1896 Northwestern Purple football team

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1896 Northwestern Purple football
Conference Western Conference
1896 record 6–1–2 (2–1–1 Western)
Head coach Alvin H. Culver (2nd season)
Captain Jesse Van Doozer
Home stadium Northwestern Field
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →
1896 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 2 0 1     7 1 1
Michigan 2 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 2 1 1     6 1 2
Chicago 3 2 0     15 2 1
Minnesota 1 2 0     8 2 0
Illinois 0 2 1     4 2 1
Purdue 0 2 1     4 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1896 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1896 Western Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Alvin H. Culver, and their first as a member of the Western Conference (later known as the Big Ten Conference), the Purple compiled a 6–1–2 record (2–1–1 against conference opponents) and finished in third place in the conference.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 1Englewood High*
W 20–0[3]
October 3Chicago Athletic Association*
  • Northwestern Athletic Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 4–01,500[4]
October 7Armour*
  • Northwestern Athletic Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 42–0[5]
October 10Beloit*
  • Northwestern Athletic Field
  • Evanston, IL
T 6–6[6]
October 17College of Physicians & Surgeons*W 16–6[7]
October 24at ChicagoW 46–6[8]
November 7at Illinois W 10–4[9]
November 14Chicago
  • Northwestern Athletic Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 6–18[10]
November 26Wisconsin
  • Northwestern Athletic Field
  • Evanston, IL
T 6–65,000[11]
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1896 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "2017 Northwestern Football Media Guide" (PDF). Northwestern University. p. 106. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Play a Strong Game: Northwestern Eleven Makes a Good Showing". Chicago Tribune. October 2, 1896. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Luck with Van Doozer". Chicago Tribune. October 4, 1896. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Too Heavy for Armour Eleven: Practice Game with the Norhwestern University Eleven". Chicago Tribune. October 8, 1896. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Beloit Ties the Score". Chicago Tribune. October 11, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ No account is found of this game in contemporary newspapers. Indeed, the Chicago Tribune reported that Physicians & Surgeons played against Beloit College on October 17, 1896.
  8. ^ "Stagg's Hope Is Vain: Northwestern Spoils Chicago's Chances for Championship". Chicago Tribune. October 25, 1896. pp. 1, 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "They Earn the Victory: Van Doozer's Men Have a Hard Struggle with Illinois". Chicago Tribune. November 8, 1896. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Chicago Wins the Game". Chicago Tribune. November 15, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Purple and Cardinal Tie". Chicago Tribune. November 27, 1896. pp. 1, 4 – via Newspapers.com.