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1981 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1981 record0–11 (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coachDennis Green (1st season)
CaptainBobby Anderson[1]
CaptainMike Kerrigan
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15/12 Ohio State § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#18/15 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12/10 Michigan 6 3 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 6 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] Ricky Edwards led the Big Ten with 30 kickoff returns and 611 kickoff return yards.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 12IndianaL 20–21
September 19at Arkansas*L 7–38
September 26Utah*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 0–42
October 3No. 18 Iowa
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 0–64
October 10at MinnesotaL 23–35
October 17Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 0–35
October 24at No. 18 MichiganL 0–38
October 31at WisconsinL 0–52
November 7Michigan State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–61
November 14at Ohio StateL 6–70
November 21Illinois
L 12–49
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1981 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 80 Hinton, ChrisChris Hinton Jr
QB 12 Kerrigan, MikeMike Kerrigan (C) Sr
T 75 Taylor, RobRob Taylor Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 4 Kidd, JohnJohn Kidd So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

ReferencesEdit


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