1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 15
1996 record9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Barnett (5th season)
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 48,187)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A college football season. Under head coach Gary Barnett, Northwestern finished the season with a 9–3 record. The Wildcats won a share of the Big Ten Conference title for the second straight year. They faced off against Tennessee in the Florida Citrus Bowl, where the Wildcats lost, 48–28.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 5:30 PM at Wake Forest* No. 13 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, North Carolina SCC L 27–28   21,749
September 14 2:30 PM at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, North Carolina ABC W 38–13   29,321
September 21 11:30 AM Ohio* Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois SCC W 28–7   38,148
September 28 11:30 AM at Indiana No. 25 Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana ESPN W 35–17   36,714
October 5 11:30 AM No. 6 Michigan No. 22 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois ESPN W 17–16   48,187
October 12 11:30 AM Minnesota No. 15 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois ESPN2 W 26–24   35,848
October 19 11:30 AM at Wisconsin No. 14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin ESPN2 W 34–30   79,576
October 26 11:00 AM Illinois No. 11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois ESPN+ W 27–24   48,187
November 2 2:30 PM at No. 15 Penn State No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania ABC L 9–34   96,596
November 9 2:30 PM at No. 23 Iowa No. 18 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa ABC W 40–13   70,397
November 16 1:00 PM Purdue No. 13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois W 27–24   41,178
January 1 12:00 PM vs. No. 9 Tennessee* No. 11 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 28–48   63,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 24 Darnell Autry Sr
WR 5 D'Wayne Bates So
QB 8 Tim Hughes Sr
T 74 Paul Janus Sr
QB 10 Steve Schnur Sr
WR 25 Jeff Swenson Jr
TE 84 Jay Tant Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 36 Casey Dailey Jr
LB 51 Pat Fitzgerald Sr
LB 55 Barry Gardner So
LB 44 Keith Lozowski Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 13 Brian Gowins Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Northwestern 7 7614 34
Wisconsin 10 3314 30

[1]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Darnell Autry Running back 4 105 Chicago Bears
Tim Scharf Linebacker 6 164 New York Jets
Hudhaifa Ismaeli Defensive back 7 203 Miami Dolphins

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References[edit]

  1. ^ USA Today
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03.