1995 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1995 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl vs. USC, L 32–41
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #8
1995 record 10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Barnett
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 49,256)
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »
1995 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Northwestern 8 0 0     10 2 0
#6/8 Ohio State 7 1 0     11 2 0
#13/12 Penn State 5 3 0     9 3 0
#17/19 Michigan 5 3 0     9 4 0
Michigan State 4 3 1     6 5 1
#25/22 Iowa 4 4 0     8 4 0
Illinois 3 4 1     5 5 1
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 5 2
Purdue 2 5 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1995 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A college football season.

Season[edit]

Northwestern finished the season with a 10–2 record. Under head coach Gary Barnett, the trio of quarterback Steve Schnur, running back Darnell Autry, and linebacker Pat Fitzgerald lead the Wildcats to a dramatic turnaround for the program. "Expect Victory" was the motto even as Northwestern began the season as 28-point underdogs. A shocking 17–15 season-opening win over heavily favored Notre Dame, along with wins over Michigan, 19–13, and Penn State, 21–10, catapulted the team into the national spotlight and made them media darlings. Northwestern achieved a ranking of #3 in the nation and won the Big Ten Conference title. They faced off against USC in the Rose Bowl where the Wildcats' Cinderella season came to an abrupt halt with a 41–32 loss.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:30 PM at #9 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 17–15   59,075
September 16 11:00 AM Miami (OH)* #25 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 28–30   26,352
September 23 11:30 AM Air Force* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN W 30–6   26,037
September 30 1:00 PM Indiana Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 31–7   29,223
October 7 11:30 AM at #7 Michigan #25 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN W 19–13   104,642
October 14 1:00 PM at Minnesota #14 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 27–17   50,504
October 21 11:30 AM #24 Wisconsindagger #11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 35–0   49,256
October 28 11:00 AM at Illinois #8 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL SCC W 17–14   65,425
November 4 2:30 PM #12 Penn State #6 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ABC W 21–10   49,256
November 11 11:00 AM Iowa #5 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN+ W 31–20   49,256
November 18 2:30 PM at Purdue #5 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 23–8   47,172
January 1 3:30 PM vs. #17 USC* #3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 32–41   100,102
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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1995 team players in the NFL[edit]

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