North Central (Ill.) Cardinals

Overall record: 6-4 - Conference: 4-3
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/14 at Benedictine L, 32-21
9/21 vs. Colorado College W, 30-25
9/28 at Franklin W, 44-27
10/5 vs. Augustana * • L, 65-0
10/12 at North Park * • W, 28-14
10/19 at Illinois Wesleyan * • L, 33-24
10/26 vs. Carthage * • W, 22-19
11/2 at Wheaton (Ill.) * • L, 41-7
11/9 vs. Millikin * • W, 24-17
11/16 at Elmhurst * • W, 20-13
Overall record: 6-4 - Conference: 4-3
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
10/5 vs. Augustana * • L, 65-0
10/12 at North Park * • W, 28-14
10/19 at Illinois Wesleyan * • L, 33-24
10/26 vs. Carthage * • W, 22-19
11/2 at Wheaton (Ill.) * • L, 41-7
11/9 vs. Millikin * • W, 24-17
11/16 at Elmhurst * • W, 20-13

2002

Schools Conf All
Wheaton (Ill.) 7-0 10-2
Augustana 6-1 7-2
Millikin 4-3 7-3
North Central (Ill.) 4-3 6-4
Illinois Wesleyan 3-4 6-4
Carthage 3-4 4-6
Elmhurst 1-6 3-7
North Park 0-7 1-9

What We're Reading

  • »IWU looks to erase 2011's taste
  • A game from two years ago keeps eating at IWU running back Devonte Jones. "It left a sour taste in my mouth," said Jones of a 33-27 triple-overtime loss to Monmouth in a Division III first-round playoff game in 2011. "They celebrated on our field. It hurts even to this day ... We just have to get it done this time."
  • »IWU doing it the Eash way
  • "Norm is maybe the most organized coach I've ever seen," said IWU athletic director Dennie Bridges, who hired Eash. "He leaves nothing to chance and covers every base."
  • »How D-III colleges profit from football
  • Deadspin's take on how Division III football drives enrollment leaned heavily on analysis from D3football.com's Pat Coleman. Good take on D-III, actually.

Past Records

2013 (13-1, 7-0 CCIW)
2012 (9-3, 6-1 CCIW)
2011 (10-2, 7-0 CCIW)
2010 (12-1, 7-0 CCIW)
2009 (8-2, 6-1 CCIW)
2008 (11-1, 7-0 CCIW)
2007 (9-3, 6-1 CCIW)
2006 (9-3, 6-1 CCIW)
2005 (9-2, 6-1 CCIW)
2004 (7-3, 4-3 CCIW)
2003 (7-3, 4-3 CCIW)
2002 (6-4, 4-3 CCIW)
2001 (3-7, 2-5 CCIW)
2000 (5-5, 3-4 CCIW)
1999 (2-7, 2-5 CCIW)

Team Quick Facts

North Central (Ill.)

Cardinals

Coach: John Thorne (Illinois Wesleyan '69)
Conference: CCIW
Enrollment: 2490
Location: Naperville, IL
Colors: Cardinal, White
Stadium: Bendetti-Wehrli Stadium (5500)
Surface: Turf

