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1961 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1961 record4–5 (2–4 Big Ten)
Head coachAra Parseghian (6th season)
CaptainLarry Onesti[1]
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Ohio State 6 0 0     8 0 1
#6/6 Minnesota 6 1 0     8 2 0
#8/9 Michigan State 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/11 Purdue 4 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/18 Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1961 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Ara Parseghian, the Wildcats compiled a 4–5 record (2–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[2][3]

The team's offensive leaders were Tom O'Grady with 322 passing yards, Bill Swingle with 476 rushing yards, and Willie Stinson with 158 receiving yards.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 30Boston College*W 45–0
October 7at IllinoisW 28–7
October 14Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 3–10
October 21No. 7 Ohio State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 0–10
October 28at No. 8 Notre Dame*W 12–10
November 4Indiana
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 14–8
November 11Wisconsin
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 10–29
November 18at No. 9 Michigan StateL 13–21
November 24at Miami (FL)*L 6–10
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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