Northwestern Wildcats football, 1950–59

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1950[edit]

1950 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1950 record 6-3 (3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Voigts
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 52,000)
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/6 Michigan 4 1 1     6 3 1
#14/10 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/20 Wisconsin 5 2 0     6 3 0
#13/11 Illinois 4 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 4 1     1 7 1
Indiana 1 4 0     3 5 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

In the battle for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, the Wildcats defeated the Fighting Illini.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 30 Iowa State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 23-13   38,473
October 7 at Navy* Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 22-0   12,000
October 14 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 13-6   45,000
October 21 Pittsburgh* #20 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 28-23   35,000
October 28 at Wisconsin #9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 13-14   45,000
November 4 #4 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 0-32   50,000
November 11 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 19-14   30,000
November 18 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 23-34   75,075
November 25 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 14-7   50,000
*Non-conference game.

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1951[edit]

1951 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1951 record 5-4 (2-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Voigts
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 52,000)
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Illinois 5 0 1     9 0 1
#NR/14 Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8/8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

In the battle for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, the Fighting Illini defeated the Wildcats.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 Colorado* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35-14   42,000
October 6 Army* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 20-14   40,000
October 13 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 21-7   51,915
October 20 Navy* #18 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 16-7   40,000
October 27 #14 Wisconsin #13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 0-41   50,000
November 3 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0-3   71,089
November 10 Purdue Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14-35   38,000
November 17 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 6-0   57,634
November 24 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 0-3   52,000
*Non-conference game.

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1952[edit]

1952 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1952 record 2-6-1 (2-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Voigts
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 52,000)
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
1952 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11/10 Wisconsin § 4 1 1     6 3 1
#18/12 Purdue § 4 1 1     4 3 2
#17/15 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

In the battle for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, the Wildcats defeated the Fighting Illini.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 26 at #16 USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 0-31   59,756
October 4 Vanderbilt* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL T 20-20   35,000
October 11 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 26-27   46,732
October 18 Michigan Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14-48   40,000
October 25 Indiana Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 23-13   30,000
November 1 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 21-24   35,000
November 8 at #18 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 20-24   52,131
November 15 Iowa Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14-39   40,000
November 22 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 28-26   41,214
*Non-conference game.

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1953[edit]

1953 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1953 record 3-6 (0-6 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan State § 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Illinois § 5 1 0     7 1 1
#15/14 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
#NR/20 Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
#20/19 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
#9/10 Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     3 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 26 Iowa State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35-0   37,960
October 3 Army* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 33-20   30,000
October 10 Minnesota #18 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 13-30   40,000
October 17 at #5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 12-20   64,420
October 25 Pittsburgh* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 27-21   28,000
October 31 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 13-27   80,562
November 7 Wisconsin Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 13-34   40,000
November 14 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 6-14   20,000
November 21 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 14-39   51,039
*Non-conference game.

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1954[edit]

1954 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1954 record 2-7 (1-5 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/2 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#9/10 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 2 0
#15/15 Michigan 5 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/20 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     5 3 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 6 0
Michigan State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 1 5 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 6 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 25 Iowa State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 27-14   32,056
October 2 #9 USC* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 7-12   30,725
October 9 at #18 Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 7-26   53,663
October 16 Michigan Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 0-7   32,972
October 23 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 7-14   28,862
October 30 #1 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 7-14   41,650
November 6 at #16 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 13-34   53,131
November 13 Indiana Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 13-14   25,856
November 20 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 20-7   39,186
*Non-conference game.

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1955[edit]

1955 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1955 record 0-8-1 (0-6-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Saban
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
1955 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Ohio State 6 0 0     7 2 0
#2/2 Michigan State 5 1 0     9 1 0
#12/13 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     5 3 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 0
Iowa 2 3 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 2 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 0 6 1     0 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


Future New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was an assistant coach to Lou Saban.[6] For the season, the Wildcats were winless, and Saban and his coaching staff were dismissed.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 24 Miami (OH)* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 14-25   35,000
October 1 at Tulane* Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA L 0-21   20,000
October 8 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 7-18   38,000
October 15 at #1 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 2-14   67,074
October 22 Indiana Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14-20   29,700
October 29 at #15 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0-49   82,214
November 5 Wisconsin Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14-41   40,000
November 12 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 8-46   27,000
November 19 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) T 7-7   35,000
*Non-conference game.

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1956[edit]

1956 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1956 record 4-4-1 (3-3-1 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Iowa 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/9 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9/10 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15/NR Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 Iowa State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 14-13   31,108
October 6 Tulane* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 13-20   32,000
October 13 at #17 Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN T 0-0   62,006
October 20 at #8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 20-34   81,718
October 27 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 13-19   23,000
November 3 #6 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 2-6   42,000
November 10 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 17-7   54,645
November 17 Purdue Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 14-0   32,000
November 24 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 14-13   40,000
*Non-conference game.

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1957[edit]

1957 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1957 record 0-9 (0-7 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »
1957 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/1 Ohio State 7 0 0     9 1 0
#3/3 Michigan State 5 1 0     8 1 0
#6/5 Iowa 4 1 1     7 1 1
#19/15 Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 3 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 4 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 7 0     0 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 28 at Stanford* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 6-26   19,000
October 5 #9 Oregon State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 13-22   34,500
October 12 #4 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 6-41   38,000
October 19 at #18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 14-34   71,513
October 26 Iowa Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 0-6   42,719
November 2 at #8 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 6-47   79,635
November 9 Wisconsin Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 12-41   32,250
November 16 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 0-27   32,507
November 23 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 0-27   27,017
*Non-conference game.

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1958[edit]

1958 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1958 record 5-4 (3-4 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Iowa 5 1 0     8 1 1
#7/6 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
#8/7 Ohio State 4 1 2     6 1 2
#13/11 Purdue 3 1 2     6 1 2
Indiana 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 4 3 0     4 5 0
#NR/17 Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 1 5 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     1 8 0
Michigan State 0 5 1     3 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 27 Washington State* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 29-28   27,500
October 4 Stanford* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 28-0   25,132
October 11 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 7-3   56,061
October 18 #19 Michigan #17 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 55-24   34,852
October 25 at #7 Iowa #8 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 20-26   59,275
November 1 #5 Ohio State #11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 21-0   51,102
November 8 at #7 Wisconsin #4 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 13-17   62,964
November 15 #8 Purdue #13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 6-23   38,421
November 22 at Illinois #20 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 20-27   32,390
*Non-conference game.

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1959[edit]

1959 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten
1959 record 6-3 (4-3 Big Ten)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
1959 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 3 0
#NR/16 Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
#13/12 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 26 #2 Oklahoma* #10 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 45-13   50,010
October 3 at #5 Iowa #2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 14-10   59,200
October 10 Minnesota #2 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 6-0   41,211
October 17 at Michigan #2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20-7   68,393
October 24 at Notre Dame* #2 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN W 30-24   59,078
October 31 Indiana #2 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 30-13   41,296
November 7 #9 Wisconsin #2 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 19-24   55,282
November 14 at #19 Michigan State #6 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 10-15   52,628
November 21 at Illinois #8 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 0-28   65,697
*Non-conference game.

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