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==1950==
 
 
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
{{Infobox NCAA team season
|Year=1950
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| Year = 1956
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
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| Team = Northwestern Wildcats
|Image=
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| sport = football
|Conference= Big Ten
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| Image =
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| ImageSize =
|ShortConference=Big Ten
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| Conference = Big Ten Conference
|CoachRank=
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| Division =
|APRank=
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| ShortConference = Big 10
|Record= 6-3
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| CoachRank =
|ConfRecord=3-3
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| APRank =
|HeadCoach= Bob Voigts
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| Record = 4-4-1
|OffCoach=
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| ConfRecord = 3-3-1
|DefCoach=
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| HeadCoach = [[Ara Parseghian]]
|OScheme=
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| HCYear = 1st
|DScheme=
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| OffCoach =
|StadiumArena= [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 52,000)
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| DefCoach =
|Champion=
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| Captain = Ted Ringer<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=7|title=Year-by-Year Results|date=2007|page=148|format=PDF|archive-url=http://web.archive.org/web/20190316165052/http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf|archive-date=2019-03-14|dead-url=no|access-date=2019-03-14}}</ref>
|BowlTourney=
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| Captain2 =
|BowlTourneyResult=
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| Captain3 =
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| OScheme =
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| DScheme =
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| MVP = Al Viola
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| StadiumArena = [[Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
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| Champion =
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| BowlTourney =
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| BowlTourneyResult =
 
}}
 
}}
{{1950 Big Ten football standings}}
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{{1956 Big Ten football standings}}
In the battle for the [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]], the Wildcats defeated the Fighting Illini.
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The '''1956 Northwestern Wildcats team''' was an [[American football]] team that represented [[Northwestern University]] during the [[1956 Big Ten Conference football season]]. In their first year under head coach [[Ara Parseghian]], the Wildcats compiled a 4-4-1 record (3-3-1 against [[Big Ten Conference]] opponents), finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 112 to 107.<ref>{{cite web|title=Northwestern Yearly Results (1955-1959)|publisher=David DeLassus|work=College Football Data Warehouse|accessdate=August 7, 2015|url=http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/northwestern/1955-1959_yearly_results.php}}</ref>
   
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1950|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
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==Schedule==
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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{{CFB schedule
| date = September 30
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| rankyear = 1956
| w/l = w
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Iowa State Cyclones football|Iowa State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 23-13
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 38,473
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = October 7
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Navy Midshipmen football|Navy]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Baltimore, Maryland|Baltimore, MD]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 22-0
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 12,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = October 14
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1950 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-6
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 45,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = October 21
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank = 20
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Pittsburgh Panthers football|Pittsburgh]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 28-23
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 35,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 28
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank = 9
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1950 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison, WI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 45,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 4
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 4
 
| opponent = [[1950 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-32
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 50,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 11
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ross-Ade Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[West Lafayette, Indiana|West Lafayette, IN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 19-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 30,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 18
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1950 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 23-34
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 75,075
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 25
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 50,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1950</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
 
==1951==
 
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
|Year=1951
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record= 5-4
 
|ConfRecord= 2-4
 
|HeadCoach=Bob Voigts
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 52,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1951 Big Ten football standings}}
 
In the battle for the [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]], the Fighting Illini defeated the Wildcats.
 
   
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1951|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
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|{{CFB schedule entry
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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| date = September 29, 1956
| w/l = w
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| w/l = w
| date = September 29
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| nonconf = y
| nonconf = yes
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| rank =
| homecoming =
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| opponent = [[Iowa State Cyclones football|Iowa State]]
| time = no
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| site_stadium = [[Dyche Stadium]]
| rank =
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| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois]]
| away =
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| tv =
| neutral =
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| score = 14-13
| opprank =
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| attend = 31,108
| opponent = [[Colorado Buffaloes football|Colorado]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 35-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 42,000
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = w
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| date = October 6, 1956
| date = October 6
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| w/l = l
| nonconf = yes
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| nonconf = y
| homecoming =
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| rank =
| time = no
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| opponent = [[Tulane Green Wave football|Tulane]]
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Army Black Knights football|Army]]
 
