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1979 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1979 record1–10 (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coachRick Venturi (2nd season)
CaptainKevin Berg[1]
CaptainMike Fiedler
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Rick Venturi, the Wildcats compiled a 1–10 record (0–9 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Kerrigan with 961 passing yards, Jeff Cohn with 426 rushing yards, and Todd Sheets with 614 receiving yards.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 8at No. 7 MichiganL 7–49
September 15Wyoming*W 27–22
September 22Syracuse*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 21–54
September 29at MinnesotaL 8–38
October 6at No. 8 Ohio StateL 7–16
October 13Iowa
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 6–58
October 20at IndianaL 0–30
October 27at No. 16 PurdueL 16–20
November 3Michigan State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 7–42
November 10at WisconsinL 3–28
November 17Illinois
L 13–29
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1979 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Kerrigan, MikeMike Kerrigan So
T 55 Reitz, PhilPhil Reitz Sr
T 75 Taylor, RobRob Taylor So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 80 Hinton, ChrisChris Hinton Fr
DT 74 Wells, NormNorm Wells Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Norm Wells Guard 12 330 Dallas Cowboys

ReferencesEdit


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