Northwestern University

1979 Wildcats
(Authentic Reproduction)



After the winless disaster of '78, Venturi altered the helmet, maintaining the white shell and the purple one-inch center stripe, but altering the school logo on each side of the headgear. The "NU" of so many seasons was replaced by a purple script-style "N" that was trimmed in white with a purple border while the purple mask was again used for contrast. Beating Wyoming in the opener may have given a false impression but that was quickly rectified as the Wildcats dropped the remainder of the schedule and did so in horrific fashion, yielding scores that looked like pinball machine numbers. They were competitive only against Ohio State and Purdue. WR Todd Sheets was a good receiver with forty-three catches but the offense produced only 115 points. LB Chuck Kern exceeded his '78 tackle record with a new high of 227.

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