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Northwestern Wildcats Passing

Location: Evanston, Illinois ▪ Colors: Purple & White
Stadium: Ryan Field (cap. 49,256)
Record*: 121 Years, 495-637-40, .439 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 496-636-40 by NCAA.

Conferences: Big Ten, Western and Ind
Conference Champion: 8 Times
Bowls: 11 Bowls, 2-9, .182 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 7 Times (Preseason), 9 Times (Final), 161 Weeks (Total)

  • Players sorted by passing yards.
  • An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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Since 1956

Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Brett Basanez* 913 1584 57.6 10580 6.7 6.2 44 36 118.4 391 996 2.5 18
2 Len Williams 644 1076 59.9 7487 7.0 6.2 44 37 124.9 538 542 1.0 11
3 C.J. Bacher* 664 1105 60.1 7319 6.6 5.7 43 43 120.8 198 252 1.3 8
4 Zak Kustok* 507 920 55.1 5822 6.3 6.1 42 23 118.3 433 1294 3.0 22
5 Mike Greenfield 497 933 53.3 5803 6.2 4.8 21 39 104.6 482 904 1.9 14
6 Sandy Schwab 533 975 54.7 5679 5.8 4.0 23 49 101.3 214 -278 -1.3 5
7 Steve Schnur* 443 785 56.4 5612 7.1 6.0 32 34 121.3 164 -70 -0.4 6
8 Dan Persa* 460 633 72.7 5181 8.2 8.3 34 13 155.0 294 716 2.4 10
9 Trevor Siemian* 386 649 59.5 4325 6.7 6.2 22 16 121.7 91 66 0.7 1
10 Mike Kafka* 408 637 64.1 4265 6.7 5.9 19 20 123.9 268 887 3.3 11
11 Maurie Daigneau 298 659 45.2 4237 6.4 3.5 23 53 94.7 147 -307 -2.1 7
12 Mike Kerrigan 379 797 47.6 4094 5.1 3.1 23 47 88.4 121 -238 -2.0 2
13 Mitch Anderson 287 609 47.1 3841 6.3 4.6 26 35 102.7 166 -473 -2.8 4
14 Tom Myers 281 534 52.6 3836 7.2 4.6 21 40 111.0 167 -350 -2.1 1
15 Randy Dean 188 377 49.9 2699 7.2 5.7 11 17 110.6 171 154 0.9 1
16 Tim Hughes* 209 412 50.7 2670 6.5 5.6 16 15 110.7 93 -119 -1.3 1
17 Tim O'Brien 219 349 62.8 2422 6.9 5.9 17 16 128.0 93 36 0.4 4
18 Bill Melzer 195 391 49.9 2317 5.9 3.1 8 28 92.1 125 58 0.5 6
19 Greg Bradshaw 187 369 50.7 2288 6.2 4.7 12 18 103.7 87 149 1.7 4
20 Gavin Hoffman 176 323 54.5 2199 6.8 5.7 13 14 116.3 68 -155 -2.3 2
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Kain Colter* 223 322 69.3 2166 6.7 6.6 18 9 138.6 449 2180 4.9 28
22 Dave Shelbourne 137 342 40.1 1744 5.1 2.5 8 23 77.2 170 -2 0.0 1
23 Dick Thornton 110 257 42.8 1742 6.8 4.5 14 19 102.9 231 508 2.2 1
24 Kevin Strasser 161 339 47.5 1603 4.7 3.3 7 14 85.8 60 -240 -4.0 2
25 John Talley 80 161 49.7 1101 6.8 3.9 4 11 101.7 101 -43 -0.4 2
26 Nick Kreinbrink 74 186 39.8 963 5.2 4.3 5 6 85.7 42 -82 -2.0 0
27 Kevin Villars 83 167 49.7 846 5.1 3.5 3 7 89.8 79 87 1.1 0
28 Denny Boothe 69 170 40.6 785 4.6 2.2 2 10 71.5 92 9 0.1 1
29 Chip Holcomb 63 139 45.3 745 5.4 1.8 4 12 82.6 23 -75 -3.3 0
30 Tony Stauss 92 151 60.9 671 4.4 3.6 3 4 99.5 42 7 0.2 0