News Releases

January 31, 2014
North Central Releases 2014 Football Schedule
North Central College has released its football schedule for the 2014 campaign, including a 2013...
December 20, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 12/19/13
Head coach John Thorne, All-American quarterback Spencer Stanek and North Region Defensive Player of...
December 16, 2013
Ponx tabbed as Aurora head coach
Aurora University announced today that former North Central assistant Rick Ponx has been named its...
December 14, 2013
North Central Edged Out by Defending Champs
Faced with a machup against the defending national champions, the North Central College football...
December 12, 2013
Purple Raider secondary battle-tested
The young Mount Union defense has been tested, sometimes burned this season, but has always done...
December 12, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 12/12/13
Senior defensive back Connor Douglas and junior wide receiver Peter Sorenson break down the upcoming...
December 11, 2013
Facing champs, North Central 'D' needs its 'A' game
The talk leading up to the Cardinals' first national semifinal game centers on their uptempo...
December 7, 2013
Three No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 advance to semis
Wesley gave Mount Union all it could handle, while UW-Whitewater rallied past Linfield, UMHB put St....
December 7, 2013
Semifinals on Horizon for North Central
The North Central College football team walked off the field at Bethel University feeling a numbness...
December 6, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 12/5/13
Senior tight end Ryan Szudarski and senior defensive back Trey Hartema join head coach John Thorne...
December 4, 2013
North Central again has a big opportunity
The Cardinals have come into the postseason highly touted several times, but have never advanced to...
November 30, 2013
Wrapup: Linfield rallies, Bethel survives, Fisher rolls
Linfield scored the final 28 points to rally from a 21-3 deficit, while Bethel lost its starting...
November 30, 2013
North Central Runs Over Platteville, Into Quarterfinals
In a game that featured nearly 600 passing yards, it was the running game which turned the tide for...
November 29, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 11/28/13
Junior defensive back Jordan Dean and sophomore offensive lineman Eric Knaperek provide an inside...
November 27, 2013
Stanek and Kelly making the most of it
Spencer Stanek of North Central and John Kelly of UW-Platteville each overcame missed time in their...
November 23, 2013
Wesley wins in final minute, JCU out
The first round of playoffs had a couple of thrillers, with Ithaca, Franklin and Wesley rallying, as...
November 23, 2013
North Central Cruises to First-Round Win
Pulling back the curtain on its playoff run with a powerful performance, the North Central College...
November 20, 2013
North Central Places 16 on All-CCIW Teams; Stanek, Dierking Named Players of the Year
The head coaches of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) have selected a total...
November 19, 2013
Bid brings excitement to Wash U
While there weren't many surprises in what teams from the Midwest made the Division III playoffs...
November 16, 2013
North Central Closes Regular Season with Rout of Augustana
The third 10-0 regular season in the history of the North Central College football program was made...
November 14, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 11/14/13
Senior wide receiver Chad O'Kane and junior defensive lineman Brian Wilson discuss reclaiming the...
November 9, 2013
North Central Regains Little Brass Bell, Locks Up Playoff Bid
Playing to avenge a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) loss for the first time in...
November 8, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 11/7/13
Head coach John Thorne and senior linebacker Jason Callahan preview North Central's Battle for the...
November 2, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Mount Union passes test, UWW passes another
Mount Union fended off Heidelberg in a battle of Top 10 teams and UW-Whitewater did the same to...
November 2, 2013
North Central Pulls Away from IWU, Remains Unbeaten
Taking part in its biggest game of 2013 thus far, the North Central College football team rose to...
November 1, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 10/31/13
Senior linebacker/long snapper Nathan Schweitzer and senior offensive lineman Greg Whalen join head...
October 26, 2013
North Central Routs Carthage for Homecoming Win
The North Central College football team tested the durability of the Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium...
October 25, 2013
North Central 'Red Zone,' 10/24/13
Senior quarterback Spencer Stanek, senior linebacker Nick Slezak and head coach John Thorne preview...
October 19, 2013
North Central Pulls Away Early, Blanks North Park
Posting its first defensive shutout in nearly a year, the North Central College football team...
October 17, 2013
Third Time's a Charm for Slezak, North Central
North Central College football player Nick Slezak has proved a master of adaptation, changing...
October 16, 2013
North Central subscribes to the Cardinal Manual
Coach John Thorne's Cardinal Manual contains a different type of game plan – it gets the...
October 12, 2013
North Central Manhandles Millikin, 55-7
Carrying over its momentum from last week's win, the North Central College football team left no...
October 5, 2013
North Central Rides Storm Out, Beats Elmhurst
A sloppy first half for the North Central College football team was washed away on Saturday, as the...
September 28, 2013
North Central Defense Stands Tall, Gives Coach Thorne 100th Win
After the offense turned heads in its first two wins of the 2013 season, the North Central College...
September 21, 2013
North Central Blasts UW-Stout for First Home Win
The home crowd at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium was treated to a second straight dominant performance by...
September 14, 2013
No. 6 North Central Posts Record Yardage Output in Opening Win
The North Central College football team enjoyed a promising start to the 2013 campaign, breaking...
August 12, 2013
Best road trips: Week 4
Let's take a long trip across the Eastern Time Zone so we can get a Friday night game and two...
August 7, 2013
North Central Favored to Win Eighth Straight CCIW Title
North Central College has been selected as the favorite to win the College Conference of Illinois...
February 13, 2013
North Central Hires Mike Murray as Defensive Coordinator
North Central College head football coach John Thorne has announced the hiring of Mike Murray as the...
November 21, 2012
CCIW duo win in the air, on the ground
North Central won by traveling through the air, while Elmhurst won on the ground, but both advanced...
November 10, 2012
Return Game Dazzles as North Central Clinches Playoff Bid
Getting a huge boost from its punt-return unit and another stout effort from its defense, the North...
November 3, 2012
Little Brass Bell Changes Hands as North Central Falls to Wheaton
