|1986 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1986 record||4–7 (2–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Francis Peay (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1986 Big Ten football standings|
|#8/7 Michigan §||7||–||1||–||0||11||–||2||–||0|
|#7/6 Ohio State §||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
|§ – Conference co-champions |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1986 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach Francis Peay, the Wildcats compiled a 4–7 record (2–6 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Greenfield with 1,653 passing yards, Stanley Davenport with 703 rushing yards, and Curtis Duncan with 437 receiving yards. Kicker John Duvic was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten player by the Associated Press, while tight end Rich Borresen received first-team All-Big Ten honors from the UPI.
|September 6||Duke*||L 6–17|
|September 20||Army*||W 25–18|
|September 27||at Princeton*||W 37–0|
|October 4||Indiana||L 7–24|
|October 11||at Minnesota||L 23–44|
|October 18||Wisconsin||L 27–35|
|October 25||at No. 11 Iowa||L 20–27|
|November 1||Purdue||L 16–17|
|November 8||at No. 11 Ohio State||L 9–30|
|November 15||Michigan State||W 24–21|
|November 22||at Illinois||W 23–18|
- Stanley Davenport, Jr.
- QB Mike Greenfield, Jr.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "1986 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1986-schedule.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "1986 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1986.html. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- ↑ "Harbaugh heads All-Big Ten team". The Michigan Daily: p. 8. November 26, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19861126&id=1A5KAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vx4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1069,3998533.
- ↑ "Woodson, Waiters Both All-Big Ten". Logansport Pharos-Tribune: p. 10. November 25, 1986. https://www.newspapers.com/image/16937786/?terms=UPI%2B%22all-big%2Bten%22.
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