List of Northwestern Wildcats football seasons

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The Wildcats have played at Ryan Field since 1927.

This is a list of seasons completed by the Northwestern Wildcats football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1882, the Wildcats have participated in more than 1,100 officially-sanctioned games, including 9 bowl games.

Northwestern originally competed as a football independent. As one of the founding members, Northwestern joined the Big Ten conference, then known as the Western Conference, in 1896, where it has been a member ever since.

The Wildcats have experienced futility for much of its existence. The team has several winless seasons, including setting a NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses when it lost 34 straight games from 1979 to 1982.[1][2] The Wildcats went 64 years without winning a bowl game after the 1949 Rose Bowl. Northwestern has also experienced success, winning eight conference titles.[2]

Seasons[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Independent (1882–1895)
1882 No coach 1–1
1886 No coach 0–1
1888 No coach 2–1
1889 No coach 2–2
1890 No coach 4–1–1
1891 Knowlton Ames 2–2–3
1892 Knowlton Ames 5–3–2
1893 Paul Noyes 2–5–3
1894 A. A. Ewing 4–5
1895 Alvin Culver 6–5
Western Conference (1896–1952)
1896 Alvin Culver 6–1–2 2–1–1
1897 Jesse Van Doozer 5–3 0–2
1898 W. H. Bannard 9–4–1 0–4
1899 Charles Hollister 7–6 2–2
1900 Charles Hollister 7–2–3 2–1–2
1901 Charles Hollister 8–2–1 3–2
1902 Charles Hollister 6–6 0–4
1903 Walter McCornack 10–1–3 1–0–2
1904 Walter McCornack 8–2 1–2
1905 Walter McCornack 8–2–1 0—2
1908 Alton Johnson 2–2 0–2
1909 Bill Horr 1–3–1 1–3
1910 Charles Hammett 1–3–1 1–2–1
1911 Charles Hammett 3–4 1–4
1912 Charles Hammett 2–3–1 2–3
1913 Dennis Grady 1–6 0–6
1914 Fred Murphy 1–6 0–6
1915 Fred Murphy 2–5 0–5
1916 Fred Murphy 6–1 4–1
1917 Fred Murphy 5–2 3–2
1918 Fred Murphy 2–2–1 1–1
1919 Charlie Bachman 2–5 1–4
1920 Elmer McDevitt 3–4 2–3
1921 Elmer McDevitt 1–6 0–5
1922 Glenn Thistlethwaite 3–3–1 1–3–1
1923 Glenn Thistlethwaite 2–6 0–6
1924 Glenn Thistlethwaite 4–4 1–3
1925 Glenn Thistlethwaite 5–3 3–1
1926 Glenn Thistlethwaite 7–1 5–0 T-1st
1927 Dick Hanley 4–4 2–3
1928 Dick Hanley 5–3 2–3
1929 Dick Hanley 6–3 3–2
1930 Dick Hanley 7–1 5–0 T-1st
1931 Dick Hanley 7–1–1 5–1 T-1st
1932 Dick Hanley 3–4–1 2–3–1
1933 Dick Hanley 1–5–2 1–4–1
1934 Dick Hanley 3–5 2–3
1935 Pappy Waldorf 4–3–1 2–3–1
1936 Pappy Waldorf 7–1 6–0 1st 7
1937 Pappy Waldorf 4–4 3–3
1938 Pappy Waldorf 4–2–2 2–1–2 17
1939 Pappy Waldorf 3–4–1 3–2–1
1940 Pappy Waldorf 6–2 4–2 8
