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by: Steve Silverman
© October 2001
Northwestern has certainly had a long football history - but it has not usually been very glorious.
The Wildcats first started to line up and play football back in 1882 and since that time they have put together a record of 412-563-43. A lot of head shaking and fist-banging has been done by their fans over the years.
The team had endured 23 straight losing seasons heading into 1995 when a bit of magic dust was sprinkled over Evanston. The Wildcats suddenly got good and got nasty. They went from 3-7-1 the year before to 10-2, a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl vs. USC. Head coach Gary Barnett was viewed by most as a miracle worker.
The team continued to roll the following year and won another Big Ten title with a 9-3 record before getting beat 48-28 by Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl. It appeared the Wildcats had ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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