2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2011 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Conference Big Ten Conference
Legends Division
2011 record 6–7 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#11 Michigan State xy   7 1         11 3  
#12 Michigan   6 2         11 2  
#24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders
#10 Wisconsin xy   6 2         11 3  
Penn State   0* 2         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant

The 2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his sixth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They are members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 3–4 in Big Ten play to finish in fifth place in the Legends Division. They were invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas where they were defeated by Texas A&M 22–33.

Previous season[edit]

In 2010 the Wildcats had a 7–6 record, ending the season with a 45–38 loss to Texas Tech in the 2011 TicketCity Bowl.

Preseason[edit]

Conference divisions[edit]

Starting in 2011, the Big Ten Conference created two divisions, "Legends" and "Leaders," following the University of Nebraska's membership into the conference. Northwestern was placed in the "Legends" division, with the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska joining them.[1]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule is as follows:[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 AM at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 24–17   37,561[3]
September 10 2:30 PM Eastern Illinois* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 42–21   28,042[4]
September 17 2:30 PM at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBSSN L 14–21   35,784[5]
October 1 11:00 AM at #22 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPN2 L 35–38   53,243[6]
October 8 6:00 PM #11 Michigan Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 24–42   47,330[7]
October 15 6:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 31–41   70,585[8]
October 22 6:00 PM #22 Penn Statedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 24–34   40,004[9]
October 29 11:00 AM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 59–38   39,239[10]
November 5 2:30 PM at #9 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 28–25   85,115[11]
November 12 11:00 AM Rice* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 28–6   26,886[12]
November 19 11:00 AM Minnesota Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 28–13   26,215[13]
November 26 11:00 AM #10 Michigan State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 17–31   32,172[14]
December 31 11:00 AM Texas A&M* Reliant StadiumHouston, TX (Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas) ESPN L 22–33   68,395
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Regular season[edit]

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 3 7 7 7 24
Boston College 3 7 0 7 17

[15]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[16]
2–1 1993 NU, 22–21


Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Illinois 0 7 7 7 21
Northwestern 14 14 7 7 42
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
0–0 First Meeting N/A


Army[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 7 0 7 14
Army 7 0 7 7 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
3–1 1988 Army, 23–7


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 14 14 7 35
Illinois 7 3 7 21 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
46–53–5 2010 Ill, 48–27


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 7 14 14 42
Northwestern 14 10 0 0 24
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
15–52–2 2008 NU, 21–14


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 7 10 14 31
Iowa 10 7 0 24 41
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[21]
23–46–3 2010 NU, 21–17


Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn St 14 13 7 0 34
Northwestern 14 10 0 0 24
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
3–11 2010 PSU, 35–21


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 17 21 14 7 59
Indiana 7 14 10 7 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
44–34–1 2010 NU, 20–17


Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 0 7 14 28
Nebraska 0 3 7 15 25

[24]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
2–3 2000 UNL, 66–17


Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 0 0 0 6 6
Northwestern 7 14 0 7 28
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[26]
3–4 2010 NU, 30–13


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 3 0 3 13
Northwestern 21 0 0 7 28
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[27]
31–50–5 2010 NU, 29–28


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 3 14 7 7 31
Northwestern 0 3 7 7 17
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[28]
16–35 2010 MSU, 35–27


Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas A&M 3 17 10 3 33
Northwestern 0 7 0 15 22
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
0–0 First Meeting N/A


Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement[29]
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 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

Roster[edit]

2011 Northwestern Wildcats roster[30][31]

Quarterbacks

  • 2 Kain ColterSophomore
  • 7 Dan Persa (C)Senior
  • 10 Zack Oliver – Freshman
  • 13 Trevor Siemian – Redshirt Freshman
  • 15 P.J. Carollo – Freshman
  • 18 Evan Watkins – Sophomore

Running Backs

  • 4 Adonis Smith – Sophomore
  • 21 Jordan Perkins – Freshman
  • 22 Treyvon Green – Freshman
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Mike Trumpy – Sophomore
  • 34 Tyris Jones – Junior
  • 39 Jacob Schmidt – Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 5 Venric MarkSophomore
  • 6 Charles Brown – Senior
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Junior
  • 11 Jeremy Ebert – Senior
  • 12 Tony Jones – Sophomore
  • 14 Christian Jones – Freshman
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Sophomore
  • 23 E.J. Webb – Freshman
  • 27 Cermak Bland – Freshman
  • 80 Mike Jensen – Sophomore
  • 81 Cameron Dickerson – Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton – Sophomore
  • 86 Brendan Barber – Junior
  • 88 Torin Dupper – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Pierre Youngblood-Ary – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 9 Drake Dunsmore – Senior
  • 40 Brett Nagel – Junior
  • 82 John Plasencia – Sophomore
  • 83 Jack Konopka – Freshman
  • 85 Mark Szott – Freshman
 

