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1948 Northwestern Wildcats football
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 20–14 vs. California
ConferenceBig Nine Conference
Ranking
APNo. 7
1948 record8–2 (5–1 Big Nine)
Head coachBob Voigts
MVPArt Murakowski
CaptainAlex Sarkisian[1]
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1947
1949 →
1948 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Michigan 6 0 0     9 0 0
#7 Northwestern 5 1 0     8 2 0
#16 Minnesota 5 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     3 6 0
Indiana 2 4 0     2 7 0
Illinois 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1948 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1948 Big Nine Conference football season. The Wildcats won their first Rose Bowl in school history.

SeasonEdit

Northwestern finished the season with an 8-2 record, losing only to perennial powerhouses Michigan, 28-0, and Notre Dame, 17-12.[2] Northwestern blanked UCLA, 19–0, Purdue, 21–0, and Syracuse, 48–0. NU rallied from three turnovers and a 16-point deficit to defeat Minnesota, 19–16, and beat Ohio State, 21–7, Wisconsin, 16–7, and Illinois, 20–7.[2] Big Nine Conference rules prevented conference champion Michigan from making a successive trip to the Rose Bowl, so second-place Northwestern won the bid instead.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 25at UCLA*W 19–0
October 2PurdueW 21–0
October 9No. 8 MinnesotaNo. 3
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 19–16
October 16at No. 4 MichiganNo. 3L 0–28
October 23Syracuse*No. 10
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 48–0
October 30Ohio StateNo. 9
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 21–7
November 6at WisconsinNo. 10W 16–7
November 13at No. 2 Notre Dame*No. 8L 7–12
November 20IllinoisNo. 7
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois (Rivalry)
W 20–7
January 1vs. No. 5 California*No. 7W 20–14
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1949 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
George Sundheim Back 12 115New York Giants
[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

RosterEdit

  1. 10 Bob Nelson
  2. 11 Loran "PeeWee" Day (halfback and safety)
  3. 14 Gene Miller
  4. 15 Ed Tunnicliff(halfback)
  5. 16 Tom Worthington (halfback)
  6. 19 Bob Meeder
  7. 20 Lloyd Hawkinson
  8. 21 Don Burson (quarterback)
  9. 22 Frank Aschenbrenner (halfback)
  10. 23 Pat Keefe (quarterback)
  11. 25 John Yungwirth
  12. 26 Jim Farrar (extra points)
  13. 29 Dick Flowers (quarterback)
  14. 30 Art Murakowski (fullback)
  15. 32 Armandy Cureau
  16. 33 Ralph Rossi
  17. 34 Gasper Perricone (fullback)
  18. 36 George Hlsbasko
  19. 37 George Sundheim
  20. 42 Johnny Miller
  21. 54 Alex Sarkisian (center). (team captain)
  22. 55 Chuck Petter
  23. 56 Ray Wietecha
  24. 57 Dick Price
  25. 60 Lawrence "Fatso" Day (linemen)
  26. 61 Francis De Pauw
  27. 62 Richard Anderson
  28. 63 Bob Nowicki(guard)
  29. 67 Ed Nemeth (left guard)
  30. 68 Jim Parseigan
  31. 69 LeRoy Pantera
  32. 70 Joe Sewell
  33. 73 Bill Ford
  34. 71 Bill Forman (tackle)
  35. 74 Steve Sawle (tackle)
  36. 75 Rudy Cernoch (tackle)
  37. 77 George Maddock (kick offs)
  38. 79 Dick Eggers
  39. 80 Charles Hagmann (end)
  40. 82 Burton Keddie (end)
  41. 83 Don Stonesifer (end),
  42. 85 Joe Zuravleff (end)
  43. 87 Al Thomas
  44. 88 Littrell Clark
  45. 97 Paul Balog

ReferencesEdit

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