2012 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2012 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Gator Bowl Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Legends Division
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #17
2012 record 10–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Captain Brian Arnfelt
Captain Kain Colter
Captain Brian Mulroe
Captain David Nwabuisi
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#25 Nebraska xy   7 1         10 4  
#24 Michigan   6 2         8 5  
#17 Northwestern   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Leaders
#3 Ohio State* x   8 0         12 0  
Penn State*   6 2         8 4  
Wisconsin y   4 4         8 6  
Purdue   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   2 6         4 8  
Illinois   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his seventh season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Wildcats won their first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl against California by defeating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl 34–20.[1] They finished the season 10–3 (5–3 Big Ten).

Previous season[edit]

In 2011 the Wildcats had a 6–7 record, ending the season with a 33–22 loss to Texas A&M in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Northwestern signed 21 recruits to letters-of-intent on National Signing Day on February 1, 2012.[2]

Transfers[edit]

Wide receiver Kyle Prater transferred to Northwestern from USC on January 28, 2012, after being injured during most of the 2011 season and redshirting in 2010.[3] The Wildcats requested a waiver to allow Prater to play immediately in 2012, as he transferred to a school close to home in order to care for a family member.[4] Sophomore running back Adonis Smith, who was thought to be a candidate for the starting running back job in 2012 after rushing for 266 yards in 2011, announced his intent to transfer from Northwestern on February 22.[5] He decided to transfer to UNLV.[6] Defensive back Quinn Evans transferred to Northwestern after graduating from Stanford in June 2012. After missing the entire 2011 season because of injury, he chose to attend Northwestern as a graduate student with a year of college football eligibility remaining.[7]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule is as follows:[8]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 11:00 AM at Syracuse* Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN2 W 42–41   37,830[9]
September 8 7:00 PM Vanderbilt* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 23–13   31,644[10]
September 15 2:30 PM Boston College* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 22–13   32,597[11]
September 22 2:30 PM South Dakota* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 38–7   28,641[12]
September 29 11:00 AM Indiana Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 44–29   33,129[13]
October 6 11:00 AM at Penn State #24 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN L 28–39   95,796[14]
October 13 11:00 AM at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 21–13   49,651[15]
October 20 2:30 PM Nebraska Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC/ESPN2 L 28–29   47,330[16]
October 27 11:00 AM Iowadagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 28–17   44,121[17]
November 10 11:00 AM at Michigan #24 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 31–38 OT  112,510[18]
November 17 11:00 AM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 23–20   75,101[19]
November 24 11:00 AM Illinois Ryan Field • Evanston, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) BTN W 50–14   32,415[20]
January 1 11:00 AM vs. Mississippi State #21 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ESPN2 W 34–20   48,612[21]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV NR RV RV RV RV 22 21 17 
Coaches' NR RV RV RV RV 22 RV RV RV RV 21 RV RV 20 17 16 
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV 21 20 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR 24 NR NR 22 20 Not released


Game Notes[edit]

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 14 14 7 42
Syracuse 6 7 14 14 41
  • Date: September 1
  • Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:00
  • Game attendance: 37,830
  • Game weather: 80°F at kickoff, reaching 95°F inside the dome by the 2nd half
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins (Play by play), Joey Galloway (color) and Jenn Brown (sideline)
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
4–5 2009 SYR 37–34

The game got off to a slow start with some notable miscues on Northwestern's special teams play. All of which was quickly forgotten when Venric Mark scored an 82-yard touchdown on a punt return, the first return touchdown of his career. Northwestern continued to dominate offensively on the work of Mark and Kain Colter, taking a 35–13 lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter. The Orange then scored 4 straight touchdowns to lead 41–35 by attacking the young Northwestern secondary with deep passes to the outside. With under 3 minutes left and needing a score to win, Northwestern changed quarterbacks. Trevor Siemian came on to lead a 75-yard drive that scored the go-ahead touchdown. Northwestern survived to win and remain 7–0 in season openers under Pat Fitzgerald.


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 7 3 0 3 13
Northwestern 3 0 3 17 23
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 7:03 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 31,644
  • Game weather: 71°F, mostly cloudy, 9mph-NW wind
  • Referee: Matt Laeffler
  • Television network: BTN
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
1–1–1 2011 NU 23–21


Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston College 3 7 0 3 13
Northwestern 6 6 3 7 22
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 2:43 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 32,597
  • Game weather: 75°F, sunny, 8mph-NE wind
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (BTN): Josh Lewin, Jon Jansen and Evan Fitzgerald
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[27]
3–1 2011 NU 24–17


South Dakota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Dakota 0 0 7 0 7
Northwestern 14 14 7 3 38
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 2:42 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 28,641
  • Game weather: 55°F, mostly sunny, 15mph-WNW wind
  • Referee: Todd Geerlings
  • TV announcers (BTN): Wayne Larrivee, Jon Jansen and Evan Fitzgerald
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[29]
4–0 1927 NU 47–2


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 0 0 21 8 29
Northwestern 7 13 17 7 44
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 11:01 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 33,129
  • Game weather: 66°F, partly cloudy, 6mph-WNW wind
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler and Chris Martin
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[31]
45–34–1 2011 NU 59–38


Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Northwestern 0 14 14 0 28
• Penn State 3 7 7 22 39
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[32]
3–12 2011 PSU 34–24


Roster[edit]

2012 Northwestern Wildcats roster[33][34]

Quarterbacks

  • 2 Kain Colter (C)Junior
  • 10 Zack Oliver – Redshirt Freshman
  • 13 Trevor Siemian – Sophomore
  • 15 P.J. Carollo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 18 Christian Salem – Freshman

Running Backs

  • 3 Tyris Jones – Senior
  • 5 Venric MarkJunior
  • 20 Malin Jones – Freshman
  • 21 Jordan Perkins – Freshman
  • 22 Treyvon Green – Sophomore
  • 25 Jordan Perkins – Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Mike Panico – Freshman
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Sophomore
  • 29 Stephen Buckley – Freshman
  • 32 Mike Trumpy – Junior
  • 34 Michael Odom – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 6 Tony Jones – Sophomore
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Senior
  • 8 Jack Mitchell - Freshman
  • 11 Pierre Youngblood-Ary - Redshirt Freshman
  • 12 Cermak Bland – Redshirt Freshman
  • 14 Christian Jones – Sophomore
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Junior
  • 19 Cameron Dickerson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 21 Kyle PraterSophomore
  • 80 Mike Jensen – Junior
  • 82 Andrew Scanlan - Freshman
  • 83 Mike McHugh – Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton – Junior
  • 89 Austin Carr – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 40 Dan Vitale - Freshman
  • 41 Doug Diedrick - Redshirt Freshman
  • 43 Tim Riley - Junior
  • 81 Evan Watkins – Junior
  • 85 Mark Szott – Redshirt Freshman
  • 86 Jack Schwaba - Freshman
  • 87 Brian Smith - Junior
 

Offensive Line

  • 53 Geoff Mogus – Redshirt Freshman
  • 57 Matt Frazier – Redshirt Freshman
  • 61 Alex Pietrzak – Redshirt Freshman
  • 62 Taylor Paxton – Junior
  • 63 Ian Park - Freshman
  • 65 Hayden Baker – Sophomore
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Sophomore
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Senior
  • 71 Shane Mertz – Redshirt Freshman
  • 72 Brian Mulroe (C)Senior
  • 73 Adam DePietro – Freshman
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Senior
  • 75 Jack Konopka – Sophomore
  • 76 Eric Olson – Freshman
  • 77 Kenton Playko – Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Senior
  • 81 Paul Jorgensen – Sophomore

Defensive Line

  • 1 Bo Cisek – Senior
  • 67 Sean McEvilly - Sophomore
  • 68 Connor Mahoney - Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams - Senior
  • 89 Max Chapman - Redshirt Freshman
  • 90 C.J. Robbins – Redshirt Freshman
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt (C) - Senior
  • 92 Will Hampton - Junior
  • 93 Greg Kuhar - Freshman
  • 94 Dean Lowry - Freshman
  • 95 Davon Custis - Junior
  • 96 Anthony Battle - Junior
  • 97 Tyler Scott - Junior
  • 98 Deonte Gibson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Chance Carter - Sophomore
 

Linebackers

  • 18 Ifeadi Odenigbo - Freshman
  • 33 David Nwabuisi (C)Senior
  • 35 Eric Wilson - Freshman
  • 44 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Sophomore
  • 45 Collin Ellis – Sophomore
  • 46 Damien Proby – Junior
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Senior
  • 50 Timmy Vernon – Junior
  • 51 Jaylen Prater - Freshman
  • 54 Eric Hauser - Freshman
  • 55 Drew Smith – Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien – Junior

Defensive Backs

  • 3 Sean Oliver - Freshman
  • 4 Jarrell Williams - Redshirt Freshman
  • 9 Jimmy Hall - Sophomore
  • 15 Daniel Jones – Sophomore
  • 16 Davion Fleming – Junior
  • 23 Nick VanHoose - Redshirt Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim Campbell - Sophomore
  • 36 Mike Eshun - Sophomore
  • 39 Joe Cannon - Sophomore
  • 47 Troy Sheppard - Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 2 Dwight White - Freshman
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Sophomore
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Senior
  • 31 Quinn Evans - Senior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Senior
  • 10 Traveon Henry – Freshman
  • 26 Terrance Brown - Freshman
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Senior
  • 42 Joseph Jones - Freshman
 

Punters

  • 31 Chris Gradone – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 Zak Kucera - Freshman
  • 49 Brandon Williams – Junior

Punters/Kickers

  • 33 Matt Micucci - Freshman

Kickers

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

Long Snappers

  • 52 Chris Fitzpatrick - Freshman
  • 59 Pat Hickey – Junior
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]

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  2. ^ Taylor, John (February 1, 2012). "Northwestern announces 2012 recruiting class". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WR Prater transfers from So. Cal to Northwestern". Sports Illustrated. January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (June 27, 2012). "Prater, NU Expect to Hear From NCAA in July". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Powers, Scott (February 22, 2012). "Adonis Smith Leaving Northwestern". ESPN. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Taylor, John (March 8, 2012). "Ex-Northwestern RB Headed to UNLV". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Northwestern Announces Addition of Transfer Quinn Evans". Northwestern University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
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