1974 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1974 record3–8 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Pont (2nd season)
CaptainPaul Hiemenz[1]
CaptainLarry Lilja
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1974 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach John Pont, the Wildcats compiled a 3–8 record (2–6 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mitch Anderson with 1,282 passing yards, Jim Pooler with 949 rushing yards, and Scott Yelvington with 417 receiving yards.[3] Three Northwestern players received All-Big Ten honors: (1) offensive tackle Paul Hiemenz (AP-1; UPI-2); (2) wide receiver Steve Yelvington (AP-2); and (3) running back Jim Pooler (AP-2).[4][5][6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 14at Michigan StateL 7–41
September 21No. 1 Notre Dame*L 3–49
September 28at No. 10 Nebraska*L 7–49
October 5Oregon*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 14–10
October 12at IowaL 10–35
October 19Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 26–31
October 26No. 1 Ohio State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 7–55
November 2at MinnesotaW 21–13
November 9Indiana
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 24–22
November 16Wisconsin
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 7–52
November 23at IllinoisL 14–28
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit | edit source]

1974 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Anderson, MitchMitch Anderson Sr
RB 44 Boothe, RichRich Boothe Jr
RB 20 Boykin, GregGreg Boykin Jr
QB 3 Dean, RandyRandy Dean So
T 74 Dembowski, RichRich Dembowski Jr
T 68 Hiemenz, PaulPaul Hiemenz (C) Sr
C 57 Lilja, LarryLarry Lilja (C) Sr
RB 24 Pooler, JimJim Pooler Jr
G 67 Ruff, MarkMark Ruff Sr
G 62 Shambley, DeWayneDeWayne Shambley So
WR 46 Stevens, BillBill Stevens Sr
FB 39 Trimble, JimJim Trimble Sr
TE 95 Yelvington, ScottScott Yelvington So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 58 Andler, MikeMike Andler Sr
DB 8 Baske, DougDoug Baske Sr
DE 43 Belko, DougDoug Belko Sr
DT 93 Holliday, JohnJohn Holliday Jr
DT 86 Kuceyeski, RandyRandy Kuceyeski Jr
DE 98 Mason, RobRob Mason Sr
LB 33 Patrnchak, CarlCarl Patrnchak Sr
LB 32 Patrnchak, JoeJoe Patrnchak Sr
DE 13 Phillips, D. R.D. R. Phillips Sr
SS 22 Shaw, PetePete Shaw Jr
DB Dean, RobertRobert Dean So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit | edit source]


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