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
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| site_cityst = Evanston, Illinois
| gamename =
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| tv =
| tv =
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| score = 13-20
| score = 20-14
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| attend = 32,000
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = w
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| date = October 13, 1956
| date = October 13
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| w/l = t
| nonconf =
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| away = y
| homecoming =
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| rank =
| time = no
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| opponent = [[1956 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
| rank =
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| opprank = 17
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1951 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (University of Minnesota)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (University of Minnesota)|Memorial Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis, MN]]
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| site_cityst = [[Minneapolis]]
| gamename =
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| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 0-0
| score = 21-7
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| attend = 62,006
| overtime =
 
| attend = 51,915
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = w
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| date = October 20, 1956
| date = October 20
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| w/l = l
| nonconf = yes
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| away = y
| homecoming =
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| rank =
| time = no
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| opponent = [[1956 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
| rank = 18
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| opprank = 8
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Navy Midshipmen football|Navy]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 16-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 27
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank = 13
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 14
 
| opponent = [[1951 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-41
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 50,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 3
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1951 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ohio Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Columbus, Ohio|Columbus, OH]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-3
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 71,089
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 10
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-35
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 38,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 17
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1951 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
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| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan]]
| gamename =
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| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 20-34
| score = 6-0
+
| attend = 81,718
| overtime =
 
| attend = 57,634
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = l
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| date = October 27, 1956
| date = November 24
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| w/l = l
| nonconf =
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| away = y
| homecoming =
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| rank =
| time = no
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| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
| rank =
+
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Indiana University old)|Memorial Stadium]]
| away =
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| site_cityst = [[Bloomington, Indiana]]
| neutral =
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| tv =
| opprank =
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| score = 13-19
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
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| attend = 23,000
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-3
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 52,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}
 
<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1951</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
 
==1952==
 
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
|Year=1952
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record= 2-6-1
 
|ConfRecord=2-5
 
|HeadCoach=Bob Voigts
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 52,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1952 Big Ten football standings}}
 
In the battle for the [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]], the Wildcats defeated the Fighting Illini.
 
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1952|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = September 26
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 16
 
| opponent = [[1952 USC Trojans football team|USC]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles, CA]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-31
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 59,756
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = t
 
| date = October 4
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Vanderbilt Commodores football|Vanderbilt]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 20-20
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 35,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 11
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (University of Minnesota)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis, MN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 26-27
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 46,732
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = l
+
| date = November 3, 1956
| date = October 18
+
| w/l = l
| nonconf =
+
| rank =
| homecoming =
+
| opponent = [[1956 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
| time = no
+
| opprank = 6
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1952 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
+
| site_cityst = Evanston, Illinois
| gamename =
+
| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 2-6
| score = 14-48
+
| attend = 42,000
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
+
|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = w
+
| date = November 10, 1956
| date = October 25
+
| w/l = w
| nonconf =
+
| away = y
| homecoming =
+
| rank =
| time = no
+
| opponent = [[1956 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 23-13
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 30,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 1
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1952 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 21-24
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 35,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 8
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 18
 
| opponent = [[1952 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison, WI]]
+
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin]]
| gamename =
+
| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 17-7
| score = 20-24
+
| attend = 54,645
| overtime =
 
| attend = 52,131
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
+
|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = l
+
| date = November 17, 1956
| date = November 15
+
| w/l = w
| nonconf =
+
| rank =
| homecoming =
+
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Iowa Hawkeyes football|Iowa]]
 
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
+
| site_cityst = Evanston, Illinois
| gamename =
+
| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 14-0
| score = 14-39
+
| attend = 32,000
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
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|{{CFB schedule entry
| w/l = w
+
| date = November 24, 1956
| date = November 22
+
| w/l = w
| nonconf =
+
| rank =
| homecoming =
+
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
| time = no
+
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Champaign)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Champaign, Illinois|Champaign, IL]]
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 28-26
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 41,214
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1952</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
 
