OT66,838
November 22:30 PMat NebraskaBTNL 24–2791,140
November 163:30 PMMichigan
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 19–27 3OT47,330
November 2311:00 AMNo. 13 Michigan State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNL 6–3040,013
November 302:30 PMat IllinoisBTNW 37–3437,058
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

[3]

Game summariesEdit

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Wildcats 7 10 10 17 44
Golden Bears 7 3 14 6 30

SyracuseEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 0 7 6 14 27
#19 Wildcats 10 24 0 14 48

Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 0 17
#17 Wildcats 0 24 7 7 38

MaineEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 0 0 7 14 21
#18 Wildcats 7 7 7 14 35

Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Buckeyes 10 3 7 20 40
#16 Wildcats 7 13 3 7 30

For the first time since November 11, 1995, ESPN's College GameDay was broadcast from Evanston prior to the game.[4]

WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Wildcats 3 3 0 0 6
Badgers 7 14 7 7 35

MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 7 7 6 20
Wildcats 7 0 0 10 17

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Wildcats 0 0 7 30 10
Hawkeyes 7 3 0 07 17

NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 7 0 3 24
Cornhuskers 7 7 7 6 27

MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
Wolverines 3 0 0 6738 27
Wildcats 3 3 3 0730 19

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Spartans 0 14 9 7 30
Wildcats 3 3 0 0 6

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 10 3 14 37
Fighting Illini 0 17 10 7 34

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 22 19 17 18 17 16 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches 22 20 16 16 16 15 18 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2018. p. 94. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Coaches". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "2013 Northwestern Football Schedule". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Ecker, Danny (September 29, 2013). "ESPN's 'College GameDay' Coming to Evanston for Lakefront Broadcast". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved September 30, 2013.