|1973 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1973 record||4–7 (4–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||John Pont (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1973 Big Ten football standings|
|#2/3 Ohio State §||7||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
|#6/6 Michigan §||7||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
|§ – 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.
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. 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).
|September 15||Michigan State||W 14–10|
|September 22||at No. 8 Notre Dame*||L 0–44|
|September 29||Pittsburgh*||L 14–21|
|October 6||Ohio*||L 12–14|
|October 13||Iowa||W 31–15|
|October 20||at Purdue||L 10–21|
|October 27||at No. 1 Ohio State||L 0–60|
|November 3||Minnesota||L 43–52|
|November 10||at Indiana||W 21–20|
|November 17||at Wisconsin||L 34–36|
|November 24||Illinois||W 9–6|
- ↑ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 148. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=7.
- ↑ "1973 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1973-schedule.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "1973 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1973.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "1973 AP All Big Ten Football Team". Piqua Daily Call: p. 11. November 27, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/image/43056027/?terms=franklin%2Bgriffin%2Bhoban.
- ↑ "Bucks, Wolves Dominate: Buckeyes Place 10 On All-Big Ten Team". The Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio): p. 11B. November 28, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/image/78749989/?terms=franklin%2Bgriffin%2Bhoban%2B%22united%2Bpress%22.
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