|1978 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1978 record||0–10–1 (0–8–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Rick Venturi (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1978 Big Ten football standings|
|#5/5 Michigan §||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#12/NR Michigan State §||7||–||1||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
|§ – 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.
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.
|September 9||at Illinois||T 0–0|
|September 16||at Iowa||L 3–20|
|September 23||Wisconsin||L 7–28|
|September 30||at No. 16 Colorado*||L 7–55|
|October 7||Arizona State*||L 14–56|
|October 14||at Indiana||L 10–38|
|October 21||Minnesota||L 14–38|
|October 28||at Ohio State||L 20–63|
|November 4||at No. 14 Purdue||L 0–31|
|November 11||No. 7 Michigan||L 14–59|
|November 18||No. 16 Michigan State||L 3–52|
- "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.
- "1978 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1978-schedule.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "1978 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1978.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
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