College Football

Northwestern Wildcats (1-11)


Sat. 11/12 Sat. 11/19 Sat. 11/26
@ Minn
L 3-31
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@ Purdue
L 9-17
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vs. Ill
L 3-41
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Northwestern's Fitzgerald lets defensive coordinator go

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is shaking up his staff after the Wildcats' worst season in 33 years, announcing Tuesday that defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil and two other assistant coaches will not return.

Defensive line coach Marty Long and wide receivers coach Dennis Springer also were let go after the Wildcats finished 1-11 for their worst record since the 1989 team went 0-11. The lost 17 of their last 18 games.

Northwestern opened the season with a win in Ireland over Nebraska, which later fired coach Scott Frost. The Wildcats went into a tailspin after that and ranked among the worst in the nation in run defense and total offense.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: R. Hilinski1644
Passing TDs: R. Hilinski6
Rushing Yards: E. Hull913
Rushing TDs: E. Hull5
Receiving Yards: M. Washington694
Receiving TDs: E. Hull2
Interceptions: X. Mueller2
Schedule 2022
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/27 vs. Nebraska W 31 - 28
9/10 vs. Duke L 23 - 31
9/17 vs. Southern Illinois L 24 - 31
9/24 vs. Miami (OH) L 14 - 17
10/1 at 11 Penn State L 7 - 17
10/8 vs. Wisconsin L 7 - 42
10/22 at Maryland L 24 - 31
10/29 at Iowa L 13 - 33
11/5 vs. 2 Ohio State L 7 - 21
11/12 at Minnesota L 3 - 31
11/19 at Purdue L 9 - 17
11/26 vs. Illinois L 3 - 41
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
2 Michigan 9-0 13-0
4 Ohio State 8-1 11-1
11 Penn State 7-2 10-2
Maryland 4-5 7-5
Michigan State 3-6 5-7
Indiana 2-7 4-8
Rutgers 1-8 4-8
West
  Conference Overall
Purdue 6-3 8-5
Illinois 5-4 8-4
Iowa 5-4 7-5
Minnesota 5-4 8-4
Wisconsin 4-5 6-6
Nebraska 3-6 4-8
Northwestern 1-8 1-11
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4025 (111)
Passing Yards: 2524 (101)
Rushing Yards: 1501 (102)
Points per game: 13.8 (134)
Yards per game: 335.4 (114)
Touchdowns: 21 (131)
Field Goals: 7 (130)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4497 (64)
Passing Yards: 2201 (14)
Rushing Yards: 2296 (117)
Points per game: 28.3 (88)
Yards per game: 374.8 (67)
Touchdowns: 41 (90)
Field Goals: 13 (50)
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