1941 Pappy Waldorf 5–3 4–2 11
1942 Pappy Waldorf 1–9 0–6
1943 Pappy Waldorf 6–2 5–1 9
1944 Pappy Waldorf 1–7–1 0–5–1
1945 Pappy Waldorf 4–4–1 3–3–1
1946 Pappy Waldorf 4–4–1 2–3–1
1947 Robert Voigts 3–6 2–4
1948 Robert Voigts 8–2 5–1 W Rose 7
1949 Robert Voigts 4–5 3–4
1950 Robert Voigts 6–3 3–3
1951 Robert Voigts 5–4 2–4
1952 Robert Voigts 2–6–1 2—5
Big Ten Conference (1953–present)
1953 Robert Voigts 3–6 0–6
1954 Robert Voigts 2–7 1–5
1955 Lou Saban 0–8–1 0–6–1
1956 Ara Parseghian 4–4–1 3–3–1
1957 Ara Parseghian 0–9 0–7
1958 Ara Parseghian 5–4 3–4 17
1959 Ara Parseghian 6–3 4–3
1960 Ara Parseghian 5–4 2–4
1961 Ara Parseghian 4–5 2–4
1962 Ara Parseghian 7–2 4–2
1963 Ara Parseghian 5–4 3–4
1964 Alex Agase 3–6 2–5
1965 Alex Agase 4–6 3–4
1966 Alex Agase 3–6–1 2–4–1
1967 Alex Agase 3–7 2–5
1968 Alex Agase 1–9 1–6
1969 Alex Agase 3–7 3–4
1970 Alex Agase 6–4 6–1
1971 Alex Agase 7–4 6–3
1972 Alex Agase 2–9 1–8
1973 John Pont 4–7 4–4
1974 John Pont 3–8 2–6
1975 John Pont 3–8 2–6
1976 John Pont 1–10 1–7
1977 John Pont 1–10 1–8
1978 Rick Venturi 0–10–1 0–8–1
1979 Rick Venturi 1–10 0–9
1980 Rick Venturi 0–11 0–9
1981 Dennis Green 0–11 0–9
1982 Dennis Green 3–8 2–7
1983 Dennis Green 2–9 2–7
1984 Dennis Green 2–9 2–7
1985 Dennis Green 3–8 1–7
1986 Francis Peay 4–7 2–6
1987 Francis Peay 2–8–1 2–6
1988 Francis Peay 2–8–1 2–5–1
1989 Francis Peay 0–11 0–8
1990 Francis Peay 2–9 1–7
1991 Francis Peay 3–8 2–6
1992 Gary Barnett 3–8 3–5
1993 Gary Barnett 2–9 0–8
1994 Gary Barnett 3–7–1 2–6
1995 Gary Barnett 10–2 8–0 1st L Rose 7 8
1996 Gary Barnett 9–3 7–1 T-1st L Citrus 16 15
1997 Gary Barnett 5–7 3–5
1998 Gary Barnett 3–9 0–8
1999 Randy Walker 3–8 1–7
2000 Randy Walker 8–4 6–2 T-1st L Alamo
2001 Randy Walker 4–7 2–6
2002 Randy Walker 3–9 1–7
2003 Randy Walker 6–7 4–4 L Motor City
2004 Randy Walker 6–6 5–3
2005 Randy Walker 7–5 5–3 L Sun
2006 Pat Fitzgerald 4–8 2–6
2007 Pat Fitzgerald 6–6 3–5
2008 Pat Fitzgerald 9–4 5–3 L Alamo
2009 Pat Fitzgerald 8–5 5–3 L Outback
2010 Pat Fitzgerald 7–6 3–5 L TicketCity
2011 Pat Fitzgerald 6–7 3–5 (Legends) L Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
2012 Pat Fitzgerald 10–3 5–3 3rd (Legends) W Gator 16 17
2013 Pat Fitzgerald 5–7 1–7 6th (Legends)
2014 Pat Fitzgerald 5–7 3–5 T–5th (West)
Total: 504–642–44
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pomerantz, Gary (September 26, 1982). "Northwestern: Paradise Found After 34 Lost Weekends". Washington Post. 
  2. ^ a b Northwestern Wildcats Index. Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. ^ CFRC College Football Database - Northwestern

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