==1953==
 
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
|Year=1953
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference= Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record= 3-6
 
|ConfRecord= 0-6
 
|HeadCoach=
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1953 Big Ten football standings}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1953|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = September 26
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Iowa State Cyclones football|Iowa State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 35-0
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 37,960
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = October 3
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Army Black Knights football|Army]]
 
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
+
| site_cityst = Evanston, Illinois
| gamename =
+
| tv =
| tv =
+
| score = 14-13
| score = 33-20
+
| attend = 40,000
| overtime =
 
| attend = 30,000
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 10
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank = 18
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1953 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-30
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 17
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 5
 
| opponent = [[1953 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 12-20
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 64,420
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = October 25
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Pittsburgh Panthers football|Pittsburgh]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 27-21
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 28,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 31
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1953 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ohio Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Columbus, Ohio|Columbus, OH]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-27
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 80,562
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 7
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1953 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-34
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 14
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Indiana University old)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Bloomington, Indiana|Bloomington, IN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 6-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 20,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 21
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-39
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 51,039
 
 
}}
 
}}
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1953</ref>
 
 
{{-}}
 
{{-}}
   
==1954==
+
==Preseason==
{{Infobox NCAA team season
+
On December 9, 1955, Purdue head coach [[Stu Holcomb]] resigned his position and signed a five-year contract as the athletic director at Northwestern.<ref>{{cite news|title=Holcomb Accepts N.U. Challenge: New Director of Athletics Quits Purdue|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Edward Prell|date=December 10, 1955|page=3-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298271/holcomb_accepts_nu_challenge_new/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref> Three days later, Holcomb fired Northwestern head coach [[Lou Saban]] and his entire staff of assistant coaches.<ref>{{cite news|title=Holcomb Drops Saban, N. U. Staff|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|date=December 13, 1956|page=4-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298101/holcomb_drops_saban_n_u_staff/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref> On December 16, Holcomb announced that he had signed Miami (OH) head coach [[Ara Parseghian]] to a three-year contract as the Wildcats' new head coach. Parseghian had led the [[1955 Miami Redskins football team]] to a perfect 9–0 record.<ref>{{cite news|title=Parseghian Named N.U. Football Coach|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|date=December 17, 1956|page=3-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298181/parseghian_named_nu_football_coach/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
|Year=1954
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record=2-7
 
|ConfRecord=1-5
 
|HeadCoach=
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1954 Big Ten football standings}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1954|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = September 25
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Iowa State Cyclones football|Iowa State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 27-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 32,056
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 2
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 9
 
| opponent = [[1954 USC Trojans football team|USC]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-12
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 30,725
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 9
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 18
 
| opponent = [[1954 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (University of Minnesota)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis, MN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-26
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 53,663
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 16
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1954 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 32,972
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 23
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Pittsburgh Panthers football|Pittsburgh]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Pitt Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|Pittsburgh, PA]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 28,862
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 30
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 1
 
| opponent = [[1954 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 41,650
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 6
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 16
 
| opponent = [[1954 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison, WI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-34
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 53,131
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 13
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 25,856
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 20
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Champaign)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Champaign, Illinois|Champaign, IL]]
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 20-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 39,186
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1954</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
   
==1955==
+
==Game summaries==
{{Infobox NCAA team season
+
On September 29, 1956, Northwestern defeated Iowa State, 14–13, before a crowd of 38,000 at [[Dyche Stadium]] in [[Evanston, Illinois]]. With six seconds remaining in the game and Iowa State driving deep into Northwestern territory, Chuck Latting fumbled at the seven-yard line.<ref>{{cite news|title=Wildcats Top Iowa State by 14 to 13|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Howard Barry|date=September 30, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8295041/wildcats_top_iowa_state_by_14_to_13/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
|Year=1955
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record=0-8-1
 
|ConfRecord= 0-6-1
 
|HeadCoach= [[Lou Saban]]
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1955 Big Ten football standings}}
 
