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NU to Play #23 Pitt
December 28

Northwestern was picked first among the Big Ten's 6-6 teams and will face Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.

Latest News Updates - Dec. 17:
Pitt Has Sold Out Its Tix

On December 15, Pitt announced that it had sold out its allotment of over 7,000 tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl and has ordered a second allotment. As of Dec. 17, there is no word on NU ticket sales or sales for the Pinstripe in general.

Alumni Association Watch Party List

Can't make it to New York for the game? Here is a list of Northwestern Alumni Association watch parties, scheduled across the country.

Updates - Dec. 11


...and we're waiting, Pinstripe Bowl.

NU Alumni Assoc. Bowl Tour Page Is Online

NU's Alumni Association is ramping up for the bowl game. Fans can sign up for the NAA bowl tour by hitting the NAA's bowl page...

Here is a design that HTP created to celebrate the Pinstripe Bowl. The jersey, based on a modification of NU's Gothic uniform, includes pinstripes rather than the Northwestern stripe pattern. We put a poll on Twitter to find what NU fans want to see the team wear. The results were close, but the Gothic in Gotham was the winner!

NU vs. Pitt
Northwestern Wildcats
2016 Results
(6-6; 5-4 B1G)

L  Western Mich. 21-22
L  I-AA Ill. State



W  Michigan St. 54-40

Indiana - HC 24-14
L  Ohio State 20-24

Wisconsin* 7-21
W  Purdue* 45-17

Minnesota* 12-29

Illinois* 42-21

Pitt (Pinstripe)
Dec 28
#23 Pittsburgh Panthers
2016 Results
(8-4; 5-3 ACC)

W  I-AA Villanova 28-7
W  Penn State 42-39

Oklahoma St.

North Carolina

Marshall 43-27

Georgia Tech


Virginia Tech


Clemson 43-42

Duke 56-14

Syracuse 76-61

NU (Pinstripe)
Dec 28

On paper, Pitt appears to have a substantial advantage over NU, and the Panthers' 2016 season certainly seems impressive. Pitt has beaten two ranked teams: #25 Virginia Tech and-- in a seismic football event-- #2 Clemson. Pitt also knocked off its arch foe, then-unranked and now-Rose Bowl bound Penn State. The Panthers have an offense that has averaged over 42 points per game.

Northwestern was not able to beat a ranked team this year, its signature win coming at Iowa.

Northwestern Record Vs. Pitt

The 'Cats have not played Pitt since 1973. All-time, NU is 3-3 against the Panthers:

  • 1949: Pitt 16, NU 7-- Northwestern's first game against Pitt was a disappointment, a sign of things to come for a disappointing year after NU's Rose Bowl season. This was the second game played at Dyche Stadium after the introduction of the south end zone enclosure in the stadium, which held 41,000 for the loss to Pitt. "We played lousy football," was Coach Voigts' assessment.

NU and Pitt in 1949. #15 is Ed Tunnicliff, on of NU's stars in the '49 Rose Bowl
  • 1950: NU 28, Pitt 23-- The following year, Pitt returned to Dyche, and NU had its revenge. The 'Cats won their fourth straight game of 1950 by launching a passing attack. 35,000 fans watched NU throw four TD passes.
  • 1953: NU 27, Pitt 21-- This game was also played at Dyche, and it was one of only three wins for NU in '53. "We played our most aggressive game, both offensively and defensively," said Coach Voigts afterward.
  • 1954: Pitt 14, NU 7-- NU's first game at Pitt was a close loss during a meager two-win season. However, the 'Cats suffered numerous injuries at Pittsburgh, including losing co-captain John Damore, which doomed the season.
  • 1972: NU 27, Pitt 22-- After playing four games with Pitt in six years, the series went dormant for 18 years, until the teams agreed to a home and home series in the '70s. The first game was at Pitt, and NU trailed the Panthers, 22-21 in the fourth quarter. However, a 43-yard run by Greg Boykin gave the 'Cats the winning score.
  • 1973: Pitt 21, NU 14-- The final game in the series was played at Dyche Stadium. Pitt freshman (and later NFL star) Tony Dorsett went wild with 265 rushing yards, breaking Pitt's record at the time.

NU's offense stalls against Pitt at Dyche Stadium, 1973

Random Northwestern Records Tied to the Pinstripe Game

  • Baseball Parks: NU has had a rough time of it when it has played football in baseball parks. The 'Cats have a record of 1 win, 4 losses, and 4 ties in baseball stadiums:
    • Cubs Park-- NU played one game in this stadium (two venues before the current Cubs home in Wrigley Field), a tie vs. Lake Forest in 1891. It was a home game for NU.
    • South Side Park-- An old baseball park in Chicago, NU played as the road team to the University of Chicago, which hosted NU and notched a 0-0 tie with the Purple in 1892.
    • Chicago 25th Street Baseball Field-- The site of NU's only win at a site primarily tied to baseball, it was here that NU hosted Michigan in 1892, for the first game ever between the teams. NU won, 10-8, in one of the biggest victories for the school to that date. The Purple, rather than use its typical approach of running around the line, punched through Michigan's gut to get the win.
    • Sox Park-- The White Sox's park prior to Comiskey, NU hosted three games here toward the end of the 1903 season. NU tied both Notre Dame and Wisconsin, but lost the final game to Carlisle.
    • Cleveland Stadium-- While Cleveland Stadium was used for NFL football games, its primary use was for baseball. NU hosted and lost an infamous game here to Ohio State in 1991.
    • Wrigley Field-- So far, NU has hosted two games here, both with Illinois, and has lost both. NU (at the time, using the unlikely nickname the Bears) lost to the Illini here in 1923 and were defeated by Illinois in 2010. NU will host another team at Wrigley at some point in the next couple of years.
  • Wednesday Games: NU has actually played a lot of games on Wednesday, and the team has a great record on that particular day, with 19 wins, only 3 losses, and two ties. All but one of NU's Wednesday games were played from 1890 through 1904, and the Wednesday games included matches with the University of Chicago, Illinois, IIT, and Lake Forest College. After 1904, NU's only other Wednesday game occured on January 1, 1997, when Tennessee beat NU in the Citrus Bowl. This year's Pinstripe game will be held on Wednesday, December 28.
  • December Games: Northwestern has an all-time record of 2-6 in December games. Of these games, three were regular-season games played in 1888 - 1893, and five were recent bowl games (the 2000 Alamo, 2003 Motor City, 2005 Sun, 2008 Alamo, and 2011 Texas Bowls).
  • Games in New York State: NU has, until now, played seven games in New York, including losses against Army at West Point (in 1988 and 2011) and five games at Syracuse (NU is 2-3 at Syracuse, and last played there in 2012). NU has played one other team from New York-- Colgate-- but only at Dyche Stadium.