2005 Northwestern Wildcats Football Team
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2005 Northwestern Wildcats Football Team
2005 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Sun Bowl, L 38-50 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2005 record7-5 (5-3 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike Dunbar (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Colby (4th season)
Captains
  • Brett Basanez[1]
  • Zach Strief
  • Barry Cofield
  • Tim McGarigle
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Penn State $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 4 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 2  
No. 15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker. This was Randy's last season as the Wildcats' coach, as he would die from a heart attack following the season. The Wildcats finished tied for 3rd place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 5-3.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 amOhio*ESPNUW 38-1420,115
September 103:00 pmNorthern Illinois*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNCW 38-3735,114
September 179:00 pmat Arizona State*L 21-5255,029
September 2411:00 amPenn State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2L 29-3424,395
October 811:00 amNo. 14 Wisconsin
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNW 51-4833,859
October 1511:00 amat PurdueESPN2W 34-2962,866
October 2211:00 amat No. 22 Michigan StateESPN2W 49-1474,636
October 296:00 pmNo. 25 MichigandaggerNo. 21
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNL 17-3347,130
November 511:00 amIowa
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNW 28-2734,550
November 1211:00 amat No. 10 Ohio StateNo. 25ABCL 7-48105,181
November 1911:00 amat IllinoisESPN+W 38-2131,465
December 301:00 pmvs. No. 17 UCLA*CBSL 38-5050,426
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summaries

Ohio

Northern Illinois

Arizona State

Penn State

Wisconsin

1 234Total
Wisconsin 7 101021 48
• Northwestern 0 102714 51

[2]

UCLA (Sun Bowl)

The Wildcats were invited to play in the 2005 Sun Bowl. They lost 38-50 to the UCLA Bruins, who staged a 22 point comeback, a record for the Bruins at the time.

References

  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 150. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-03-16. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Northwestern Knocks Off No. 14 Wisconsin". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. October 8, 2005. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014.



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