1995 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1995 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl vs. USC, L 32–41
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches#7
AP#8
1995 record10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Barnett
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 49,256)
Seasons
« 19941996 »
 
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1995 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl vs. USC, L 32–41
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches#7
AP#8
1995 record10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Barnett
Home stadiumDyche Stadium (Capacity: 49,256)
Seasons
« 19941996 »
1995 Big Ten football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#8/7 Northwestern 800  1020
#6/8 Ohio State710  1120
#13/12 Penn State530  930
#17/19 Michigan530  940
Michigan State431  651
#25/22 Iowa440  840
Illinois341  551
Wisconsin341  452
Purdue251  461
Minnesota170  380
Indiana080  290
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1995 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A college football season.

Season[edit]

Northwestern finished the season with a 10–2 record. Under head coach Gary Barnett, the trio of quarterback Steve Schnur, running back Darnell Autry, and linebacker Pat Fitzgerald lead the Wildcats to a dramatic turnaround for the program. "Expect Victory" was the motto even as Northwestern began the season as 28-point underdogs. A shocking 17–15 season-opening win over heavily favored Notre Dame, along with wins over Michigan, 19–13, and Penn State, 21–10, catapulted the team into the national spotlight and made them media darlings. Northwestern achieved a ranking of #3 in the nation and won the Big Ten Conference title. They faced off against USC in the Rose Bowl where the Wildcats' Cinderella season came to an abrupt halt with a 41–32 loss.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponent#Rank#SiteTVResultAttendance
September 21:30 PMat #9 Notre Dame*Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, INNBCW 17–15  59,075
September 1611:00 AMMiami (OH)*#25Dyche StadiumEvanston, ILESPN2L 28–30  26,352
September 2311:30 AMAir Force*Dyche Stadium • Evanston, ILESPNW 30–6  26,037
September 301:00 PMIndianaDyche Stadium • Evanston, ILW 31–7  29,223
October 711:30 AMat #7 Michigan#25Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MIESPNW 19–13  104,642
October 141:00 PMat Minnesota#14Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MNW 27–17  50,504
October 2111:30 AM#24 Wisconsindagger#11Dyche Stadium • Evanston, ILESPN2W 35–0  49,256
October 2811:00 AMat Illinois#8Memorial StadiumChampaign, ILSCCW 17–14  65,425
November 42:30 PM#12 Penn State#6Dyche Stadium • Evanston, ILABCW 21–10  49,256
November 1111:00 AMIowa#5Dyche Stadium • Evanston, ILESPN+W 31–20  49,256
November 182:30 PMat Purdue#5Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, INABCW 23–8  47,172
January 13:30 PMvs. #17 USC*#3Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)ABCL 32–41  100,102
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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1995 team players in the NFL[edit]

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