1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1970 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1970 record 6–4 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Alex Agase (7th season)
MVP Mike Adamle
Home stadium Dyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (6–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,228 passing yards, Mike Adamle with 1,255 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 552 receiving yards.[2] Eight Northwestern players received honors on the 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) halfback Mike Adamle (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) flanker Barry Pearson (AP-1); (3) tackle John Rodman (AP-1, UPI-2); (4) guard Mike Sikich (AP-1, UPI-1); (5) center John Zigulich (UPI-1); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (AP-2); (7) defensive back Eric Hutchinson (AP-1, UPI-1); and (8) defensive back Rick Telander (AP-2).[3][4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19 No. 6 Notre Dame* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Rivalry) L 14–35  
September 26 at No. 15 UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 7–12  
October 3 SMU* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 20–21  
October 10 Illinois Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 48–0  
October 17 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 24–14  
October 24 Purdue Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 38–14  
October 31 at No. 2 Ohio State No. 20 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 10–24  
November 7 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 28–14  
November 14 at Indiana Seventeenth Street StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–7  
November 21 at Michigan State No. 18 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 23–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Roster[edit]

1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 34 Mike Adamle Sr
TE 84 Steve Craig Fr
QB 12 Maurie Daigneau Jr
G 67 Tom Dickinson Jr
T 71 Paul Gary Jr
G 54 Mike Sikich Sr
WR 86 Jim Lash So
TE 92 Tom McCreight Jr
WR 21 Barry Pearson Jr
T 72 John Rodman Sr
QB 15 Dave Shelbourne Sr
C 55 Joe Zigulich Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 74 Jim Anderson So
DT 93 Frank Bliss So
DE 78 Jerry Combs So
DB 29 Mike Coughlin Jr
LB 93 Jack Derning Jr
DB 27 Jack Dustin Jr
LB 66 Joel Hall Sr
DE 89 Will Hemby Jr
DB 32 Eric Hutchinson Jr
LB 82 Pat McNamara So
DB 35 Dan White Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Mike Adamle Running back 4 120 Kansas City Chiefs
Rick Telander Defensive back 8 198 Kansas City Chiefs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1970 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "1970 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bucks, Michigan Top All-Big Ten Team". Jacksonville (Ill.) Journal. December 1, 1970. p. 10. 
  4. ^ "Buckeyes place 6 on all-Big Ten team". The Bryan Times (AP story). November 27, 1970. p. 10.