2008 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2008 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Alamo Bowl, L 23-30 OT vs. Missouri
Conference Big Ten Conference
2008 record 9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8/8 Penn State §   0* 1         0* 2  
#9/11 Ohio State §   7 1         10 3  
#24/24 Michigan State   6 2         9 4  
Northwestern   5 3         9 4  
#20/20 Iowa   5 3         9 4  
Wisconsin   3 5         7 6  
Minnesota   3 5         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Penn State (11-2, 7-1) vacated due to scandal.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 2008 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the Big Ten during the 2008–2009 college football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his third season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats played their homes games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

Previous season[edit]

The 2007 team finished the season with a win-loss record of 6-6 and did not receive a bowl invitation.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:00 AM[1] Syracuse* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2[1] W 30–10   20,015[2]
September 6 6:00 PM[3] at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 24–20   23,614[2]
September 13 11:00 AM[1] Southern Illinois* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN[1] W 33–7   19,062[2]
September 20 11:00 AM[1] Ohio* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN[1] W 16–8   22,069[2]
September 27 11:00 AM[4] at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPNC[5] W 22–17   70,585[2]
October 11 2:30 PM[5] #23 Michigan State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2[5] L 20–37   32,527[2]
October 18 11:00 AM[4] Purduedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2[4] W 48–26   27,163[2]
October 25 11:00 AM[4] at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN[4] L 19–21   30,698[2]
November 1 11:00 AM[4] at #20 Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ESPN2[5] W 24–17   54,122[2]
November 8 11:00 AM[5] #12 Ohio State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2[5] L 10–45   47,130[2]
November 15 11:00 AM[5] at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN2 W 21–14   107,856[2]
November 22 2:30 PM[5] Illinois Ryan Field • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) BTN W 27–10   32,166[2]
December 29 7:00 PM vs. #25 Missouri #22 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 23–30 OT  55,986[2]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 3 0 7 0 10
Wildcats 0 9 14 7 30


Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 10 0 7 24
Blue Devils 7 3 3 7 20


Southern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Salukis 7 0 0 0 7
Wildcats 6 10 10 7 33


Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 0 8 0 8
Wildcats 6 10 0 0 16


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 6 6 22
Hawkeyes 3 14 0 0 17


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 17 7 10 3 37
Wildcats 0 7 10 3 20


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 6 6 0 14 26
Wildcats 0 24 10 14 48


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 6 10 0 19
Hoosiers 7 7 7 0 21


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 7 0 7 24
Golden Gophers 0 17 0 0 17


Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 7 17 7 14 45
Wildcats 7 0 3 0 10


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 14 0 21
Wolverines 7 7 0 0 14


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 7 3 10
Wildcats 6 7 3 11 27


Alamo Bowl, v. Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Tigers 0 10 10 3 7 30
Wildcats 7 3 13 0 0 23


Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR #24 #24 #22 NR
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR #22 NR #24 NR #25 NR #24 #20 #22 #20 NR
Harris Not released NR #23 NR NR NR NR NR NR #24 #22 #21
BCS Not released #22 NR #24 NR NR #24 #22 #23

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring    
  Points per Game    
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 52 100 80 62 294
Opponents 64 78 49 41 232

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
TEAM                  
Total                  
Opponents                  

Passing[edit]

Name CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
C.J. Bacher 218 365 2128 59.7 5.83 53 14 14 9 113.68
Mike Kafka 32 46 330 69.6 7.17 36 2 3 6 131.13
Eric Peterman 2 2 55 100.0 27.50 30 1 0 0 496.0
Total 252 413 2513 61.0 6.08 53 17 17 15 116.9
Opponents                  

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kickoff Times Announced For NU's First Three Home Games". Northwestern Sports Information. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cumulative Season Statistics". Northwestern University. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kickoff Times Set For Duke's First Three Football Games". Duke Sports Information. June 3, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Big Ten Announces Start Times for 2008 Homecoming Games". Northwestern Sports Information. May 12, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Northwestern Official Athletics Site". Northwestern Sports Information. September 29, 2008. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2008.