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1972 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1972 record2–9 (1–8 Big Ten)
Head coachAlex Agase (9th season)
CaptainJim Anderson[1]
CaptainDave Dybas
CaptainDave Glantz
CaptainJim Lash
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#9/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1972 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their ninth and final year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 2–9 record (1–8 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mitch Anderson with 1,335 passing yards, Greg Boykin with 625 rushing yards, and Jim Lash with 667 receiving yards.[3] Five Northwestern player received All-Big Ten honors. They are: (1) tight end Steve Craig (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) split end Jim Lash (UPI-1); (3) defensive back Greg Strunk (AP-2, UPI-2); (4) defensive lineman Jim Anderson (AP-2); and (5) running back Greg Boykin (AP-2).[4][5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 16at No. 11 MichiganL 0–7
September 23No. 13 Notre Dame*L 0–37
September 30at Pittsburgh*W 27–22
October 7at WisconsinL 14–21
October 14Iowa
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 12–23
October 21at PurdueL 0–37
October 28Indiana
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 23–14
November 4Illinois
L 13–43
November 11at MinnesotaL 29–35
November 18No. 9 Ohio State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–27
November 25at Michigan StateL 14–24
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1972 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Anderson, MitchMitch Anderson So
TE 84 Craig, SteveSteve Craig Jr
T 75 Glantz, DaveDave Glantz (C) Sr
WR 28 Harris, SteveSteve Harris Jr
G 64 Haynes, DonnieDonnie Haynes Jr
G 68 Hiemenz, PaulPaul Hiemenz So
WR 86 Lash, JimJim Lash (C) Sr
C 57 Lilja, LarryLarry Lilja So
T 63 Mishler, LarryLarry Mishler Sr
FB 34 Smith, HaroldHarold Smith Jr
WR 88 Sund, RichRich Sund Sr
FB 39 Trimble, JimJim Trimble So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 74 Anderson, JimJim Anderson (C) Sr
LB 38 Anenen, SteveSteve Anenen Jr
LB 43 Belko, DougDoug Belko So
LB 98 Mason, RobRob Mason So
LB 82 McNamara, PatPat McNamara Sr
LB 33 Patrnchak, CarlCarl Patrnchak So
LB 32 Patrnchak, JoeJoe Patrnchak So
DT 56 Petrak, GeorgeGeorge Petrak Jr
DT 90 Scott, PaulPaul Scott So
DB 18 Strunk, GregGreg Strunk Sr
DB 15 Swanson, GregGreg Swanson Jr
LB 66 Varty, MikeMike Varty Jr
DT 97 Verzino, JoeJoe Verzino Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 23 McGann, MartyMarty McGann Sr
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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