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1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 15
1996 record9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Barnett (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorRon Vanderlinden
CaptainJustin Chabot[1]
CaptainPat Fitzgerald
CaptainMike McGrew
CaptainSteve Schnur
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 48,187)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A college football season. Under head coach Gary Barnett, Northwestern finished the season with a 9–3 record. The Wildcats won a share of the Big Ten Conference title for the second straight year. They faced off against Tennessee in the Florida Citrus Bowl, where the Wildcats lost, 48–28.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 65:30 PMat Wake Forest*No. 13SCCL 27–2821,749
September 142:30 PMat Duke*ABCW 38–1329,321
September 2111:30 AMOhio*SCCW 28–738,148
September 2811:30 AMat IndianaNo. 25ESPNW 35–1736,714
October 511:30 AMNo. 6 MichiganNo. 22
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPNW 17–1648,187
October 1211:30 AMMinnesotaNo. 15
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPN2W 26–2435,848
October 1911:30 AMat WisconsinNo. 14ESPN2W 34–3079,576
October 2611:00 AMIllinoisNo. 11
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
ESPN+W 27–2448,187
November 22:30 PMat No. 15 Penn StateNo. 11ABCL 9–3496,596
November 92:30 PMat No. 23 IowaNo. 18ABCW 40–1370,397
November 161:00 PMPurdueNo. 13
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 27–2441,178
January 112:00 PMvs. No. 9 Tennessee*No. 11ABCL 28–4863,467
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 32 Autry, AdrianAdrian Autry Jr
RB 24 Autry, DarnellDarnell Autry Jr
WR 5 Bates, D'WayneD'Wayne Bates So
G 61 Chabot, JustinJustin Chabot (C) Sr
QB 8 Hughes, TimTim Hughes Sr
T 74 Janus, PaulPaul Janus Sr
WR 22 Musso, BrianBrian Musso Jr
QB 10 Schnur, SteveSteve Schnur (C) Sr
WR 25 Swenson, JeffJeff Swenson Jr
TE 84 Tant, JayJay Tant Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 33 Collier, EricEric Collier Sr
DE 36 Dailey, CaseyCasey Dailey Jr
LB 51 Fitzgerald, PatPat Fitzgerald (C) Sr
LB 55 Gardner, BarryBarry Gardner So
CB 3 Ismaeli, HudhaifaHudhaifa Ismaeli Jr
LB 44 Lozowski, KeithKeith Lozowski Sr
DT 94 Reiff, JoeJoe Reiff Sr
DT 95 Rice, MattMatt Rice Sr
DT 96 Robey, RayRay Robey Sr
LB 59 Ross, JasonJason Ross Jr
LB 52 Scharf, TimTim Scharf Sr
DE 90 Schmidt, ThorThor Schmidt So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 14 Burton, PaulPaul Burton Sr
K 13 Gowins, BrianBrian Gowins Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

AP 18 15 13 NR NR 25 22 15 14 11 11 18 13 11 11 10 11 15

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Coaches 19 18 NR NR NR NR 18 15 12 10 18 14 11 11 12 11 16

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[2]

Game summariesEdit

Wake ForestEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1993 W 26–14


DukeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–6 1990 L 24–27


OhioEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1973 L 12–14


IndianaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–31–1 1995 W 31–7

MichiganEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–45–2 1995 W 19–13


MinnesotaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–45–5 1995 W 27–17


WisconsinEdit

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
by Quarter1234 Total
Wildcats 7 7 6 14 34
Badgers 10 3 3 14 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–50–5 1995 W 35–0

[3]


IllinoisEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
37–47–5 1995 W 17–14


Penn StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 1995 W 21–10


IowaEdit

#18 Northwestern at #23 Iowa
by Quarter1234 Total
Wildcats 3 10 13 14 40
Hawkeyes 0 7 0 6 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–41–3 1995 W 31–20

[4]


PurdueEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–40–1 1995 W 23–8


Florida Citrus BowlEdit

#9 Tennessee vs. #11 Northwestern
by Quarter1234 Total
Volunteers 21 10 7 10 48
Wildcats 0 21 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Darnell Autry Running back4 105 Chicago Bears
Tim Scharf Linebacker6 164 New York Jets
Hudhaifa IsmaeliDefensive back7 203 Miami Dolphins

[5]

ReferencesEdit

Template:Big Ten Conference football champions

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