31 Dave Milam 45 97 46.4 631 6.5 2.9 3 9 92.7 89 137 1.5 0
32 Fred Quinn 35 78 44.9 541 6.9 3.2 1 7 89.4 38 48 1.3 1
33 Scott Stranski 37 95 38.9 541 5.7 1.8 4 10 79.6 31 99 3.2 1
34 Dana Woodring 37 99 37.4 510 5.2 3.5 3 5 80.5 52 0 0.0 0
35 Chris Capstran 52 101 51.5 491 4.9 2.8 1 5 85.7 34 -74 -2.2 0
36 Steve Breitbeil 37 85 43.5 478 5.6 0.6 1 10 71.1 53 23 0.4 1
37 Steve Burton 42 82 51.2 438 5.3 3.3 3 5 96.0 34 -73 -2.1 0
38 Chris Hamdorf* 41 67 61.2 426 6.4 5.2 3 3 120.4 12 17 1.4 0
39 Evan Watkins* 36 70 51.4 378 5.4 2.8 2 5 91.9 24 63 2.6 2
40 Andrew Brewer* 38 75 50.7 368 4.9 2.8 1 4 85.6 73 202 2.8 3
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Kevin Krebs 38 80 47.5 359 4.5 3.3 2 3 85.9 17 -12 -0.7 2
42 Tom O'Grady 28 59 47.5 322 5.5 0.5 1 7 75.2 65 283 4.4 2
43 Alexander Webb* 18 39 46.2 250 6.4 4.1 0 2 89.7 16 37 2.3 0
44 Jack Ellis 19 44 43.2 248 5.6 5 68 121 1.8
45 Todd Somers 15 45 33.3 242 5.4 -1.7 2 8 57.6 33 64 1.9 2
46 Kim Girkins 18 75 24.0 232 3.1 -0.8 1 7 35.7 36 -131 -3.6 0
47 Dale Pienta 14 43 32.6 178 4.1 3 13 4 0.3
48 Bobby Eickhoff 24 46 52.2 170 3.7 1.2 1 3 77.3 92 320 3.5 3
49 Matt Danielson* 13 26 50.0 164 6.3 5.3 1 1 108.0 11 -7 -0.6 1
50 Chico Kurzawski 7 12 58.3 106 8.8 6.8 1 1 143.4 304 991 3.3 10
51 Dana Hemphill 8 19 42.1 85 4.5 0.8 1 2 76.0 6 -17 -2.8 0
52 Dave Mishler 2 4 50.0 82 20.5 20.5 0 0 222.2 295 1122 3.8 8
53 Rick Venturi 1 1 100.0 80 80.0 100.0 1 0 1102.0 2 11 5.5 0
54 Kip Kelly 5 14 35.7 70 5.0 5.0 0 0 77.7 1 -12 -12.0 0
55 Jeff Christensen 3 3 100.0 70 23.3 23.3 0 0 296.0 1 -4 -4.0 0
56 Zack Oliver* 3 6 50.0 68 11.3 7.2 1 1 166.9 1 5 5.0 0
57 Eric Peterman* 3 5 60.0 68 13.6 17.6 1 0 240.2 22 69 3.1 0
58 Gene Abraham 4 5 80.0 66 13.2 4.2 0 1 150.9 3 -7 -2.3 1
59 Mike Wall 6 11 54.5 63 5.7 -2.5 0 2 66.3 2 -23 -11.5 0
60 Jeremy Ebert* 2 3 66.7 60 20.0 20.0 0 0 234.7 9 47 5.2 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Larry Benz 2 8 25.0 57 7.1 6.5 2 1 142.4 133 570 4.3 3
62 Nick Holgorsen 4 13 30.8 53 4.1 0.6 0 1 49.6 7 -12 -1.7 0
63 Larry Gates 1 2 50.0 51 25.5 35.5 1 0 429.2 53 165 3.1 1
64 Jack Kreider 4 9 44.4 50 5.6 5.6 0 0 91.1 3 24 8.0 0
65 Stephen Moor 5 20 25.0 48 2.4 -4.4 0 3 15.2 15 -15 -1.0 0
66 Bill Dierberger 4 28 14.3 40 1.4 -5.0 0 4 -2.3 14 -33 -2.4 0
67 Zeke Markshausen* 1 1 100.0 38 38.0 58.0 1 0 749.2 4 9 2.3 0
68 Bob Barz 2 6 33.3 38 6.3 -1.2 0 1 53.2 1 1 1.0 0
69 Lou Tiberi 3 7 42.9 36 5.1 10.9 2 0 180.3 37 105 2.8 0
70 Paul Burton* 2 3 66.7 35 11.7 11.7 0 0 164.7 6 -15 -2.5 0
71 J.J. Standring* 2 4 50.0 35 8.8 -2.5 0 1 73.5 2 43 21.5 0
72 Brandon Roberson* 2 2 100.0 33 16.5 36.5 2 0 568.6 118 562 4.8 5
73 Mark Broxterman 5 14 35.7 33 2.4 -4.1 0 2 26.9 2 11 5.5 1
74 Bill Weir 2 5 40.0 28 5.6 5.6 0 0 87.0 2 -11 -5.5 0
75 Lee Gissendaner 2 2 100.0 28 14.0 14.0 0 0 217.6 8 10 1.3 1
