1914 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1914 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1914 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
National champion (Billingsley)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Western Conference champion
Conference Western Conference
1914 record 7–0 (6–0 Western)
Head coach Robert Zuppke
Offensive scheme I formation[1]
Captain Ralph Chapman
Seasons
← 1913
1915 →
1914 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois $ 6 0 0     7 0 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     6 1 0
Chicago 4 2 1     4 2 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1     4 2 1
Ohio State 2 2 0     5 2 0
Purdue 2 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 1 2 0     4 3 0
Indiana 1 4 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1914 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1914 college football season. The Fighting Illini compiled a 7–0 record (6–0 against Western Conference opponents), claim a national championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 224 to 22,[2] the team was retroactively selected as the national champion for 1914 by the Billingsley Report and as a co-national champion with Army by Parke H. Davis.[3]

End Perry Graves and guard Ralph Chapman were consensus All-Americans. Chapman was the team captain.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/03/1914 Christian Brothers* Illinois FieldChampaign, IL W 37–0  
10/10/1914 Indiana Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 51–0  
10/17/1914 Ohio State Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 37–0  
10/24/1914 at Northwestern Northwestern FieldEvanston, IL W 33–0  
10/31/1914 Minnesota Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 21–6  
11/14/1914 Chicago Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 21–7  
11/21/1914 at Wisconsin Madison, WI W 24–9  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Roster[edit]

Player Position
Perry Graves Right End
Manley Ross Petty Right Tackle
Frank Stewart Right Guard
John Ward Nelson Right guard
John Wesley Watson Center
Ralph Chapman (captain) Left guard
Lennox Francois Armstrong Left tackle
Olay Madsen Left tackle
Sylvester Randall Derby Left end
George Kasson Squier Left end
George Clark Quarterback
Bart Macomber Right halfback
Frank Howard Pethybridge Right halfback
Eugene Schobinger Fullback
Orlie Rue Fullback
Alexander Wagner Left halfback
Harold Pogue Left halfback

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Consensus first-team selection on the 1914 All-America team[5]
  • Lennox F. Armstrong, tackle
  • Third-team All-American selection by Frank G. Menke[6]
  • Outing magazine's "Football Roll of Honor: The Men Whom the Best Coaches of the Country Have Named as the Stars of the Gridiron in 1914"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=5pPYAODf6ZAC&pg=PA207
  2. ^ "1914 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". 
  3. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Menke Selects Annual All-American Eleven". New Castle News. November 25, 1914. 
  7. ^ a b "Football Roll of Honor: The Men Whom the Best Coaches of the Country Have Named as the Stars of the Gridiron in 1914" (PDF). Outing. 1915. p. 498. 
  8. ^ Spalding's Official Football Guide 1915
  9. ^ "Eckersall Names All-Stars: Eckersall Names One Western Man; Maulbetsch of Michigan on All-American". Waterloo Evening Courier. December 12, 1914. 
  10. ^ "Walter Camp's Three All-American Elevens". The Syracuse Herald. 1914-12-13. 
  11. ^ "Menke Selects Annual All-American Eleven". New Castle News. 1914-11-25.