   
Future New York Yankees owner [[George Steinbrenner]] was an assistant coach to Lou Saban.<ref>Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p.34, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0</ref> For the season, the Wildcats were winless, and Saban and his coaching staff were dismissed.
+
On October 6, Northwestern lost to [[1956 Tulane Green Wave football team|Tulane]], 20–13, before a crowd of 32,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Tulane scored all 20 of its points in a wild second quarter. Northwestern's Bob McKelver rushed for 116 net yards on 12 carries.<ref>{{cite news|title=Tulane's 2d Quarter Beats N. U., 20 to 13|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Cooper Rollow|date=October 7, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8296338/tulanes_2d_quarter_beats_n_u_20_to/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1955|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = September 24
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Miami RedHawks football|Miami (OH)]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-25
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 35,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 1
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Tulane Green Wave football|Tulane]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Tulane Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[New Orleans, Louisiana|New Orleans, LA]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-21
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 20,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 8
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1955 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-18
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 38,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 15
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 1
 
| opponent = [[1955 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 2-14
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 67,074
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 22
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-20
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 29,700
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 29
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 15
 
| opponent = [[1955 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ohio Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Columbus, Ohio|Columbus, OH]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-49
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 82,214
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 5
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1955 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-41
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 12
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ross-Ade Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[West Lafayette, Indiana|West Lafayette, IN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 8-46
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 27,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = t
 
| date = November 19
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 7-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 35,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1955</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
   
==1956==
+
On October 13, Northwestern and Minnesota (ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll) played to a scoreless tie in front of a crowd of 62,006 at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota had been a 14-point favorite and moved the ball well, out-gaining Northwestern 271 yards to 142. However, the Gophers were unable to score, turning the ball over on fumbles three times, including one at Northwestern's goal line. Heavy rain slowed the teams in the second half.<ref>{{cite news|title=Wildcats and Gophers Play Scoreless Tie!|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Robert Cromie|date=October 14, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8311749/wildcats_and_gophers_play_scoreless_tie/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
|Year=1956
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record=4-4-1
 
|ConfRecord=3-3-1
 
|HeadCoach=
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1956 Big Ten football standings}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1956|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = September 29
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Iowa State Cyclones football|Iowa State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-13
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 31,108
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 6
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Tulane Green Wave football|Tulane]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-20
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 32,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = t
 
| date = October 13
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 17
 
| opponent = [[1956 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (University of Minnesota)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis, MN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-0
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 62,006
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 20
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 8
 
| opponent = [[1956 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Michigan Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 20-34
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 81,718
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 27
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Indiana University old)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Bloomington, Indiana|Bloomington, IN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-19
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 23,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = November 3
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 6
 
| opponent = [[1956 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 2-6
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 42,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 10
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1956 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison, WI]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 17-7
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 54,645
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 17
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-0
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 32,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = w
 
| date = November 24
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 14-13
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 40,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule End|rank=no|poll=|timezone=|hc=no|ncg=}}<ref>http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=100&season=1956</ref>
 
{{-}}
 
   
==1957==
+
On October 20, Michigan (ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll) defeated Northwestern, 34–20, before a Band Day crowd of 81,227 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Fullback [[John Herrnstein]] scored three touchdowns for Michigan.<ref>{{cite news|title=U-M Fights Off Wildcats, 34–20: Herrnstein Runs for 3 Touchdowns|newspaper=Detroit Free Press|author=Hal Middlesworth|date=October 21, 1956|page=1D|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8322399/um_fights_off_wildcats_3420/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
{{Infobox NCAA team season
 
|Year=1957
 
|Team=Northwestern Wildcats
 
|Image=
 
|Conference=Big Ten
 
|Division=
 
|ShortConference=Big Ten
 
|CoachRank=
 
|APRank=
 
|Record=0-9
 
|ConfRecord=0-7
 
|HeadCoach=
 
|OffCoach=
 
|DefCoach=
 
|OScheme=
 
|DScheme=
 
|StadiumArena=[[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]] (Capacity: 55,000)
 
|Champion=
 
|BowlTourney=
 
|BowlTourneyResult=
 
}}
 
{{1957 Big Ten football standings}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Start|time=no|rankyear=1957|ranklink=|attend=yes}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = September 28
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[1957 Stanford Indians football team|Stanford]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Stanford Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Stanford, California|Stanford, CA]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 6-26
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 19,000
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 5
 
| nonconf = yes
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 9
 
| opponent = [[Oregon State Beavers football|Oregon State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Ryan Field (stadium)|Dyche Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston, IL]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 13-22
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 34,500
 
