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2011 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionLegends Division
2011 record6–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (6th as HC) (10th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (4th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (4th season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
CaptainJordan Mabin[1]
CaptainAl Netter (2nd year)
CaptainDan Persa (2nd year)
CaptainBrian Peters
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#11 Michigan State xy   7 1         11 3  
#12 Michigan   6 2         11 2  
#24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders
#10 Wisconsin xy   6 2         11 3  
Penn State   0* 2         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant

The 2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his sixth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They are members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 3–4 in Big Ten play to finish in fifth place in the Legends Division. They were invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas where they were defeated by Texas A&M 22–33.

Previous seasonEdit

In 2010 the Wildcats had a 7–6 record, ending the season with a 45–38 loss to Texas Tech in the 2011 TicketCity Bowl.

PreseasonEdit

Conference divisionsEdit

Starting in 2011, the Big Ten Conference created two divisions, "Legends" and "Leaders", following the University of Nebraska's membership into the conference. Northwestern was placed in the "Legends" division, with the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska joining them.[2]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule is as follows:[3]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 AMat Boston College*ESPNUW 24–1737,561[4]
September 102:30 PMEastern Illinois*BTNW 42–2128,042[5]
September 172:30 PMat Army*CBSSNL 14–2135,784[6]
October 111:00 AMat No. 22 IllinoisESPN2L 35–3853,243[7]
October 86:00 PMNo. 11 Michigan
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, Illinois
BTNL 24–4247,330[8]
October 156:00 PMat IowaBTNL 31–4170,585[9]
October 226:00 PMNo. 22 Penn Statedagger
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, Illinois
BTNL 24–3440,004[10]
October 2911:00 AMat IndianaBTNW 59–3839,239[11]
November 52:30 PMat No. 9 NebraskaBTNW 28–2585,115[12]
November 1211:00 AMRice*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, Illinois
BTNW 28–626,886[13]
November 1911:00 AMMinnesota
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, Illinois
BTNW 28–1326,215[14]
November 2611:00 AMNo. 10 Michigan State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, Illinois
BTNL 17–3132,172[15]
December 3111:00 AMTexas A&M*ESPNL 22–3368,395[16]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Regular seasonEdit

Boston CollegeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 3 7 7 7 24
Boston College 3 7 0 7 17
[17]
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
2–1 1993 NU, 22–21

Eastern IllinoisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Eastern Illinois 0 7 7 7 21
Northwestern 14 14 7 7 42
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
0–0 First Meeting

ArmyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 7 0 7 14
Army 7 0 7 7 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
3–1 1988 Army, 23–7

IllinoisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 14 14 7 35
Illinois 7 3 7 21 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[21]
46–53–5 2010 Ill, 48–27

MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 7 7 14 14 42
Northwestern 14 10 0 0 24
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
15–52–2 2008 NU, 21–14

IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 7 10 14 31
Iowa 10 7 0 24 41
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
23–46–3 2010 NU, 21–17

Penn StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Penn State 14 13 7 0 34
Northwestern 14 10 0 0 24
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[24]
3–11 2010 PSU, 35–21

IndianaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 17 21 14 7 59
Indiana 7 14 10 7 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
44–34–1 2010 NU, 20–17

NebraskaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 7 0 7 14 28
Nebraska 0 3 7 15 25

[26]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[27]
2–3 2000 UNL, 66–17

RiceEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Rice 0 0 0 6 6
Northwestern 7 14 0 7 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[28]
3–4 2010 NU, 30–13

MinnesotaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Minnesota 7 3 0 3 13
Northwestern 21 0 0 7 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[29]
31–50–5 2010 NU, 29–28

Michigan StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan State 3 14 7 7 31
Northwestern 0 3 7 7 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[30]
16–35 2010 MSU, 35–27

Meineke Car Care Bowl of TexasEdit

Texas A&MEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Texas A&M 3 17 10 3 33
Northwestern 0 7 0 15 22
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
0–0 First Meeting

