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1970 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1970 record6–4 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachAlex Agase (7th season)
MVPMike Adamle
CaptainMike Adamle[1]
CaptainJoel Hall
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Ohio State 7 0 0     9 1 0
#9/7 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (6–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,228 passing yards, Mike Adamle with 1,255 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 552 receiving yards.[3] Eight Northwestern players received honors on the 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) halfback Mike Adamle (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) flanker Barry Pearson (AP-1); (3) tackle John Rodman (AP-1, UPI-2); (4) guard Mike Sikich (AP-1, UPI-1); (5) center John Zigulich (UPI-1); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (AP-2); (7) defensive back Eric Hutchinson (AP-1, UPI-1); and (8) defensive back Rick Telander (AP-2).[4][5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 19No. 6 Notre Dame*L 14–35
September 26at No. 15 UCLA*L 7–12
October 3SMU*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 20–21
October 10Illinois
W 48–0
October 17at WisconsinW 24–14
October 24Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 38–14
October 31at No. 2 Ohio StateNo. 20L 10–24
November 7Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 28–14
November 14at IndianaW 21–7
November 21at Michigan StateNo. 18W 23–20
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 34 Adamle, MikeMike Adamle (C) Sr
TE 84 Craig, SteveSteve Craig Fr
QB 12 Daigneau, MaurieMaurie Daigneau Jr
G 67 Dickinson, TomTom Dickinson Jr
T 71 Gary, PaulPaul Gary Jr
G 54 Sikich, MikeMike Sikich Sr
WR 86 Lash, JimJim Lash So
TE 92 McCreight, TomTom McCreight Jr
WR 21 Pearson, BarryBarry Pearson Jr
T 72 Rodman, JohnJohn Rodman Sr
QB 15 Shelbourne, DaveDave Shelbourne Sr
C 55 Zigulich, JoeJoe Zigulich Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 74 Anderson, JimJim Anderson So
DT 93 Bliss, FrankFrank Bliss So
DE 78 Combs, JerryJerry Combs So
DB 29 Coughlin, MikeMike Coughlin Jr
LB 93 Derning, JackJack Derning Jr
DB 27 Dustin, JackJack Dustin Jr
LB 66 Hall, JoelJoel Hall (C) Sr
DE 89 Hemby, WillWill Hemby Jr
DB 32 Hutchinson, EricEric Hutchinson Jr
LB 82 McNamara, PatPat McNamara So
DB 35 White, DanDan White Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Mike Adamle Running back 4 120 Kansas City Chiefs
Rick Telander Defensive back 8 198 Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

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