2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2005 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Sun Bowl, L 38–50 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2005 record7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachRandy Walker (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Dunbar (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Colby (4th season)
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Penn State $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 4 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 2  
No. 15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker. This was Randy's last season as the Wildcats' coach, as he would die from a heart attack following the season. The Wildcats finished tied for 3rd place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 5-3.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 AM Ohio* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPNU W 38–14   20,115
September 10 3:00 PM Northern Illinois* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPNC W 38–37   35,114
September 17 9:00 PM at Arizona State* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 21–52   55,029
September 24 11:00 AM Penn State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 L 29–34   24,395
October 8 11:00 AM No. 14 Wisconsin Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN W 51–48   33,859
October 15 11:00 AM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 W 34–29   62,866
October 22 11:00 AM at No. 22 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 49–14   74,636
October 29 6:00 PM No. 25 Michigandagger No. 21 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN L 17–33   47,130
November 5 11:00 AM Iowa Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN W 28–27   34,550
November 12 11:00 AM at No. 10 Ohio State No. 25 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 7–48   105,181
November 19 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) ESPN+ W 38–21   31,465
December 30 1:00 PM vs. No. 17 UCLA* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 38–50   50,426
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Northern Illinois[edit]

Arizona State[edit]

Penn State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234Total
Wisconsin 7 101021 48
• Northwestern 0 102714 51

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UCLA (Sun Bowl)[edit]

The Wildcats were invited to play in the 2005 Sun Bowl. They lost 38-50 to the UCLA Bruins, who staged a 22 point comeback, a record for the Bruins at the time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northwestern Knocks Off No. 14 Wisconsin". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. October 8, 2005. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved October 12, 2014.