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1897 Northwestern Purple football
ConferenceWestern Conference
1897 record5–3 (0–2 Western)
Head coachJesse Van Doozer (1st season)
CaptainJoe Hunter
Home stadiumSheppard Field
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 Western Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin 3 0 0     9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0     6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0     6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0     4 4 0
† – Conference champion

The 1897 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1897 Western Conference football season. In their first and only year under head coach Jesse Van Doozer, the Purple compiled a 5–3 record (0–2 against Western Conference opponents) and finished in sixth place in the Western Conference.[1][2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 29Evanston High*
W 6–0
October 9at Beloit*Beloit, WIW 6–0[3]
October 16Iowa*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 6–12[4]
October 23at ChicagoL 6–217,000[5]
October 30Physicians & Surgeons*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 6–0[6]
November 6Rush Medical*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 16–0[7]
November 13Northwestern alumni*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 25–0
November 25Wisconsin
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 0–22[8]
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1897 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1897-schedule.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  2. "2017 Northwestern Football Media Guide". Northwestern University. p. 106. https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/nusports.com/documents/2017/7/21/Northwestern_2017_Media_Guide.pdf. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  3. "Wins a Hard Game". Chicago Tribune: p. 7. October 10, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034275/wins_a_hard_game/.
  4. "Purple Is Beaten: Iowa Too Much for the Northwestern Players". Chicago Tribune: p. 4. October 17, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034750/purple_is_beaten_iowa_too_much_for_the/.
  5. "Joy at the Midway: Annual Game Won by Chicago from Northwestern; Great Crowd and Game; Maroons Superior at All Times and Win, 21 to 6". Chicago Tribune: p. 1-2. October 24, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034458/joy_at_the_midway_annual_game_won_by/.
  6. "Swallow a Bitter Pill: Physicians and Surgeons Humbled by Northwestern University". The Inter Ocean: p. 8. October 31, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034651/swallow_a_bitter_pill_physicians_and/.
  7. "Down Rush Medics". Chicago Tribune: p. 6. November 7, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034537/down_rush_medics/.
  8. "Badgers in a Walk: Wisconsin Defeats Northwestern at Football". Chicago Tribune: p. 3. November 26, 1897. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21034343/badgers_in_a_walk_wisconsin_defeats/.


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