- The Wolves won 76 percent (211-61-6) of their football games between 1946-76.
- The 64th annual Gypsy Day game on Oct. 9, 1982, was cancelled against St. Cloud State. A monsoon-like rainstorm came through Aberdeen that morning and flooded Swisher Field.
- Mark Payne led Dakota Wesleyan to a 20-0 football win over Northern Normal & Industrial School by dropkicking a national record 63-yard field goal in Aberdeen on Oct. 9, 1915.
- While on a recruiting trip to Iowa and Minnesota on Nov. 15, 1988, Northern football coach Dennis Miller stopped at every phone booth he saw to call home to find out if the NAIA Division I national rankings had been released. He eventually would find out his Wolves were ranked 16th, and would make the 16-team playoffs.
- Twenty-eight of the 43 members of 1948 Northern State conference champion football team were World War II veterans.
- Northern defeated visiting Huron College 25-0 on Sept. 26, 1930. Admission was 50 cents, plus 10 cents federal tax.
- For three years in a row, the Northern-Huron score was 12-0 with Northern wins in 1924 and 1925 and a Huron win in 1926.
- Northern left by train for Mitchell Oct. 7, 1919, to play Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 8. When the team arrived in Mitchell, they found out it had mixed up the date of the game. So they had to return to Aberdeen. The two teams did not play that season.
- Chosen as the 1910 Northern school yellmaster was John “Rah-Rah” Rawson of Groton. After one football win, he created a stir by running around campus in his nightgown.
- Of the 167 varsity athletes participating on Northern’s campus in 1965-66, only one flunked out of school.
- The thermal underwear worn by the 1959 Northern football team became legendary around campus for years. Northern players said the gear played a huge role in their 7-0 upset of Huron College in horrible weather on Nov. 14, 1959. The loss ended Huron’s 27-game winning streak.
- From 2004 to 2010, Northern State had seven season-opening quarterbacks in as many seasons: Nicholas Wanner in 2010, Joei Fiegler in 2009, Eric Ellingson in 2008, Andrew Wanner in 2007, Jimmie Griffin in 2006, Andrew Corre in 2005 and Toby Korrodi in 2004.
- In fall camp, the 1968 Northern football team practiced from 10 a.m. until noon and from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. each day.
- After seven seasons without belonging to a conference, Northern football joined the Northern Intercollegiate Conference in 1980.
- The Aberdeen eighth-grade football team was good in 1903. They not only beat the high school second-team, but the Northern Normal and Industrial School’s second-team as well.
- The 1908 Northern team scored 15 touchdowns - seven by Carl Thompkins - in a 91-0 win over Britton High School that was called halfway through the second half due to darkness.
- Northern athletic director and assistant football coach Clark Swisher had his car stolen during the 1976 season. When Swisher and his wife, Doris, arrived home after a game, they saw their 1962 Ford pulling away from the driveway. They figured it was one of their sons. Later, the son came home driving the family Volkswagen. Police were called and found the car undamaged a while later.
- Clark Swisher, 78, agreed to be the target of a roast as a fundraiser for the South Dakota March of Dimes in Aberdeen on Nov. 17, 1994. Coaches around the state lined up, especially the staff at Northern State — telling the American News they were eagerly awaiting their chance to roast the South Dakota legend. “Clark is a roast waiting to happen,” joked NSU football coach Dennis Miller.
- Northern sophomore Rich Andrzejewskibooted a school record54-yard field goal to lead Northern State to a 43-6 win over the Southern State Pointers in Aberdeen on Oct. 24, 1970.
- The 1910 Northern football team recorded seven shutouts, outscoring opponents 227-0. In Northern's only loss, the State Agriculture College in Brookings shut out Northern 17-0.
- South Dakota Tech nipped Northern 36-34 in 1970, ending the Wolves' 33-game South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference winning streak that stretched over six seasons.
- Not only did Northern defeat Black Hills Teachers College 26-19 in the 1948 Gypsy Day game, Duke Ellington and his orchestra played for the homecoming dance that night. The band had played the night before in a public concert in Aberdeen.
- The Aberdeen newspaper reported on Nov. 23, 1910, that the street cars in Aberdeen were up and running the day before the big Thanksgiving football game between Northern and Montevideo Institute. For a nickel, you could ride from one end of the city to the other.
- In the 1950s and ’60s, Northern lost only 12 of its 94 home games.
- NSU defeated Minnesota-Duluth 49-26 on Oct. 14, 2000. Ricky Fritz, grandson of former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, was the Duluth quarterback.
- NSU defeated Southwest 27-20 in 1998 in the first overtime game in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference history. The NSIC preceded other conferences in offering overtime for a three-year period in the 1980s, but the extra period was never needed during that stretch. The NSIC joined other NCAA schools in implementing the tiebreaker system in 1996.
- In the 1915 Northern Normal and Industrial School student handbook, football captain Ralph Troge called for candidates to try out for the team, writing: “Men with real blood and nerve, there is a place for you on the N.N.I.S. gridiron this fall.”
- In a rare road appearance, the NSU band performed in St. Paul on Oct. 18, 2003, when Concordia-St. Paul nipped the Wolves 59-52.
NSU Football trivia
Northern State University's Logan Dosch, right, celebrates as teammate Marquis Mulkey (29) intercepted a pass intended for Southwest Minnesota State's Anthony Dean (11) during Thursday night's game at Swisher Field. Mulkey's interception in the end zone resulted in a touchback for NSU and the ball at the 20 yard line. (Photo by John Davis taken 9/1/2011 / October 3, 2012)