}}
 
{{CFB Schedule Entry
 
| w/l = l
 
| date = October 12
 
| nonconf =
 
| homecoming =
 
| time = no
 
| rank =
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 4
 
| opponent = [[1957 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team|Minnesota]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
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| overtime =
 
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| site_cityst = [[Columbus, Ohio|Columbus, OH]]
 
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| score = 6-47
 
| overtime =
 
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| site_stadium = [[Ross-Ade Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[West Lafayette, Indiana|West Lafayette, IN]]
 
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==1958==
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On October 27, Indiana defeated Northwestern, 19–13, before a homecoming crowd of 23,000 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. The game was tied, 13–13, at halftime. Indiana intercepted a Northwestern pass with four minutes remaining to set up the winning touchdown.<ref>{{cite news|title=Late Indiana Score Beats N.U., 19–13|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Robert Cromie|date=October 28, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8305826/late_indiana_score_beats_nu_1913/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
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On November 3, Ohio State (ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll) defeated Northwestern, 6–2, before a homecoming crowd of 42,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Northwestern guard [[Al Viola]] blocked a punt in the first quarter that rolled out of the end zone for a safety. With 16 seconds left in the first half, Ellwood threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Leo Brown.<ref>{{cite news|title=Buckeyes Overcome Stubborn N.U., 6 to 2, For Big Ten Record of 16 Victories in Row|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Charles Bartlett|date=November 4, 1956|pages=2–1, 2–4|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8307585/msu_gets_back_in_swing_by_blasting/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
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| opprank = 19
 
| opponent = [[1958 Michigan Wolverines football team|Michigan]]
 
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| time = no
 
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| neutral =
 
| opprank = 7
 
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| time = no
 
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| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 5
 
| opponent = [[1958 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
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| gamename =
 
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| score = 21-0
 
| overtime =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 4
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 7
 
| opponent = [[1958 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Camp Randall Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison, WI]]
 
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| score = 13-17
 
| overtime =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 13
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 8
 
| opponent = [[Purdue Boilermakers football|Purdue]]
 
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| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
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| overtime =
 
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| date = November 22
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 20
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Champaign)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Champaign, Illinois|Champaign, IL]]
 
