discrepancies in the official NU records are by choice. For
instance, any NU home games that the team played off-campus used to be
listed with the actual site where they were played. NU now lists
most such games as having been played at a neutral location. In
reality, the only times NU has played on a truly neutral field are in
bowl games and in one game with Purdue in 1931.
The 1997 Pigskin Classic is one example that shows that most games
listed as neutral should either be regarded as home (or away)
off-campus games. At the time, the Pigskin Classic was played at
a host team's school. NU hosted Oklahoma at Soldier Field.
Even though NU officially lists the game as having been played on a
neutral field, it counts NU's 24-0 victory in the school's 12-game
record home winning streak! I do not list out here the other
examples of off-campus sites, but I do list them at the bottom of the Home Sites page.
1882: Paulison's Tale of the Wildcats
describes NU's first intercollegiate games with Lake Forest, and
mentions that NU's first game was a loss at Lake Forest, followed by a
win at home. These locations have been used by other sources ever
since. The 2005 ESPN Encyclopedia also uses these
locations. NU's official record simply leaves the locations
blank. Unfortunately, Paulison mixed up the locations in his
description. The only surviving contemporary source for these
games is the NU student newspaper, which clearly shows that the first
game was a loss played at NU, followed by a win at Lake Forest.
Chicago Tribune article shows the Harvard Prep game occured Oct. 30 at
Evanston (32-4 Harvard win).
1890-1891: Wisconsin games were both on Thanksgiving. In 1890 Thanksgiving was Nov. 27; in 1891 it was Nov. 26.
dates of the two
Wisconsin games are swapped in the official records.
Location of Michigan game given as Neutral. Game was on campus, at Sheppard
1900: The date of the game with Knox is Saturday, Nov. 3.
1903: Score vs.
N. Division H.S. should be 22-5. Lombard score should be 23-0. Naperville game was played on Sept. 26.
N. Division H.S. game was played at NU.
1905: Official records have
NU playing at Beloit. Other
sources also have Beloit as an away game, possibly because of NU's
The Beloit game, however, was the Dedication Game for Northwestern
Field! The game program and the contemporary reports of the
game confirm this, and
that the game was indeed played at Northwestern Field In fact,
Tribune accounts show that every game except for the season finale at
was a home game.
1917: Chicago game was played at Chicago.
1929: Previously, NU's records
gave no dates for the 1929 games with Cornell
(IA) and Butler. Beginning in 2002 NU lists the 1929 Cornell game as
28 and Butler on Oct. 5. These games were NU's only official
and were BOTH played on Oct. 5. NU played no game on Sept. 28.
1931: Iowa game was away.
Dame game shown as neutral. This game was played at Notre Dame Stadium and was an away game.
1933: Indiana game listed as neutral. This game was a home game played at Dyche Stadium.
September game vs. DePauw was not played on Sept. 23-- it was played on
a Friday night, September 22. This was confirmed using an
Associated Press account of the game.
1995: Indiana game was played on Sept. 30.
1997: Wisconsin and Michigan dates should be Oct. 4 & 11.
to the corrections
I've entered onto my game-by-game results list, there are further
between Northwestern's official records and other sources (despite
the information in the media guide was still used). I did not,
instance, add any game to the game-by-game list if the official NU list
makes no reference to the game whatsoever (I consider these games
and list them above). Other discrepancies are listed in the Adobe game-by-game file in orange.
Among the facts listed in orange is the 1994 MSU game. NU officially considers
the Michigan State game an NU loss. Michigan State violated NCAA
eligibility rules that year and was forced to forfeit all games.
The Big Ten, Mich. St., and the NCAA recognize MSU's forfeiture and
credit NU with