1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 13
1959 record 5–3–1 (4–2–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Ray Eliot (18th season)
MVP Bill Burrell
Captain Bill Burrell
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Wisconsin $ 5 2 0     7 3 0
Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
No. 13 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 18th year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 5–3–1 record and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] After the season, guard Bill Burrell was selected as the team's most valuable player and also received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 0–20    
October 3 No. 4 Army* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 20–14    
October 10 at Ohio State No. 20 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 9–0    
October 17 Minnesota No. 13 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 14–6    
October 24 vs. No. 8 Penn State* No. 13 Cleveland StadiumCleveland, OH L 9–20    
October 31 No. 11 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) T 7–7    
November 7 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 15–20    
November 14 at No. 7 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 9–6    
November 21 No. 8 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 28–0    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1959 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 28, 2016.