1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1967 record 4–6 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Valek (1st season)
MVP John K. Wright
Captain Ron Bess, Ken Kmiec
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1966
1968 →
1967 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Indiana + 6 1 0     9 2 0
Minnesota + 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 9 Purdue + 6 1 0     8 2 0
Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Illinois 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan State 3 4 0     3 7 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     3 7 0
Iowa 0 6 1     1 8 1
Wisconsin 0 6 1     0 9 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1967 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1967 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Jim Valek, the Illini compiled a 4–6 record and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Dean Volkman with 1,005 passing yards, running back Rich Johnson with 768 rushing yards, and wide receiver John Wright with 698 receiving yards.[2] End John K. Wright was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 23 at Florida* Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 0–14    
September 30 Pittsburgh* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 34–6    
October 7 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 7–20    
October 14 Minnesota Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 7–10    
October 21 Notre Dame* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 7–47    
October 28 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 17–13    
November 4 No. 6 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) L 9–42    
November 11 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 14–21    
November 18 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 27–21    
November 25 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 21–19    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

This was the first season since 1952 that Illinois would face Iowa, following the chaos of their last matchup.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1967 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1967 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Dochterman, Scott (June 11, 2011). "Special report: How pass interference, a jawbreaker and tossed apples nearly canned the Iowa-Illinois football rivalry". The Gazette. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/games/illinois/vs/iowa Illinois vs. Iowa All-Time. Winsipedia.