1920 Northwestern Purple football team

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1920 Northwestern Purple football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1920 record 3–4 (2–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Elmer McDevitt (1st season)
Captain Graham Penfield
Home stadium Northwestern Field
Seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State $ 5 0 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 4 1 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 2 0
Illinois 4 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0     5 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 4 0
Chicago 2 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 6 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1920 Northwestern Purple team represented Northwestern University during the 1920 college football season. In their first year under head coach Elmer McDevitt, the Purple compiled a 3–4 record (2–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 2Knox*W 14–0[3]
October 9Minnesota
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 17–0[4]
October 16at WisconsinL 7–2710,000[5]
October 30vs. IndianaL 7–1012,000[6]
November 6at IowaL 0–20[7]
November 13Purduedagger
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL
W 14–010,000[8]
November 20Notre Dame (rivalry)*
  • Northwestern Field
  • Evanston, IL
L 7–33[9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1920 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. ^ Walter Eckersall (October 3, 1920). "Keeping Eye on Ball Gives 14-0 Win to Purple". Chicago Tribune. p. II-1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ Quin A. Ryan (October 10, 1920). "Purple Upsets Norsemen, 17-0, as Fans Go Wild: Biggest Surprise of Year Is Deserved Win". Chicago Tribune. p. II-1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Wisconsin Triumphs Over Purple". The Wisconsin State Journal. October 17, 1920. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Indiana Wins Slow Grid Contest From Northwestern, 10-7". The Indianapolis Star. October 31, 1920. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ Sec Taylor (November 7, 1920). "Iowa Triumphs Over Purple on Wet Field". The Des Moines Register. pp. Sports 1–2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ Quin Ryan (November 14, 1920). "Purple Eleven Upsets Purdue in 14-0 Combat". Chicago Tribune. pp. II–1, II–2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "Purple Bows To Notre Dame by 33 to 7 Count". Chicago Tribune. November 21, 1920. p. II-1 – via Newspapers.com.