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1978 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1978 record0–10–1 (0–8–1 Big Ten)
Head coachRick Venturi (1st season)
CaptainPat Geegan[1]
CaptainMike Kranz
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1978 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Rick Venturi, the Wildcats compiled a 0–10–1 record (0–8–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Kevin Strasser with 1,526 passing yards, Mike Cammon with 322 rushing yards, and Steve Bogan with 353 receiving yards.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 9at IllinoisT 0–0
September 16at IowaL 3–20
September 23WisconsinL 7–28
September 30at No. 16 Colorado*L 7–55
October 7Arizona State*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–56
October 14at IndianaL 10–38
October 21Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–38
October 28at Ohio StateL 20–63
November 4at No. 14 PurdueL 0–31
November 11No. 7 Michigan
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–59
November 18No. 16 Michigan State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 3–52
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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