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1982 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1982 record3–8 (2–7 Big Ten)
Head coachDennis Green (2nd season)
CaptainChris Hinton[1]
CaptainRich Raffin
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#NR/15 Michigan 8 1 0     8 4 0
#12/12 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 6 2 0     8 4 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 5 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 1 8 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1982 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1982 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Dennis Green, the Wildcats compiled a 3–8 record (2–7 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

On September 25, Northwestern defeated Northern Illinois 31-6 to end the Wildcats' 34-game losing streak, which remains the longest losing streak in FBS/1-A history.[3]

Dennis Green was awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 1982 season. While the team's record is still the worst of any winner's team, their three wins equaled the team's total over the past six seasons.[4]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Sandy Schwab with 2,735 passing yards, Ricky Edwards with 688 rushing yards, and Jon Harvey with 807 receiving yards.[5] Offensive tackle Chris Hinton received first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the Associated Press and the United Press International.[6][7]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 4at IllinoisL 13–49
September 11at IndianaL 0–30
September 18Miami (OH)*L 13–27
September 25Northern Illinois*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 31–6
October 2at IowaL 7–45
October 9Minnesota
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
W 31–21
October 16at PurdueL 21–34
October 23Michigan
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 14–49
October 30at WisconsinL 20–54
November 6at Michigan StateW 28–24
November 13Ohio State
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, IL
L 28–40
  • *Non-conference game

PersonnelEdit

  • QB Sandy Schwab, Fr

ReferencesEdit


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