The home portion of the regular-season schedule came to a disappointing end for the North Central...
October 27, 2012
No. 9 North Central Blanks No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan for Homecoming Win
Treating its Homecoming crowd to its most prosperous all-around performance of the season thus far,...
October 23, 2012
Long road back
For North Central, wins over the next two weeks against No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan and rival Wheaton...
October 20, 2012
Ninth-Ranked North Central Hammers Carthage
Hitting the road in conference play for the third straight week, the North Central College football...
October 13, 2012
North Central's Running Game Paves Way for Big Win
An offensive output among the best in the program's history led to a comfortable win for the North...
October 8, 2012
North Central to Induct Team Doctor into Hall of Fame
North Central College student-athletes have had the good fortune of competing under the watchful eye...
October 6, 2012
No. 11 North Central Mauls Millikin for Fourth Straight Win
Darting ahead early and putting the contest away with 28 unanswered points midway through the...
September 29, 2012
North Central Opens CCIW Title Defense with Rout of Elmhurst
The North Central College football team showed its contemporaries in the College Conference of...
September 25, 2012
Cancer fundraiser hits close to home for North Central's Ream
A recent tradition by the North Central College athletic department of raising funds for the...
September 20, 2012
North Central Alum Josh McLeod Plays Pro Football in Germany
Growing up in nearby Lisle, Ill., former North Central College safety Josh McLeod '12 dreamed of...
September 8, 2012
North Central Gains Redemption with Lopsided Win
Faced with the task of making amends for a pair of season-opening losses on Saturday evening, the...
November 23, 2011
Mirror images
When North Central and Wabash line up against each other on Saturday, they'll see a lot of familiar...
November 19, 2011
North Central Runs Over First-Round Foe, 59-13
Opening what it hopes to be an extended NCAA Division III playoff run with an impressive show of...
November 17, 2011
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
It's our annual Around the Nation predictions column, where we say who will surprise and disappoint...
November 12, 2011
North Central Closes Regular Season with Shutout Win
The North Central College football team accomplished both of its objectives in Saturday's regular-se...
November 5, 2011
North Central Rolls Over Wheaton, Clinches Playoff Bid
Taking advantage of a series of big passing plays and getting another stout effort from its defense,...
October 29, 2011
North Central Ties National Record in Rout of Elmhurst
Shaking off a slow start and putting together what turned out to be a night of record-setting...
October 26, 2011
North Central's football family
Kathie Thorne has never suited up for North Central or stood on the sideline and called plays, but...
October 22, 2011
NCC, UWW win clashes with Titans
North Central blanked Illinois Wesleyan and UW-Whitewater survived a scare from UW-Oshkosh. That and...
October 22, 2011
North Central Takes Charge Early in Shutout of IWU
A matchup many thought sure to be a down-to-the-wire affair had most of the drama removed by the...
October 15, 2011
North Central's Offense Hits Full Stride at Millikin
The North Central College football team lit up the scoreboard in its matchup at College Conference...
October 8, 2011
North Central Pulls Away Late, Vanquishes Augustana
Big plays on both sides of the ball wound up putting a close game out of reach for the North Central...
October 1, 2011
North Central Blanks Carthage, 24-0
The North Central College football team beat the Carthage College Red Men at their own game on...
September 17, 2011
North Central Shoots Down Olivet, 86-14
Piling up points at a frantic pace for the second consecutive week, the North Central College...
September 10, 2011
North Central Bounces Back, Blows Out Bethel
A return to the friendly confines of Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium turned out to be just what the North...
August 29, 2011
Ten games to watch
After a summer of debt ceiling debates, earthquakes and hurricanes, thank goodness that football is...
July 21, 2011
Our preseason All-America picks
Presenting the annual D3football.com All-American team, named every year since 2000.
April 25, 2011
2011 NFL draft preview
Even the big-money draft experts know about Cecil Shorts' measureables and think the Mount Union...
December 4, 2010
North Central's Playoff Run Halted by Defending Champs
The North Central College football team was denied in its bid to win the first quarterfinal playoff...
December 1, 2010
Who is North Central?
If it seems like North Central has less of an identity than it has in previous years, you aren't...
November 27, 2010
North Central Advances to Quarterfinals with Win over Ohio Northern
The North Central College football team is preparing for a December contest for the first time in...
November 26, 2010
Second round has big showdowns
The rankings suggest these two games should take place in December, not November. But the bracket...
November 20, 2010
North Central Cruises to First-Round Win
Scoring on their first nine possessions, the North Central College football team leaped into the...
November 13, 2010
North Central Concludes Regular Season with Conquest of North Park
The North Central College football team's second perfect 10-0 run through the regular season in...
November 10, 2010
Hanging on to hopes
Wheaton lost control of its playoff destiny last week with a Little Brass Bell loss to North...
November 6, 2010
Cardinals Clobber Wheaton, Clinch Playoff Bid
Dominating from wire to wire in what was expected to be a titanic battle, the North Central College...
October 26, 2010
Statistical Spotlight
Every time we read the Lewis and Clark-Puget Sound box score, we find something new. That and more...
October 23, 2010
North Central Scores Homecoming Win over Illinois Wesleyan
It took some time for the North Central College football team to begin firing on all cylinders...
October 16, 2010
Cardinals Bash Big Blue, 38-7
The North Central College football team was victorious for the 16th straight regular-season home...
October 2, 2010
North Central Rolls in CCIW Opener
Another stellar defensive performance and a massive advantage in the running game led to another...
September 28, 2010
Cardinals have chip on their shoulder
North Central didn't make the playoffs as an at-large team in 2009, and the unbeaten Cardinals loom...
September 25, 2010
Coe, UMHB, North Central beat ranked foes
Coe rallied at home, while North Central pulled away and Mount Union and Ohio Northern cruised. More...
September 24, 2010
Triple Take
There's a bunch of big games here in Week 4. How do our panel of experts think they'll go? Predictio...
October 6, 2005
Two good games, one great trip
After this weekend’s trip to see UW-Eau Claire play at UW-Whitewater, then North Central...