many passes did NU
complete en route to its 1949 Rose Bowl win?
for the most yards in a single Northwestern bowl game?
for 119 yards in the 1949 Rose Bowl, nine more yards than Darnell
Autry had in the 1996 Rose. [Note:
posted on 12/29/00, this record has been broken by Damien Anderson in
the 2000 Alamo and Jason Wright in the 2003 Motor City Bowl.]
for the most yards in a single Northwestern bowl game?
Schnur-- 336 yards
in the 1996 Rose Bowl. [Note:
posted in Dec. 2000, this record has been broken by Basanez in the 2005 Sun Bowl.]
was the first Northwestern
player to kick a successful field goal of 40 or more yards?
late, great Paddy
Driscoll. Paddy kicked a 43 yard field goal vs. Chicago in 1916,
the first documented NU field goal greater than 40 yards.
are the official
colors of our Alamo Bowl opponent, the Nebraska football team?
of the Big Ten Championship begins New Year's Eve 2000-- the day after
the Alamo Bowl. Who was the first NU coach to defend successfully
a Big Ten Title?
all the teams from
the state of Texas that NU has played at least once?
Rice, TCU, and
were the very first
school colors used by the NU athletic teams?
1878 NU's baseball
team wore brown and white, but the following year the school officially
black and gold, the original colors for "NWU." The colors were
almost immediately replaced by purple and gold.
color purple (with
white) was chosen as the official school color in 1892. What was
the school color(s) immediately prior to the 1892 decision?
previous colors were
purple and gold, which had been used officially since 1879. In
NU decided to use just one color, which was in keeping with the
on the east coast (and, at the time, seemed more
In a vote, NU decided to drop gold and retain royal purple.
a college player,
Randy Walker led Miami to three victories in the same bowl venue.
At what bowl did Walker play three times?
was the first college
player ever to win back-to-back National Defensive Player of the Year
Spirit Team (the
two person pep squad that stands in front of the band) is known for its
wacky, badge spangled hats. From what material are the hats made?
previous band uniforms
A portion of
the 1936 Big Ten championship banner
100% pure Brent
No one knows:
their oily, resinous fabrics are unclassifiable and not found
holds the NU career
record for QB sacks?
played his final game ever on November 20, 1920 at old Northwestern
NU? He played only briefly in the game, but his passing led to
touchdowns against the Purple.
The legendary Gipper suffered from pneumonia, and died two weeks after
the NU-N*tre Dame match.
former Wildcat players
were the first-ever selections of their respective, brand-new
football teams. Name them.
was the first player chosen by the new Cleveland Browns in 1945, and
Burton was the Boston Patriots' very first selection in 1959.
was emblazoned on the side of the 'Cats' helmets during the 1980 season
is not the only school with whom NU has shared a football trophy.
What other school did NU fight for a (now defunct) prized object?
In 1930, the president of Ireland presented a shillelagh to Knute
Rockne proposed that it become a trophy for the (then) annual NU-ND
The trophy was placed in competition for the first time in 1930, a game
that decided the national championship.
|NU and Illinois
played for a trophy even before the Sweet Sioux. What was the
prized object between the schools?
|What is the
greatest number of seasons in a row that NU has taken the Sweet Sioux
||Four (1947-'50). [Note: after the answer posted in 2000, NU tied this record by taking the trophy from 2003 through 2006.]
Sweet Sioux Trophy was a tomahawk, it was represented by what object?
was originally a six and a half foot tall oak statue of an Arapahoe
carved in the early 1840's. It was given as a trophy in
The following season it was replaced with the Tomahawk.
|Who won the
very first Marcel Price Award?
seasons did NU's jerseys feature the "Big Six" patch, a tribute to
of the five most recent NU head coaches were previously assistant
Venturi, Francis Peay, and Randy Walker). [Note: Fitzgerald joined this list in 2006.]
points were scored in the 1893 NU-Illinois 0-0 tie game?
part of Chicago's Columbian Exposition, was officially declared a
0-0 tie in which there were 22 points scored. The game was called
because of darkness and the score reverted to the halftime score as was
the custom in the 1890's.
re-wrote most of NU's rushing records during his 1994-96 reign.
record he did not manage to break was the single-game record for net
rushing. Who still holds it?
Gladiator Mike Adamle (316 vs. Wisconsin, 1969).
|For the 1981
Michigan State game, students printed and distributed buttons on campus
which bore a slogan. What was this rhyming four-word slogan?
at 28." NU had a 28 game losing streak, tying the NCAA
MSU edged NU 61-14, giving NU the record and the nadir of its Dark Ages.
of TV Guide featured a photo of Gary Barnett and Darnell Autry during
week of the 1996 Rose Bowl. Who appeared on the cover of TV Guide
during the week of the 1997 Rose Bowl?
Barnett and Pat Fitzgerald, bound for the Citrus Bowl, appeared on the
|Who is NU's
most recent entry into the College Football Hall of Fame?
NU center 1946-48, was enshrined in 1999.
|In 1999 Damien
Anderson rushed for 1,128 yards and became the fourth Wildcat in the
five seasons to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a single season.
How many players have achieved this feat throughout NU's history?
Mike Adamle, Greg Boykin, Bryon Sanders, Bob Christian, Darnell Autry,
Adrian Autry, and Damien Anderson. [Note: a lot more have joined since 1999!]