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1959 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1959 record6–3 (4–3 Big 10)
Head coachAra Parseghian (4th season)
CaptainJames Andreotti[1] (2nd year)
CaptainRon Burton
CaptainGene Gossage
CaptainMike Stock
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 3 0
#NR/16 Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
#13/12 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1959 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth year under head coach Ara Parseghian, the Wildcats compiled a 6–3 record (4–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the Big Ten, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 174 to 134.[2][3] The team rose to #2 in the AP Poll before losing three consecutive games to end the season.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 26No. 2 Oklahoma*No. 10W 45–1327,500
October 3No. 5 IowaNo. 2
  • Iowa Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa
W 14–1025,132
October 10at MinnesotaNo. 2
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 6–056,061
October 17MichiganNo. 2
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
W 20–767,975[4]
October 24at Notre Dame*No. 2W 30–2459,275
October 31IndianaNo. 2
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 30–1351,102
November 7No. 9 WisconsinNo. 2
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 19–2462,964
November 14No. 19 Michigan StateNo. 6
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, Michigan
L 10–1538,421
November 21at IllinoisNo. 8L 0–2832,390
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game


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