RankingsEdit

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

2011 Northwestern Wildcats roster[31][32]

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 4 Adonis Smith – Sophomore
  • 21 Jordan Perkins – Freshman
  • 22 Treyvon Green – Freshman
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Mike Trumpy – Sophomore
  • 34 Tyris Jones – Junior
  • 39 Jacob Schmidt – Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 5 Venric MarkSophomore
  • 6 Charles Brown – Senior
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Junior
  • 11 Jeremy Ebert – Senior
  • 12 Tony Jones – Sophomore
  • 14 Christian Jones – Freshman
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Sophomore
  • 23 E.J. Webb – Freshman
  • 27 Cermak Bland – Freshman
  • 80 Mike Jensen – Sophomore
  • 81 Cameron Dickerson – Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton – Sophomore
  • 86 Brendan Barber – Junior
  • 88 Torin Dupper – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Pierre Youngblood-Ary – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 9 Drake DunsmoreSenior
  • 40 Brett Nagel – Junior
  • 82 John Plasencia – Sophomore
  • 83 Jack Konopka – Freshman
  • 85 Mark Szott – Freshman
 

Offensive Line

  • 53 Geoff Mogus – Freshman
  • 57 Matt Frazier – Freshman
  • 61 Alex Pietrzak – Freshman
  • 62 Taylor Paxton – Sophomore
  • 64 Doug Bartels – Senior
  • 65 Ben Burkett – Senior
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Hayden Baker – Redshirt Freshman
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Junior
  • 71 Shane Mertz – Freshman
  • 72 Brian Mulroe – Junior
  • 73 Colin Armstrong – Senior
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Junior
  • 75 Al Netter (C)Senior
  • 76 Brian Smith – Sophomore
  • 78 Paul Jorgensen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Junior

Defensive Line

  • 42 Kevin Watt – Senior
  • 55 Bo Cisek – Junior
  • 58 Max Chapman – Freshman
  • 60 Jake Gregus – Sophomore
  • 67 Sean McEvilly – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 C.J. Robbins – Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams – Junior
  • 90 Jack DiNardo – Senior
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt – Junior
  • 92 Will Hampton – Sophomore
  • 93 Niko Mafuli – Senior
  • 94 Vince Browne – Senior
  • 95 Davon Custis – Sophomore
  • 96 Anthony Battle – Sophomore
  • 97 Tyler Scott – Sophomore
  • 98 Deonte Gibson – Freshman
  • 99 Chance Carter – Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Stone Pinckney – Junior
  • 33 David Nwabuisi – Junior
  • 35 Ben Johnson – Senior
  • 41 Doug Diedrick – Freshman
  • 43 Tim Riley – Sophomore
  • 44 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 45 Collin Ellis – Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Damien Proby – Sophomore
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Junior
  • 50 Timmy Vernon – Sophomore
  • 51 Bryce McNaul – Senior
  • 54 Drew Smith – Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien – Sophomore

Defensive backs

  • 15 Daniel Jones – Redshirt Freshman
  • 16 Davion Fleming – Sophomore
  • 18 Matt Carpenter – Freshman
  • 19 Jimmy Hall – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Austin Kassner – Freshman
  • 23 Nick VanHoose – Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim CampbellRedshirt Freshman
  • 25 Jarrell Williams – Freshman
  • 36 Mike Eshun – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 Joe Cannon – Redshirt Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Jeravin Matthews – Senior
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Tim Weak – Junior
  • 21 Mike Bolden – Senior
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Junior
  • 26 Jordan Mabin (C)Senior
  • 47 Ricky Weina – Senior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Junior
  • 10 Brian Peters (C)Senior
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Junior
  • 32 David Arnold – Senior
 

Punters

  • 31 Chris Gradone – Freshman
  • 49 Brandon Williams – Sophomore

Kickers

  • 34 Steve Flaherty – Junior
  • 37 Jeff Budzien – Sophomore
  • 38 Arthur Omilian – Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 59 Pat Hickey – Sophomore
Head coach
Coordinators/Assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates – Linebackers Coach
  • Jerry Brown – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
  • Adam Cushing – Offensive Line Coach
  • Mike Hankwitz – Defensive Coordinator
  • Bob Heffner – Superbacks Coach
  • Marty Long – Defensive Line Coach
  • Matt MacPherson – Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Mick McCall – Offensive Coordinator/QB's Coach
  • Dennis Springer – Wide Receivers Coach

Legend

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