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)
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 24 Darnell Autry Sr
WR 5 D'Wayne Bates So
QB 8 Tim Hughes Sr
T 74 Paul Janus Sr
QB 10 Steve Schnur (C) Sr
WR 25 Jeff Swenson Jr
TE 84 Jay Tant Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 36 Casey Dailey Jr
LB 51 Pat Fitzgerald (C) 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

Roster

Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Northwestern 7 7614 34
Wisconsin 10 3314 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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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. ^ USA Today
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)