1948 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1948 Northwestern Wildcats football
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl vs. California, W 20-14
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #7
1948 record 8-2 (5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Voigts
Home stadium Dyche Stadium
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »
1948 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Michigan 6 0 0     9 0 0
#7 Northwestern 5 1 0     8 2 0
#16 Minnesota 5 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     3 6 0
Indiana 2 4 0     2 7 0
Illinois 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1948 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1948 college football season. The Wildcats won their first Rose Bowl in school history.

Season[edit]

Northwestern finished the season with an 8-2 record, losing only to perennial powerhouses Michigan, 28-0, and Notre Dame, 17-12.[1] Northwestern blanked UCLA, 19–0, Purdue, 21–0, and Syracuse, 48–0. NU rallied from three turnovers and a 16-point deficit to defeat Minnesota, 19–16, and beat Ohio State, 21–7, Wisconsin, 16–7, and Illinois, 20–7.[1] Big Nine Conference rules prevented conference champion Michigan from making a successive trip to face the Rose Bowl, so second-place Northwestern won the bid instead.

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Wildcats points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 25 @ UCLA Win 19 0 1-0
2 Oct. 2 Purdue Win 21 0 2-0
3 Oct. 9 Minnesota Win 19 16 3-0
4 Oct. 16 @ Michigan Loss 0 28 3-1
5 Oct. 23 Syracuse Win 48 0 4-1
6 Oct. 30 Ohio State Win 21 7 5-1
7 Nov. 6 Wisconsin Win 16 7 6-1
8 Nov. 13 @ Notre Dame Loss 7 12 6-2
9 Nov. 20 Illinois Win 20 7 7-2
10 Jan. 1 vs. California Win 20 14 8-2

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
George Sundheim Back 12 115 New York Giants

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Awards and honors[edit]

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