76 Brian Musso* 1 1 100.0 28 28.0 28.0 0 0 335.2 1 37 37.0 0
77 Marty McGann 2 3 66.7 28 9.3 9.3 0 0 145.1 2 -25 -12.5 0
78 Steve Harris 2 2 100.0 28 14.0 14.0 0 0 217.6 39 137 3.5 0
79 Jim Pooler 2 5 40.0 25 5.0 5.0 0 0 82.0 320 1323 4.1 12
80 D'Wayne Bates* 1 2 50.0 23 11.5 21.5 1 0 311.6 13 12 0.9 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
81 Richard Buchanan 1 1 100.0 23 23.0 23.0 0 0 293.2 12 69 5.8 0
82 Matt Dzierwa 1 4 25.0 20 5.0 10.0 1 0 149.5
83 Jayme Taylor 1 1 100.0 17 17.0 37.0 1 0 572.8
84 Mike Senters 1 3 33.3 13 4.3 -10.7 0 1 3.1 7 0 0.0 0
85 Cas Banaszek 1 1 100.0 11 11.0 11.0 0 0 192.4 1 -14 -14.0 0
86 Robert Fredrick 1 1 100.0 11 11.0 0 4 9 2.3
87 Chris Malleo* 2 3 66.7 10 3.3 3.3 0 0 94.7 7 26 3.7 0
88 Stefan Demos* 1 1 100.0 9 9.0 9.0 0 0 175.6
89 Gary Angotti 1 2 50.0 8 4.0 4.0 0 0 83.6
90 Ricky Edwards 1 1 100.0 7 7.0 27.0 1 0 488.8 379 1369 3.6 9
91 Derell Jenkins* 0 5 0.0 0 0.0 -18.0 0 2 -80.0 19 67 3.5 1
92 Ken Luxton 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 47 100 2.1 0
93 Claudell Robertson 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 74 249 3.4 1
94 John Kidd 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 2 -10 -5.0 0
95 Kunle Patrick* 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0 1 -100.0 11 51 4.6 1
96 Mike Potts 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
97 Darryl Lyons 1 3 33.3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 33.3 1 2 2.0 0
98 Bob McKeiver 0 3 0.0 0 0.0 1 180 832 4.6
99 John Duvic 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
100 Sam Poulos 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 -10 -10.0 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
101 Damien Anderson* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 953 4485 4.7 38
102 Mike Adamle 0 4 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 483 2015 4.2 13
103 Bill Swingle 0 6 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 206 991 4.8 11
104 Glenn Winship 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
105 Brandon Williams* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
106 Woody Campbell 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 232 831 3.6 4
107 Pat Geegan 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0 1 -100.0 155 539 3.5 3
108 Shawn Carpenter 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 5 12 2.4 0
109 Dick Emmerich 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 76 300 3.9 5
110 Greg Fischer 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
111 Albert Kimbrough 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 55 239 4.3 2
112 Kyle Daley* 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
113 Ira Adler 1 1 100.0 -4 -4.0 -4.0 0 0 66.4
114 Tom North 1 1 100.0 -9 -9.0 -9.0 0 0 24.4