2010 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2010 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Conference Big Ten Conference
2010 record 7–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz
Base defense Multiple 4-3
Captain Dan Persa
Captain Al Netter
Captain Quentin Davie
Captain Corbin Bryant
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 2  
#5 Ohio State   0* 1         0* 1  
#14 Michigan State §   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) and Penn State (7-6, 4-4) in the 2010 season are vacated
    As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The 2010 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the Big Ten during the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his fifth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. The annual rivalry game against the University of Illinois was played at Wrigley Field on November 20.

The Wildcats finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in Big Ten play and was invited to the inaugural TicketCity Bowl where they were defeated by Texas Tech 38–45.

Previous season[edit]

Last season, the Wildcats finished the season 8–5 (5–3 in Big Ten play) and lost in the Outback Bowl 35–38 in overtime against Auburn.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:30 PM at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN CSNC W 23–21   37,210[3]
September 11 11:00 AM Illinois State* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 37–3   25,471[4]
September 18 6:00 PM at Rice* Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 30–13   15,562[5]
September 25 11:00 AM Central Michigan* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 30–25   30,075[6]
October 2 11:00 AM at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPN W 29–28   49,228[7]
October 9 6:30 PM Purdue #25 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 17–20   33,847[8]
October 23 11:00 AM #8 Michigan Statedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN L 27–35   41,115[9]
October 30 11:00 AM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 20–17   37,818[10]
November 6 2:30 PM at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC/ESPN2 L 21–35   104,147[11]
November 13 11:00 AM #13 Iowa Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN W 21–17   47,130[12]
November 20 2:30 PM vs. Illinois #25 Wrigley FieldChicago, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPNU L 27–48   41,058[13]
November 27 2:30 PM at #5 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC/ESPN L 23–70   80,011[14]
January 1 11:00 AM vs. Texas Tech* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (TicketCity Bowl) ESPNU L 38–45   40,121[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Regular season[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 0 7 6 23
Commodores 0 9 6 6 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[16]
0-1-1 1952 Tie, 20-20


Illinois State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 3 0 0 0 3
Wildcats 14 16 0 7 37
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 10 14 3 30
Owls 0 3 3 7 13
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
1-4 1998 NU, 23-14


Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 6 7 0 12 25
Wildcats 6 7 10 7 30
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 0 6 9 29
Golden Gophers 7 14 0 7 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
30-50-5 2009 Minn, 35-24


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0 10 3 7 20
#25 Wildcats 7 3 7 0 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
27-49-1 2009 NU, 27-21


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Spartans 0 7 7 21 35
Wildcats 7 10 7 3 27
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[21]
16-34 2009 MSU, 24-14


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 7 3 20
Hoosiers 3 7 0 7 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
43-34-1 2009 NU, 29-28


Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 14 0 0 21
Nittany Lions 0 7 21 7 35
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
3-10 2009 PSU, 34-13


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 3 14 0 17
Wildcats 7 0 0 14 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[24]
22-46-3 2009 NU, 17-10

Northwestern won a thriller by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats led in the first two periods, but the Hawkeyes scored twice to take the lead in the third quarter.


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 21 6 7 14 48
#25 Wildcats 14 10 0 3 27
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
46-52-5 2009 NU, 21-16

The Wildcats, one week after upsetting a ranked Iowa team, fell flat in Wrigley Field, losing 48-27 to the Fighting Illini. Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure ran wild on Northwestern's defense for 330 yards on 33 carries (for an average of 10.0 yards per carry), with a pair of touchdowns. The loss snapped a two game Northwestern winning streak over Illinois and sealed a bowl berth for Illinois, regardless of the outcome of their season finale against Fresno State next week. Northwestern falls to 3-4 in Big Ten play and 7-4 overall. The Wildcats face the 10-1 Wisconsin Badgers next week in Camp Randall Stadium, where they have not won since the 2000 season.


