|1981 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1981 record||0–11 (0–9 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Dennis Green (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1981 Big Ten football standings|
|#15/12 Ohio State §||6||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|#18/15 Iowa §||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|§ – Conference co-champions |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1981 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Dennis Green, the Wildcats compiled a 0–11 record (0–9 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference. The team played its home games at Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Illinois.
Northwestern finished the season in the midst of a 34-game losing streak, the longest in NCAA Division I-A history. The streak began on September 22, 1979, and ended on September 25, 1982.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Kerrigan with 1,317 passing yards, Jim Browne with 162 rushing yards, and Chris Hinton with 265 receiving yards. Ricky Edwards led the Big Ten with 30 kickoff returns and 611 kickoff return yards.
|September 12||Indiana||L 20–21|
|September 19||at Arkansas*||L 7–38|
|September 26||Utah*||L 0–42|
|October 3||No. 18 Iowa||L 0–64|
|October 10||at Minnesota||L 23–35|
|October 17||Purdue||L 0–35|
|October 24||at No. 18 Michigan||L 0–38|
|October 31||at Wisconsin||L 0–52|
|November 7||Michigan State||L 14–61|
|November 14||at Ohio State||L 6–70|
|November 21||Illinois||L 12–49|
|1981 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster|
| Special teams
- ↑ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 149. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=8.
- ↑ "1981 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1981-schedule.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "Worst college football teams of all time". ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/page2/s/list/colfootball/teams/worst.html. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- ↑ "1981 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1981.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/big-ten/1981.html. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
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