Northwestern University

1966 - 67 Wildcats
(Authentic Reproduction)



  Despite a heavy core of seniors and a slight change on the helmet with a switch from the black two-inch NCAA-style numerals to black three-inch thin "Charger" style player numbers, the team only mustered three wins and a 3-3 tie against lowly Wisconsin, in part due to a rash of injuries. Soph HB Chco Kurzawski was a weapon running or catching with FB Bob McKelvey as the primary rusher. HB Woody Campbell added yardage and then took his 196-pounds to the Oilers for a five-year run. End Cas Banaszek was named All American and played OT for the Forty-Niners in a lengthy career. C Jack Rudnay played well next to guard Bruce Gunstra but the defense remained a problem, yielding 3337 yards and 213 points. 1967's 3-7 was as difficult a season as the 3-6-1 of 1966. The year started well with an upset of pre-season number one Miami (FL), 12-7. Trick plays, HB Kruzawski's two quick-kicks, and stout defense won the day but the pattern didn't hold as the 'Cats were stoned for major points (91 total) in two contests. Kruzawski took a beating in contributing 477 rush yards, catching twenty-nine passes, and throwing another seven. Returning kickoffs and punting, he was a one-man team with help from FB Bob Olson and C Jack Rudnay who also filled in at DT.

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