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1971 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1971 record7–4 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coachAlex Agase (8th season)
CaptainMaurie Daigneau[1]
CaptainEric Hutchinson
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/4 Michigan 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1971 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 7–4 record (6–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,733 passing yards, Al Robinson with 881 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 674 receiving yards.[3] Ten Northwestern players received honors on the 1971 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) Maurie Daigneau (AP-1; UPI-1); (2) running back Al Robinson (AP-2); (3) wide receiver Barry Pearson (AP-1; UPI-1); (4) offensive tackle Tom McCreight (AP-1); (5) defensive end Wil Hemby (UPI-2); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (UPI-2); (7) linebacker John Voorhees (AP-2); and defensive ends (8) Eric Hutchinson (AP-1; UPI-1); (9) Jerry Brown (AP-2); and (10) Jack Duston (UPI-2).[4][5][6] Eric Hutchinson was also selected as a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.[7]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 11No. 4 MichiganNo. 20L 6–21
September 18at No. 2 Notre Dame*L 7–50
September 25Syracuse*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 12–6
October 2Wisconsin
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 24–11
October 9at IowaW 28–3
October 16No. 20 Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 20–21
October 23at IndianaW 24–10
October 30at IllinoisL 7–24
November 6Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 41–20
November 13at No. 16 Ohio StateW 14–10
November 20No. 19 Michigan State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 28–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1971 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 84 Craig, SteveSteve Craig So
QB 12 Daigneau, MaurieMaurie Daigneau (C) Sr
WR 86 Lash, JimJim Lash So
WR 21 Pearson, BarryBarry Pearson Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 66 Varty, MikeMike Varty So
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

ReferencesEdit


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