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 14 6 0 23
#5 Badgers 14 35 21 0 70
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[26]
33-55-5 2009 NU, 33-31


TicketCity Bowl[edit]

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 6 18 14 38
Red Raiders 10 14 14 7 45
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
0-0 First Meeting N/A


Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement[2]
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Receiving votes. NR=Not ranked.
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 Final
AP NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV NR NR NR NR
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV NR 25 RV NR NR NR
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

Roster[edit]

2010 Northwestern Wildcats roster[27][28]

Quarterbacks

  • 7 Dan Persa (C)Junior
  • 13 Trevor Siemian – Freshman
  • 14 Kain Colter – Freshman
  • 18 Evan Watkins – Redshirt Freshman

Running Backs

  • 4 Adonis Smith – Freshman
  • 19 Arby Fields – Sophomore
  • 20 Scott Concannon – Junior
  • 25 Stephen Simmons – Senior
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Freshman
  • 29 Mike Trumpy – Redshirt Freshman
  • 34 Tyris Jones – Sophomore
  • 39 Jacob Schmidt – Junior

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Lee Coleman – Senior
  • 5 Sidney Stewart – Senior
  • 6 Charles Brown – Junior
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Sophomore
  • 11 Jeremy Ebert – Junior
  • 12 Tony Jones – Freshman
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Freshman
  • 80 Mike Jensen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 81 Jimmy Hall – Freshman
  • 83 Jaleel Reed – Redshirt Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton – Redshirt Freshman
  • 85 Venric MarkFreshman
  • 86 Brendan Barber – Sophomore
  • 88 Torin Dupper – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 9 Drake Dunsmore – Junior
  • 40 Brett Nagel – Sophomore
  • 45 Aaron Nagel - Junior
  • 47 Christian Flores – Freshman
  • 82 John Plasencia – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Josh Rooks – Senior
 

Offensive Line

  • 52 Evan Luxenburg – Sophomore
  • 62 Taylor Paxton – Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Keegan Grant – Senior
  • 64 Doug Bartels – Junior
  • 65 Ben Burkett – Junior
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Freshman
  • 68 Hayden Baker – Freshman
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Sophomore
  • 72 Brian Mulroe – Sophomore
  • 73 Colin Armstrong – Junior
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Sophomore
  • 75 Al Netter (C)Junior
  • 76 Brian Smith – Redshirt Freshman
  • 78 Paul Jorgensen – Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Sophomore

Defensive Line

  • 42 Kevin Watt – Junior
  • 55 Bo Cisek – Sophomore
  • 60 Jake Gregus – Redshirt Freshman
  • 61 Andrew Struckmeyer – Junior
  • 67 Sean McEvilly – Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams – Sophomore
  • 90 Jack DiNardo – Junior
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt – Sophomore
  • 92 Will Hampton – Freshman
  • 93 Niko Mafuli – Junior
  • 94 Vince Browne – Junior
  • 95 Davon Custis – Redshirt Freshman
  • 96 Anthony Battle – Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Tyler Scott – Redshirt Freshman
  • 98 Corbin Bryant (C)Senior
  • 99 Chance Carter – Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Stone Pinckney – Sophomore
  • 33 David Nwabuisi – Sophomore
  • 35 Ben Johnson – Junior
  • 41 Quentin Davie (C)Senior
  • 43 Tim Riley – Redshirt Freshman
  • 44 Nate Williams – Senior
  • 46 Damien Proby – Redshirt Freshman
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Sophomore
  • 50 Timmy Vernon – Redshirt Freshman
  • 51 Bryce McNaul – Junior
  • 53 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Freshman
  • 54 Collin Ellis – Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien – Redshirt Freshman
  • 57 Luke Reppe – Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 15 Daniel Jones – Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim Campbell – Freshman
  • 36 Mike Eshun – Freshman
  • 39 Joe Cannon – Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Jeravin Matthews – Junior
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Freshman
  • 20 Tim Weak – Sophomore
  • 21 Mike Bolden – Junior
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Sophomore
  • 26 Jordan MabinJunior
  • 28 Justan Vaughn – Senior
  • 38 James Kurzawski – Sophomore
  • 47 Ricky Weina – Junior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Sophomore
  • 10 Brian Peters – Junior
  • 16 Davion Fleming – Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Sophomore
  • 32 David Arnold – Junior
  • 49 Scott Lilja – Senior
 