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| tv =
 
| score = 20-27
 
| overtime =
 
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==1959==
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On November 10, Northwestern defeated Wisconsin, 17–7, before a homecoming crowd of 54,645 spectators at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The attendance was the highest in the history of Camp Randall Stadium to that point. Northwestern's first touchdown of the game was scored by center Ted Ringer when he recovered a loose ball in the end zone following a fumble by teammate Wilmer Fowler. The outcome was Northwestern's first conference victory under [[Ara Parseghian]].<ref>{{cite news|title=N.U. Wins, 17–7! Record 54,645 See Wildcats Claw Badgers|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Howard Barry|date=November 11, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8301285/nu_wins_177_record_54645_see/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
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On November 17, Northwestern defeated Purdue, 14–0, before a crowd of 32,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Northwestern recovered five of seven Purdue fumbles and intercepted three passes. Four of the fumbles were recovered by [[Al Viola]]. After the game, Edward Prell wrote in the ''Chicago Tribune'' that Northwestern had in 1956 been "brought back to life by its new 33 year old coach, Ara Parseghian."<ref>{{cite news|title=N.U., Notre Dame Triump; Wildcats Hop on 5 Purdue Fumbles, 14–0|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=Edward Prell|date=November 18, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8297956/nu_notre_dame_triump_wildcats_hop/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
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On November 24, in the annual [[Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry]] game, Northwestern defeated Illinois, 14–13, before a crowd of 40,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Bob McKelver kicked two extra points for Northwestern, which proved to be the difference in a game in which each team scored two touchdowns.<ref>{{cite news|title=N.U. Rallies to Beat Illini, 14–13|newspaper=Chicago Tribune|author=David Condon|date=November 25, 1956|page=2-1|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8297228/nu_rallies_to_beat_illini_1413/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref>
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Two Northwestern players were picked by the [[Associated Press]] (AP) and/or the [[United Press]] (UP) as first-team players on the [[1956 All-Big Ten Conference football team]].<ref>{{cite news|title=Hawk Trio On All Big Ten|newspaper=The Spencer Daily Reporter|date=November 30, 1956|page=4|url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1926&dat=19561129&id=52wrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s9kEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1097,3709370}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Mel Dillard on All-Big Ten Team; Iowa Puts Men in Four Positions|newspaper=Alexandria (IN) Times-Tribune|date=November 30, 1956|page=3|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8299452/mel_dillard_on_allbig_ten_team_iowa/|via=[[Newspapers.com]]}} {{Open access}}</ref> They were:
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| opprank = 2
 
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| site_cityst = [[Ann Arbor, Michigan|Ann Arbor, MI]]
 
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| score = 20-7
 
| overtime =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 2
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Notre Dame Fighting Irish football|Notre Dame]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Notre Dame Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Notre Dame, Indiana|Notre Dame, IN]]
 
| gamename =
 
| tv =
 
| score = 30-24
 
| overtime =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 2
 
| away =
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Indiana Hoosiers football|Indiana]]
 
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| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
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| score = 30-13
 
| overtime =
 
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| date = November 7
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 2
 
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| neutral =
 
| opprank = 9
 
| opponent = [[1959 Wisconsin Badgers football team|Wisconsin]]
 
| site_stadium = Dyche Stadium
 
| site_cityst = Evanston, IL
 
| gamename =
 
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| score = 19-24
 
| overtime =
 
| attend = 55,282
 
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| nonconf =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 6
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank = 19
 
| opponent = [[Michigan State Spartans football|Michigan State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Spartan Stadium (East Lansing)|Spartan Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[East Lansing, Michigan|East Lansing, MI]]
 
| gamename =
 
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| overtime =
 
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| time = no
 
| rank = 8
 
| away = yes
 
| neutral =
 
| opprank =
 
| opponent = [[Illinois Fighting Illini football|Illinois]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Memorial Stadium (Champaign)|Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_cityst = [[Champaign, Illinois|Champaign, IL]]
 
| gamename = [[Sweet Sioux Tomahawk]]
 
| tv =
 
| score = 0-28
 
| overtime =
 
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1956 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1956 record4-4-1 (3-3-1 Big 10)
Head coachAra Parseghian (1st season)
MVPAl Viola
CaptainTed Ringer[1]
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Iowa 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/9 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9/10 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15/NR Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1956 Northwestern Wildcats team was an American football team that represented Northwestern University during the 1956 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Ara Parseghian, the Wildcats compiled a 4-4-1 record (3-3-1 against Big Ten Conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 112 to 107.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 29, 1956Iowa State*W 14-1331,108
October 6, 1956Tulane*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 13-2032,000
October 13, 1956at No. 17 MinnesotaT 0-062,006
October 20, 1956at No. 8 MichiganL 20-3481,718
October 27, 1956at IndianaL 13-1923,000
November 3, 1956No. 6 Ohio State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 2-642,000
November 10, 1956at WisconsinW 17-754,645
November 17, 1956Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 14-032,000
November 24, 1956Illinois
W 14-1340,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game


