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2005 Northwestern Wildcats football
Sun Bowl, L 38–50 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2005 record7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachRandy Walker (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Dunbar (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Colby (4th season)
CaptainBrett Basanez[1]
CaptainZach Strief
CaptainBarry Cofield
CaptainTim McGarigle
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3/3 Penn State §   0* 1         0* 1  
#4/4 Ohio State §   7 1         10 2  
#15/15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker. This was Randy's last season as the Wildcats' coach, as he would die from a heart attack following the season. The Wildcats finished tied for 3rd place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 5-3.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 AMOhio*ESPNUW 38–1420,115
September 103:00 PMNorthern Illinois*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNCW 38–3735,114
September 179:00 PMat Arizona State*L 21–5255,029
September 2411:00 AMPenn State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2L 29–3424,395
October 811:00 AMNo. 14 Wisconsin
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNW 51–4833,859
October 1511:00 AMat PurdueESPN2W 34–2962,866
October 2211:00 AMat No. 22 Michigan StateESPN2W 49–1474,636
October 296:00 PMNo. 25 MichigandaggerNo. 21
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNL 17–3347,130
November 511:00 AMIowa
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNW 28–2734,550
November 1211:00 AMat No. 10 Ohio StateNo. 25ABCL 7–48105,181
November 1911:00 AMat IllinoisESPN+W 38–2131,465
December 301:00 PMvs. No. 17 UCLA*CBSL 38–5050,426
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

OhioEdit

Northern IllinoisEdit

Arizona StateEdit

Penn StateEdit

WisconsinEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Wisconsin 7 10 10 21 48
• Northwestern 0 10 27 14 51
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:47
  • Game attendance: 33,859
  • Game weather: Overcast; 54°F; wind 17 NE
  • Referee: Dan Capron

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UCLA (Sun Bowl)Edit

The Wildcats were invited to play in the 2005 Sun Bowl. They lost 38-50 to the UCLA Bruins, who staged a 22 point comeback, a record for the Bruins at the time.


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