Punters

  • 1 Stefan Demos – Senior
  • 49 Brandon Williams – Redshirt Freshman

Kickers

  • 1 Stefan Demos – Senior
  • 34 Steve Flaherty – Sophomore
  • 37 Jeff Budzien – Redshirt Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 58 John Henry Pace – Senior
  • 59 Pat Hickey – Redshirt Freshman
Head coach
  • Pat Fitzgerald
Coordinators/Assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates – Linebackers Coach
  • Jerry Brown – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
  • Adam Cushing – Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coach
  • Mike Hankwitz – Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
  • Bob Heffner – Superbacks Coach
  • Kevin Johns – Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coach
  • Marty Long – Defensive Line Coach
  • Matt MacPherson – Running Backs Coach
  • Mick McCall – Offensive Coordinator/QB's Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Depth chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Brian Peters
Hunter Bates


WLB MLB SLB
{{{WLB_Starter}}} Nate Williams {{{SLB_Starter}}}
Damien Proby David Nwabuisi {{{SLB_Backup}}}
SS
Jared Carpenter
David Arnold
CB
Jordan Mabin
Demetrius Dugar


DE DT DT DE
Vince Browne Jack DiNardo Corbin Bryant Kevin Watt
Tyler Scott Brian Arnfelt Niko Mafuli Quentin Williams
CB
Justan Vaughn
Mike Bolden
Offense
Z-Receiver
Sidney Stewart
Rashad Lawrence
Y-Receiver
Jeremy Ebert
Charles Brown
LT LG C RG RT
Al Netter Brian Mulroe Ben Burkett Keegan Grant Patrick Ward
Chuck Porcelli Doug Bartels Colin Armstrong Brian Smith Neal Deiters
Superback
Drake Dunsmore
Josh Rooks
X-Receiver
Demetrius Fields
Tony Jones
QB
Dan Persa
Evan Watkins
Kain Colter
RB
Adonis Smith
Stephen Simmons
Mike Trumpy
Special Teams
PK Stefan Demos
PK Jeff Budzien
P Brandon Williams
P Stefan Demos
KR Venric Mark
PR Venric Mark
LS John Henry Pace
H Brandon Williams

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Big Ten football standings
  2. ^ a b 2010 college football rankings
  3. ^ Northwestern Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores boxscore
  4. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois State Redbirds boxscore
  5. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs Rice Owls boxscore
  6. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs Central Michigan Chippewas boxscore
  7. ^ Northwestern Wildcats at Minnesota Golden Gophers boxscore
  8. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers boxscore
  9. ^ Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats boxscore
  10. ^ Northwestern Wildcats at Indiana Hoosiers boxscore
  11. ^ Northwestern Wildcats at Penn State Nittany Lions boxscore
  12. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes boxscore
  13. ^ Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
  14. ^ Northwestern Wildcats at Wisconsin Badgers
  15. ^ "Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Northwestern Wildcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Vanderbilt Commodores
  17. ^ a b c Northwestern records by opponent
  18. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Rice Owls
  19. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Minnesota Golden Gophers
  20. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Purdue Boilermakers
  21. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Michigan State Spartans
  22. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Indiana Hoosiers
  23. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Penn State Nittany Lions
  24. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Iowa Hawkeyes
  25. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Illinois Fighting Illini
  26. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Wisconsin Badgers
  27. ^ 2010 Northwestern Wildcats roster
  28. ^ 2010 Northwestern Wildcats captains announcement
  29. ^ 2011 TicketCity Bowl Northwestern Depth Chart