1920 Northwestern Purple football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1920 record3–4 (2–3 Big Ten)
Head coachElmer McDevitt (1st season)
CaptainGraham Penfield
Home stadiumNorthwestern Field
Seasons
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1921 →
1920 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 5 0 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 4 1 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 2 0
Illinois 4 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0     5 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 4 0
Chicago 2 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 6 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion

The 1920 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1920 college football season. In their first year under head coach Elmer McDevitt, the Purple compiled a 3–4 record (2–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[1][2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 2[[{{{school}}}|Knox]]*W 14–0[3]
October 9Minnesota
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 17–0[4]
October 16at WisconsinL 7–2710,000[5]
October 30vs. IndianaL 7–1012,000[6]
November 6at IowaL 0–20[7]
November 13Purduedagger
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 14–010,000[8]
November 20Notre Dame *
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL (rivalry)
L 7–33[9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1920 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1920-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. Walter Eckersall (October 3, 1920). "Keeping Eye on Ball Gives 14-0 Win to Purple". Chicago Tribune: p. II-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977649/keeping_eye_on_ball_gives_140_win_to/.
  4. Quin A. Ryan (October 10, 1920). "Purple Upsets Norsemen, 17-0, as Fans Go Wild: Biggest Surprise of Year Is Deserved Win". Chicago Tribune: p. II-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977590/purple_upsets_norsemen_170_as_fans/.
  5. "Wisconsin Triumphs Over Purple". The Wisconsin State Journal: p. 1. October 17, 1920. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977530/wisconsin_triumphs_over_purple/.
  6. "Indiana Wins Slow Grid Contest From Northwestern, 10-7". The Indianapolis Star: p. 23. October 31, 1920. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977443/indiana_wins_slow_grid_contest_from/.
  7. Sec Taylor (November 7, 1920). "Iowa Triumphs Over Purple on Wet Field". The Des Moines Register: pp. Sports 1–2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977707/iowa_triumphs_over_purple_on_wet_field/.
  8. Quin Ryan (November 14, 1920). "Purple Eleven Upsets Purdue in 14-0 Combat". Chicago Tribune: pp. II-1, II-2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977786/purple_eleven_upsets_purdue_in_140/.
  9. "Purple Bows To Notre Dame by 33 to 7 Count". Chicago Tribune: p. II-1. November 21, 1920. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20977831/purple_bows_to_notre_dame_by_33_to_7/.


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