Northwestern Wildcats football statistical leaders

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The Northwestern Wildcats football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Northwestern Wildcats football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders, the Wildcats represent Northwestern University in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Northwestern began competing in intercollegiate football in 1876,[1] records from before the 1950s are often incomplete and inconsistent, so players from then may not make it onto these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since the 1950s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Wildcats have played in 10 bowl games since the decision, allowing many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

Passing[edit]

Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]

Receiving[edit]

Receptions[edit]

Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[24]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]

Defense[edit]

Interceptions[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Sacks[edit]

Kicking[edit]

Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2017 Northwestern Wildcats Media Guide" (PDF). NUSports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  2. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". ESPN.com. AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Clayton Thorson". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Auburn's field goal in OT holds up as Northwestern's trick play fails". ESPN.com. 2010-01-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "Northwestern 48, Michigan St. 41, OT". ESPN.com. 2007-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b c "Frogs miss first FG, hit second in OT; Wildcats miss both". ESPN.com. 2004-09-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Northwestern 49, Minnesota 48, OT". ESPN.com. 2007-10-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Northwestern hands Purdue fourth straight loss". ESPN.com. 2005-10-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Olson, UCLA outscore Northwestern in Sun Bowl shootout". ESPN.com. 2005-12-31. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois". ESPN.com. 2013-11-30. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Justin Jackson". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Northwestern 37, Illinois 20". ESPN.com. 2003-11-22. 
  13. ^ "Northwestern scores on seven straight possessions". ESPN.com. 2005-10-08. 
  14. ^ "Harris throws 3 second-half TDs". ESPN.com. 2003-12-27. 
  15. ^ "Northwestern 28, Kansas 20". ESPN.com. 2003-08-30. 
  16. ^ "Northwestern 37, Indiana 31 (OT)". ESPN.com. 2003-10-11. 
  17. ^ "Northwestern 38, Northern Illinois 37". ESPN.com. 2005-09-10. 
  18. ^ "Northwestern sets school record for total yards in beating Indiana". ESPN.com. 2012-09-30. 
  19. ^ "Ringer, Michigan State run down Northwestern". ESPN.com. 2008-10-11. 
  20. ^ "Iowa snaps three-game losing streak against Northwestern". ESPN.com. 2011-10-15. 
  21. ^ "Northwestern's Dan Persa, Jeremy Ebert light up Rice with career bests". ESPN.com. 2011-11-12. 
  22. ^ "Trevor Siemian, No. 19 Northwestern cruise past Syracuse". ESPN.com. 2013-09-08. 
  23. ^ "Northwestern romps as Indiana gives up more than 40 points for 4th straight game". ESPN.com. 2011-10-29. 
  24. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  25. ^ "Jack Mitchell". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  26. ^ "Nittany Lions snap two-game skid vs. Northwestern". ESPN.com. 2005-09-24. 
  27. ^ "Mike Trumpy's late score pushes Northwestern past BC". ESPN.com. 2012-09-15. 
  28. ^ "Northwestern thwarts last-second TD for victory". ESPN.com. 2009-10-03. 
  29. ^ "Northwestern holds off Wisconsin en route to 3rd win in row". ESPN.com. 2009-11-21. 
  30. ^ "Michigan finishes Northwestern in 3OT after late tie". ESPN.com. 2013-11-16. 
  31. ^ "Northwestern FGs tie it up late, beat Notre Dame in overtime". ESPN.com. 2014-11-15. 
  32. ^ "Charlie Kuhbander". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017.