1892 Northwestern Purple football team

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1892 Northwestern Purple football
Conference Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest
1892 record 6–4–2 ( IAANW)
Head coach None
Captain Paul Noyes
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1892 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota $ 3 0 0     5 0 0
Wisconsin 2 2 0     4 3 0
Michigan 1 2 0     7 5 0
Northwestern 1 3 0     6 4 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1892 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1892 college football season. The Wildcats compiled a 6–4–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 140 to 112.[1][2][3] The team played 12 games, five of which were designated as "practice" games and seven of which were designated as official match games. The 1892 season included Northwestern's first games against teams representing Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 1892 Lake View (practice)* Evanston, IL W 14–10  
October 1, 1892 Chicago YMCA (practice)* Evanston, IL W 16–0  
October 1892 Chicago AC (practice)* Chicago L 0–10  
October 12, 1892 Illinois* Champaign, IL T 16–16  
October 15, 1892 Beloit College* Evanston, IL W 36–0  
October 22, 1892 Chicago (practice)* Chicago T 0–0  
October 29, 1892 Michigan Chicago W 10–8  
November 2, 1892 Chicago (practice)* Evanston, IL W 6–4  
November 8, 1892 Minnesota Minneapolis L 12–18  
November 12, 1892 Lake Forest* Evanston, IL W 18–0  
November 19, 1892 Wisconsin Evanston, IL L 6–26  
November 24, 1892 Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI L 6–20  
*Non-conference game.


The starters for the 1892 Northwestern football team were: Pierce (center); McClusky (right guard); C. D. Wilson (left guard); A. H. Culver (right tackle); J. Q. Vandouser (left tackle); J. F. Oates (right end); John Oberne (left end); M. P. Noyes (right halfback); R. E Kennicott (left halfback); F. W. Griffith (quarterback); and R. L. Sheppard (fullback).[2]

Game summaries[edit]


On Saturday, October 29, 1892, Northwestern played its first game against Michigan and defeated the Wolverines, 10–8. Early in the game, Michigan's left tackle Frank Decke recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. George Jewett's kick for goal failed, and Michigan led, 4–0. Northwestern then tied the game when it scored a touchdown but missed the kick for goal. Later in the first half, Northwestern scored another touchdown and kicked its goal for a 10-4 lead at halftime. Michigan scored a touchdown in the second half with George Jewett leading the attack. Michigan's touchdown came on a fluke play when a Northwestern punt from deep in its own territory struck a Michigan rusher and bounced into the end zone. Woodworth fell on the ball for the touchdown. Jewett missed his second kick for goal, a kick that would have tied the game. Despite the missed kicks, the newspapers praised Jewett's play. The Chicago Daily Tribune noted: "In the second half, Jewett the big colored halfback of Ann Arbor, made a number of brilliant rushes."[4] The game was played in 20-minute halves with 1,000 spectators in attendance. Craig of Cornell was the referee.[4][5]

After the game, a large celebration took place on the Northwestern campus in a square on Davis Street. Students blew tin horns, and a large pile of barrels and boxes were set afire. Members of the football team were carried around the fire before the crowd marched to Woman's Hall.[4]


  1. ^ "1892 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b The Syllabus (NW yearbook), 1893, pp. 236-237.
  3. ^ "2017 Northwestern Football Media Guide" (PDF). Northwestern University. p. 106. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Northwestern Beats Ann Arbor: A Sharp and Showy Game on the Local Field Won by Home Talent". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 30, 1892. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Puts up a Stiff Game". Detroit Free Press. October 30, 1892. p. 6.