Offensive Line

  • 53 Geoff Mogus – Freshman
  • 57 Matt Frazier – Freshman
  • 61 Alex Pietrzak – Freshman
  • 62 Taylor Paxton – Sophomore
  • 64 Doug Bartels – Senior
  • 65 Ben Burkett – Senior
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Hayden Baker – Redshirt Freshman
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Junior
  • 71 Shane Mertz – Freshman
  • 72 Brian Mulroe – Junior
  • 73 Colin Armstrong – Senior
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Junior
  • 75 Al Netter (C)Senior
  • 76 Brian Smith – Sophomore
  • 78 Paul Jorgensen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Junior

Defensive Line

  • 42 Kevin Watt – Senior
  • 55 Bo Cisek – Junior
  • 58 Max Chapman – Freshman
  • 60 Jake Gregus – Sophomore
  • 67 Sean McEvilly – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 C.J. Robbins – Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams – Junior
  • 90 Jack DiNardo – Senior
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt – Junior
  • 92 Will Hampton – Sophomore
  • 93 Niko Mafuli – Senior
  • 94 Vince Browne – Senior
  • 95 Davon Custis – Sophomore
  • 96 Anthony Battle – Sophomore
  • 97 Tyler Scott – Sophomore
  • 98 Deonte Gibson – Freshman
  • 99 Chance Carter – Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Stone Pinckney – Junior
  • 33 David Nwabuisi – Junior
  • 35 Ben Johnson – Senior
  • 41 Doug Diedrick – Freshman
  • 43 Tim Riley – Sophomore
  • 44 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 45 Collin Ellis – Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Damien Proby – Sophomore
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Junior
  • 50 Timmy Vernon – Sophomore
  • 51 Bryce McNaul – Senior
  • 54 Drew Smith – Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien – Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • 15 Daniel Jones – Redshirt Freshman
  • 16 Davion Fleming – Sophomore
  • 18 Matt Carpenter – Freshman
  • 19 Jimmy Hall – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Austin Kassner – Freshman
  • 23 Nick VanHoose – Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim Campbell – Redshirt Freshman
  • 25 Jarrell Williams – Freshman
  • 36 Mike Eshun – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 Joe Cannon – Redshirt Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Jeravin Matthews – Senior
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Tim Weak – Junior
  • 21 Mike Bolden – Senior
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Junior
  • 26 Jordan Mabin (C)Senior
  • 47 Ricky Weina – Senior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Junior
  • 10 Brian Peters (C)Senior
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Junior
  • 32 David Arnold – Senior
 

Punters

  • 31 Chris Gradone – Freshman
  • 49 Brandon Williams – Sophomore

Kickers

  • 34 Steve Flaherty – Junior
  • 37 Jeff Budzien – Sophomore
  • 38 Arthur Omilian – Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 59 Pat Hickey – Sophomore
Head coach
  • Pat Fitzgerald
Coordinators/Assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates – Linebackers Coach
  • Jerry Brown – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
  • Adam Cushing – Offensive Line Coach
  • Mike Hankwitz – Defensive Coordinator
  • Bob Heffner – Superbacks Coach
  • Marty Long – Defensive Line Coach
  • Matt MacPherson – Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Mick McCall – Offensive Coordinator/QB's Coach
  • Dennis Springer – Wide Receivers Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten divisions: Legends, Leaders". ESPN.com. December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Northwestern Football Schedule
  3. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Army Black Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats at Indiana Hoosiers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Northwestern University Official Athletic Site – Football". nusports.com. November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Northwestern University Official Athletic Site – Football". nusports.com. November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Northwestern University Official Athletic Site – Football". nusports.com. November 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Northwestern University Official Athletic Site – Football". nusports.com. November 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Boston College Golden Eagles
  17. ^ a b Northwestern records by opponent
  18. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Army Black Knights
  19. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Illinois Fighting Illini
  20. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Michigan Wolverines
  21. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Penn State Nittany Lions
  23. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Indiana Hoosiers
  24. ^ [2]
  25. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Nebraska Cornhuskers
  26. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Rice Owls
  27. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Minnesota Golden Gophers
  28. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Michigan State Spartans
  29. ^ College football rankings
  30. ^ 2011 Northwestern Wildcats roster
  31. ^ 2011 Northwestern Wildcats captains announcement