1948 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1948 Northwestern Wildcats football
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 20–14 vs. California
Conference Big Nine Conference
Ranking
AP No. 7
1948 record 8–2 (5–1 Big Nine)
Head coach Bob Voigts
MVP Art Murakowski
Home stadium Dyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1947
1949 →
1948 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Michigan $ 6 0 0     9 0 0
#7 Northwestern 5 1 0     8 2 0
#16 Minnesota 5 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     3 6 0
Indiana 2 4 0     2 7 0
Illinois 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1948 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1948 Big Nine Conference football season. The Wildcats won their first Rose Bowl in school history.

Season[edit]

Northwestern finished the season with an 8-2 record, losing only to perennial powerhouses Michigan, 28-0, and Notre Dame, 17-12.[1] Northwestern blanked UCLA, 19–0, Purdue, 21–0, and Syracuse, 48–0. NU rallied from three turnovers and a 16-point deficit to defeat Minnesota, 19–16, and beat Ohio State, 21–7, Wisconsin, 16–7, and Illinois, 20–7.[1] Big Nine Conference rules prevented conference champion Michigan from making a successive trip to face the Rose Bowl, so second-place Northwestern won the bid instead.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 25 at UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 19–0    
October 2 Purdue Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 21–0    
October 9 No. 8 Minnesota No. 3 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 19–16    
October 16 at No. 4 Michigan No. 3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0–28    
October 23 Syracuse* No. 10 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 48–0    
October 30 Ohio State No. 9 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 21–7    
November 6 at Wisconsin No. 10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 16–7    
November 13 at No. 2 Notre Dame* No. 8 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) L 7–12    
November 20 Illinois No. 7 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Rivalry) W 20–7    
January 1 vs. No. 5 California* No. 7 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 20–14    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
George Sundheim Back 12 115 New York Giants

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Awards and honors[edit]

Roster[edit]

  1. 10 Bob Nelson
  2. 11 Loran "PeeWee" Day (halfback and safety)
  3. 14 Gene Miller
  4. 15 Ed Tunnicliff(halfback)
  5. 16 Tom Worthington (halfback)
  6. 19 Bob Meeder
  7. 20 Lloyd Hawkinson
  8. 21 Don Burson (quarterback)
  9. 22 Frank Aschenbrenner (halfback)
  10. 23 Pat Keefe (quarterback)
  11. 25 John Yungwirth
  12. 26 Jim Farrar (extra points)
  13. 29 Dick Flowers (quarterback)
  14. 30 Art Murakowski (fullback)
  15. 32 Armandy Cureau
  16. 33 Ralph Rossi
  17. 34 Gasper Perricone (fullback)
  18. 36 George Hlsbasko
  19. 37 George Sundheim
  20. 42 Johnny Miller
  21. 54 Alex Sarkisian (center). (team captain)
  22. 55 Chuck Petter
  23. 56 Ray Wietecha
  24. 57 Dick Price
  25. 60 Lawrence "Fatso" Day (linemen)
  26. 61 Francis De Pauw
  27. 62 Richard Anderson
  28. 63 Bob Nowicki(guard)
  29. 67 Ed Nemeth (left guard)
  30. 68 Jim Parseigan
  31. 69 LeRoy Pantera
  32. 70 Joe Sewell
  33. 73 Bill Ford
  34. 71 Bill Forman (tackle)
  35. 74 Steve Sawle (tackle)
  36. 75 Rudy Cernoch (tackle)
  37. 77 George Maddock (kick offs)
  38. 79 Dick Eggers
  39. 80 Charles Hagmann (end)
  40. 82 Burton Keddie (end)
  41. 83 Don Stonesifer (end),
  42. 85 Joe Zuravleff (end)
  43. 87 Al Thomas
  44. 88 Littrell Clark
  45. 97 Paul Balog


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A History of Football at Northwestern: Bob Voights: 1947-1954". Northwestern University Archives. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1949.htm