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1973 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1973 record4–7 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Pont (1st season)
CaptainStan Key[1]
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1973 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University in the 1973 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach John Pont, the Wildcats compiled a 4–7 record (4–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mitch Anderson with 1,224 passing yards, Stan Key with 894 rushing yards, and Steve Craig with 479 receiving yards.[3] Four Northwestern players received All-Big Ten honors. They are: (1) tight end Steve Craig (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) linebacker Mike Varty (AP-1, UPI-2); (3) quarterback Mitch Anderson (AP-2, UPI-2); and (4) running back Stan Key (AP-2).[4][5]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 15Michigan StateW 14–10
September 22at No. 8 Notre Dame*L 0–44
September 29Pittsburgh*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–21
October 6Ohio*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 12–14
October 13Iowa
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 31–15
October 20at PurdueL 10–21
October 27at No. 1 Ohio StateL 0–60
November 3Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 43–52
November 10at IndianaW 21–20
November 17at WisconsinL 34–36
November 24Illinois
W 9–6
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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