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)
Defensive coordinatorRon Vanderlinden
CaptainJustin Chabot[1]
CaptainPat Fitzgerald
CaptainMike McGrew
CaptainSteve Schnur
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]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 65:30 PMat Wake Forest*No. 13SCCL 27–2821,749
September 142:30 PMat Duke*ABCW 38–1329,321
September 2111:30 AMOhio*SCCW 28–738,148
September 2811:30 AMat IndianaNo. 25ESPNW 35–1736,714
October 511:30 AMNo. 6 MichiganNo. 22
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPNW 17–1648,187
October 1211:30 AMMinnesotaNo. 15
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPN2W 26–2435,848
October 1911:30 AMat WisconsinNo. 14ESPN2W 34–3079,576
October 2611:00 AMIllinoisNo. 11
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPN+W 27–2448,187
November 22:30 PMat No. 15 Penn StateNo. 11ABCL 9–3496,596
November 92:30 PMat No. 23 IowaNo. 18ABCW 40–1370,397
November 161:00 PMPurdueNo. 13
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 27–2441,178
January 112:00 PMvs. No. 9 Tennessee*No. 11ABCL 28–4863,467
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster[edit]

1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 32 Adrian Autry Jr
RB 24 Darnell Autry Jr
WR 5 D'Wayne Bates So
G 61 Justin Chabot (C) Sr
QB 8 Tim Hughes Sr
T 74 Paul Janus Sr
WR 22 Brian Musso Jr
QB 10 Steve Schnur (C) Sr
WR 25 Jeff Swenson Jr
TE 84 Jay Tant Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 33 Eric Collier Sr
DE 36 Casey Dailey Jr
LB 51 Pat Fitzgerald (C) Sr
LB 55 Barry Gardner So
CB 3 Hudhaifa Ismaeli Jr
LB 44 Keith Lozowski Sr
DT 94 Joe Reiff Sr
DT 95 Matt Rice Sr
DT 96 Ray Robey Sr
LB 59 Jason Ross Jr
LB 52 Tim Scharf Sr
DE 90 Thor Schmidt So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 14 Paul Burton Sr
K 13 Brian Gowins Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP 18 15 13 NR NR 25 22 15 14 11 11 18 13 11 11 10 11 15 
Coaches 19 18 NR NR NR NR 18 15 12 10 18 14 11 11 12 11 16

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Game summaries[edit]

Wake Forest[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1993 W 26–14

Duke[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–6 1990 L 24–27

Ohio[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1973 L 12–14

Indiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–31–1 1995 W 31–7

Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–45–2 1995 W 19–13

Minnesota[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–45–5 1995 W 27–17

Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Wildcats 7 7614 34
Badgers 10 3314 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–50–5 1995 W 35–0

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Illinois[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
37–47–5 1995 W 17–14

Penn State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 1995 W 21–10

Iowa[edit]

#18 Northwestern at #23 Iowa
1 234Total
Wildcats 3 101314 40
Hawkeyes 0 706 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–41–3 1995 W 31–20

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Purdue[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–40–1 1995 W 23–8

Florida Citrus Bowl[edit]

#9 Tennessee vs. #11 Northwestern
1 234Total
Volunteers 21 10710 48
Wildcats 0 2107 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Awards and honors[edit]

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. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 149. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Northwestern 1996 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Northwestern vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. October 19, 1996. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Northwestern vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 9, 1996. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-23.