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The Sweet Sioux Tomahawk goes annually to the winner of the Northwestern-Illinois football game.

The Sweet Sioux initially was designed as an authentic wooden Indian, like those that used to stand in front of cigar stores throughout the nation. It eventually posed a transportation problem and was replaced by the current Tomahawk.

Northwestern gained possession of the first trophy with a 13-7 victory over Illinois in 1945. Entering the 1998 season, the Fighting Illini hold a 28-23-2 series lead over the Wildcats since the symbolic award was established, but Northwestern has won the last three meetings and five of the last seven.

The color purple (with white) was selected by a special committee in 1894 as the official school color, not only for the athletic teams, but for the entire university.

The mascot known as "Willie the Wildcat" was developed in three stages. The nickname "Wildcats" was initiated in 1924. Nine years later, in 1933, the Northwestern athletic department teamed up with an advertising firm to create the first caricature of Willie. In 1947, the first mascot was actually brought to life when four members of the Alpha Delta fraternity dressed up as Willie for their Homecoming float.
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Jan 23 Tue 8:00 PM Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Williams Arena and Sports Pavilion
Minneapolis, MN
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Jan 29 Mon 7:00 PM Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, MI
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Feb 1 Thu 7:30 PM Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Kohl Center
Madison, WI
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Feb 4 Sun 10:00 AM Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Carver Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, IA
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Feb 6 Tue 6:00 PM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL
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Feb 8 Thu 7:00 PM Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats (WOMEN) Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, MI
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Feb 10 Sat 12:00 PM Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats Xfinity Center - College Park
College Park, MD
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Feb 13 Tue 9:00 PM Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats Louis Brown Athletic Center
Piscataway, NJ
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Feb 14 Wed 7:00 PM Penn State Lady Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats [WOMEN] Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA
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Feb 17 Sat 1:00 PM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL
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Feb 19 Mon 6:00 PM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Maryland Terrapins Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL
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Feb 21 Wed 7:00 PM Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats (WOMEN) Schottenstein Center
Columbus, OH
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Feb 22 Thu 6:00 PM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL
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Feb 25 Sun 6:30 PM Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Carver Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, IA
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Mar 2 Fri 3:30 AM Texas Longhorns vs. Northwestern Wildcats Disch Falk Field
Austin, TX
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Mar 3 Sat 3:30 AM Texas Longhorns vs. Northwestern Wildcats (DH) Disch Falk Field
Austin, TX
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Mar 4 Sun 3:30 AM Texas Longhorns vs. Northwestern Wildcats Disch Falk Field
Austin, TX
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Aug 30 Thu 3:30 AM Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Ross-ade Stadium
West Lafayette, IN
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Sep 8 Sat 3:30 AM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Duke Blue Devils Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Sep 15 Sat 3:30 AM Northwestern Wildcats Vs. Akron Zips Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Sep 29 Sat 3:30 AM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Oct 6 Sat 3:30 AM Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats Spartan Stadium - MI
East Lansing, MI
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Oct 13 Sat 3:30 AM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Oct 20 Sat 3:30 AM Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats High Point Solutions Stadium
Piscataway, NJ
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Oct 27 Sat 3:30 AM Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Football players had not come down from Evanston; Wildcats would be a name better suited to (Coach) Thistlethwaite's boys ... Stagg's boys, his pride, his 11 that had tied Illinois a week ago, were unable to score for 57 minutes. Once they had the ball on the nine-yard line and had been stopped dead by a Purple wall of wildcats." These lines were written by Wallace Abbey in the Chicago Tribune following the memorable Northwestern-Chicago game in 1924 that heralded a new era in Northwestern football. From that day on, all the Northwestern athletic teams have borne the nickname of "Wildcats."

Following the Chicago contest, which NU lost 3-0 on a last-minute field goal by Bob Curley, Northwestern met the famed "Four Horsemen" of Notre Dame and battled the Fighting Irish to a standstill before bowing 13-6. Northwestern's points were scored on two drop kicks by All-American Ralph "Moon" Baker. After that, there could be no question of the appropriate nature of the new nickname.

Years later, Major General Robert H. Wienecke, captain of Northwestern's 1924 squad, recalled: "We were just an average team which developed a spirit that carried us to superb heights against Chicago and Notre Dame. I feel that the reputation gained by the team in those two final games of the 1924 season launched a momentum that was to lead to the Big Ten championship two years later."