1897 Northwestern Purple football team

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1897 Northwestern Purple football
Conference Western Conference
1897 record 5–3 (0–2 Western)
Head coach Jesse Van Doozer (1st season)
Captain Joe Hunter
Home stadium Northwestern Field
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 3 0 0     9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0     6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0     6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0     4 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1897 Western Conference football season. In their first and only year under head coach Jesse Van Doozer, the Purple compiled a 5–3 record (0–2 against Western Conference opponents) and finished in sixth place in the Western Conference.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 29Evanston High*
W 6–0
October 9at Beloit*Beloit, WIW 6–0[3]
October 16Iowa*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 6–12[4]
October 23at ChicagoL 6–217,000[5]
October 30Physicians & Surgeons*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 6–0[6]
November 6Rush Medical*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 16–0[7]
November 13Northwestern alumni*
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 25–0
November 25Wisconsin
  • Sheppard Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 0–22[8]
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1897 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2017 Northwestern Football Media Guide" (PDF). Northwestern University. p. 106. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Wins a Hard Game". Chicago Tribune. October 10, 1897. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Purple Is Beaten: Iowa Too Much for the Northwestern Players". Chicago Tribune. October 17, 1897. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Joy at the Midway: Annual Game Won by Chicago from Northwestern; Great Crowd and Game; Maroons Superior at All Times and Win, 21 to 6". Chicago Tribune. October 24, 1897. p. 1-2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Swallow a Bitter Pill: Physicians and Surgeons Humbled by Northwestern University". The Inter Ocean. October 31, 1897. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Down Rush Medics". Chicago Tribune. November 7, 1897. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Badgers in a Walk: Wisconsin Defeats Northwestern at Football". Chicago Tribune. November 26, 1897. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.