1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 15
Record9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorRon Vanderlinden (5th season)
Captains
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 48,187)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1     11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1     9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2     11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2     9 3  
No. 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

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.

Schedule

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

Roster

1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 32 Adrian Autry Jr
RB 24 Darnell Autry Jr
WR 5 D'Wayne Bates So
G 61 Justin Chabot (C) Sr
QB 8 Tim Hughes Sr
T 74 Paul Janus Sr
WR 22 Brian Musso Jr
QB 10 Steve Schnur (C) Sr
WR 25 Jeff Swenson Jr
TE 84 Jay Tant Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 33 Eric Collier Sr
DE 36 Casey Dailey Jr
LB 51 Pat Fitzgerald (C) Sr
LB 55 Barry Gardner So
CB 3 Hudhaifa Ismaeli Jr
LB 44 Keith Lozowski Sr
DT 94 Joe Reiff Sr
DT 95 Matt Rice Sr
DT 96 Ray Robey Sr
LB 59 Jason Ross Jr
LB 52 Tim Scharf Sr
DE 90 Thor Schmidt So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 14 Paul Burton Sr
K 13 Brian Gowins Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Rankings

Further information: 1996 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked.
Week
PollPre12345678910111213141516Final
AP18151325221514111118131111101115
Coaches19181815121018141111121116

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Game summaries

Wake Forest

See also: 1996 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

Duke

See also: 1996 Duke Blue Devils football team

Ohio

See also: 1996 Ohio Bobcats football team

Indiana

See also: 1996 Indiana Hoosiers football team

Michigan

See also: 1996 Michigan Wolverines football team

Minnesota

See also: 1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

Wisconsin

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Wildcats 7 7614 34
Badgers 10 3314 30

See also: 1996 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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Illinois

See also: 1996 Illinois Fighting Illini football team and Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry

Penn State

See also: 1996 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

Iowa

#18 Northwestern at #23 Iowa
1 234Total
Wildcats 3 101314 40
Hawkeyes 0 706 13

See also: 1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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Purdue

See also: 1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team

Florida Citrus Bowl

#9 Tennessee vs. #11 Northwestern
1 234Total
Volunteers 21 10710 48
Wildcats 0 2107 28

See also: 1996 Tennessee Volunteers football team and 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl

Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NFL

Main article: 1997 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Darnell Autry Running back 4 105 Chicago Bears
Tim Scharf Linebacker 6 164 New York Jets
Hudhaifa Ismaeli Defensive back 7 203 Miami Dolphins

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References

  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 149. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "Northwestern 1996 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Northwestern vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. October 19, 1996. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Northwestern vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 9, 1996. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2019-06-23.