1982 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1982 Northwestern Wildcats football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1982 record 3–8 (2–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Dennis Green (2nd season)
Home stadium Dyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan $ 8 1 0     8 4 0
No. 12 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 6 2 0     8 4 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 5 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 1 8 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1982 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1982 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Dennis Green, the Wildcats compiled a 3–8 record (2–7 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

On September 25, Northwestern defeated Northern Illinois 31-6 to end the Wildcats' 34-game losing streak, which remains the longest losing streak in FBS/1-A history.[2]

Dennis Green was awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 1982 season. While the team's record is still the worst of any winner's team, their three wins equaled the team's total over the past six seasons.[3]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Sandy Schwab with 2,735 passing yards, Ricky Edwards with 688 rushing yards, and Jon Harvey with 807 receiving yards.[4] Offensive tackle Chris Hinton received first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the Associated Press and the United Press International.[5][6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 4 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 13–49  
September 11 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 0–30  
September 18 Miami (OH)* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 13–27  
September 25 Northern Illinois* Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 31–6  
October 2 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 7–45  
October 9 Minnesota Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 31–21  
October 16 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 21–34  
October 23 Michigan Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 14–49  
October 30 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 20–54  
November 6 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 28–24  
November 13 Ohio State Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL L 28–40  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1982 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Damer, Roy. "Dream come true! NU ends 34-game nightmare". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Coach of the Year Winners". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  4. ^ "1982 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Joe Mooshil (November 30, 1982). "Carter, Bostic, Lukens Top All-Big Ten Football Team". The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (AP story). p. 26. 
  6. ^ Barry Minkoff (November 23, 1982). "Michigan dominates All-Big Ten squads". The Bryan Times (UPI story). p. 13.