1961 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1961 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1961 record 4–5 (2–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Ara Parseghian (6th season)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State $ 6 0 0     8 0 1
No. 6 Minnesota 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 8 Michigan State 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 12 Purdue 4 2 0     6 3 0
Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Ara Parseghian, the Wildcats compiled a 4–5 record (2–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.[1][2]

The team's offensive leaders were Tom O'Grady with 322 passing yards, Bill Swingle with 476 rushing yards, and Willie Stinson with 158 receiving yards.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 30 Boston College* Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 45–0    
October 7 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois (Rivalry) W 28–7    
October 14 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois L 3–10    
October 21 No. 7 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois L 0–10    
October 28 at No. 8 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, Indiana (Rivalry) W 12–10    
November 4 Indiana Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois W 14–8    
November 11 Wisconsin Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois L 10–29    
November 18 at No. 9 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan L 13–21    
November 24 at Miami (FL)* Miami Orange BowlMiami L 6–10    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northwestern Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1961 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1961 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2015.