Preseason

On December 9, 1955, Purdue head coach Stu Holcomb resigned his position and signed a five-year contract as the athletic director at Northwestern.[3] Three days later, Holcomb fired Northwestern head coach Lou Saban and his entire staff of assistant coaches.[4] On December 16, Holcomb announced that he had signed Miami (OH) head coach Ara Parseghian to a three-year contract as the Wildcats' new head coach. Parseghian had led the 1955 Miami Redskins football team to a perfect 9–0 record.[5]

Game summaries

On September 29, 1956, Northwestern defeated Iowa State, 14–13, before a crowd of 38,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Illinois. With six seconds remaining in the game and Iowa State driving deep into Northwestern territory, Chuck Latting fumbled at the seven-yard line.[6]

On October 6, Northwestern lost to Tulane, 20–13, before a crowd of 32,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Tulane scored all 20 of its points in a wild second quarter. Northwestern's Bob McKelver rushed for 116 net yards on 12 carries.[7]

On October 13, Northwestern and Minnesota (ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll) played to a scoreless tie in front of a crowd of 62,006 at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota had been a 14-point favorite and moved the ball well, out-gaining Northwestern 271 yards to 142. However, the Gophers were unable to score, turning the ball over on fumbles three times, including one at Northwestern's goal line. Heavy rain slowed the teams in the second half.[8]

On October 20, Michigan (ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll) defeated Northwestern, 34–20, before a Band Day crowd of 81,227 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Fullback John Herrnstein scored three touchdowns for Michigan.[9]

On October 27, Indiana defeated Northwestern, 19–13, before a homecoming crowd of 23,000 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. The game was tied, 13–13, at halftime. Indiana intercepted a Northwestern pass with four minutes remaining to set up the winning touchdown.[10]

On November 3, Ohio State (ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll) defeated Northwestern, 6–2, before a homecoming crowd of 42,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Northwestern guard Al Viola blocked a punt in the first quarter that rolled out of the end zone for a safety. With 16 seconds left in the first half, Ellwood threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Leo Brown.[11]

On November 10, Northwestern defeated Wisconsin, 17–7, before a homecoming crowd of 54,645 spectators at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The attendance was the highest in the history of Camp Randall Stadium to that point. Northwestern's first touchdown of the game was scored by center Ted Ringer when he recovered a loose ball in the end zone following a fumble by teammate Wilmer Fowler. The outcome was Northwestern's first conference victory under Ara Parseghian.[12]

On November 17, Northwestern defeated Purdue, 14–0, before a crowd of 32,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Northwestern recovered five of seven Purdue fumbles and intercepted three passes. Four of the fumbles were recovered by Al Viola. After the game, Edward Prell wrote in the Chicago Tribune that Northwestern had in 1956 been "brought back to life by its new 33 year old coach, Ara Parseghian."[13]

On November 24, in the annual Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry game, Northwestern defeated Illinois, 14–13, before a crowd of 40,000 at Dyche Stadium in Evanston. Bob McKelver kicked two extra points for Northwestern, which proved to be the difference in a game in which each team scored two touchdowns.[14]

Awards

Two Northwestern players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press (UP) as first-team players on the 1956 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[15][16] They were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Halfback Bob McKelver Northwestern AP
Guard Al Viola Northwestern UP

References

  1. "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 148. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=7.
  2. "Northwestern Yearly Results (1955-1959)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/northwestern/1955-1959_yearly_results.php. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  3. Edward Prell (December 10, 1955). "Holcomb Accepts N.U. Challenge: New Director of Athletics Quits Purdue". Chicago Tribune: p. 3-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298271/holcomb_accepts_nu_challenge_new/. open access
  4. "Holcomb Drops Saban, N. U. Staff". Chicago Tribune: p. 4-1. December 13, 1956. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298101/holcomb_drops_saban_n_u_staff/. open access
  5. "Parseghian Named N.U. Football Coach". Chicago Tribune: p. 3-1. December 17, 1956. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8298181/parseghian_named_nu_football_coach/. open access
  6. Howard Barry (September 30, 1956). "Wildcats Top Iowa State by 14 to 13". Chicago Tribune: p. 2-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8295041/wildcats_top_iowa_state_by_14_to_13/. open access
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