1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten co-champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 15
1996 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Barnett
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 48,187)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
#15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
#7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#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, NC SCC L 27–28   21,749
September 14 2:30 PM at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ABC W 38–13   29,321
September 21 11:30 AM Ohio* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL SCC W 28–7   38,148
September 28 11:30 AM Indiana No. 25 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN W 35–17   36,714
October 5 11:30 AM No. 6 Michigan No. 22 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ABC W 17–16   48,187
October 12 11:30 AM Minnesota No. 15 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 26–24   35,848
October 19 11:30 AM at Wisconsin No. 14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 W 34–30   79,576
October 26 11:00 AM Illinois No. 11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN+ W 27–24   48,187
November 2 2:30 PM at No. 15 Penn State No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 9–34   96,596
November 9 2:30 PM at No. 23 Iowa No. 18 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 40–13   70,397
November 16 1:00 PM Purdue No. 13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 27–24   41,178
January 1 12:00 PM vs. No. 9 Tennessee* No. 11 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 28–48   63,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 7 6 14 34
Wisconsin 10 3 3 14 30

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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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