1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1971 record 5–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Blackman (1st season)
MVP Terry Masar
Captain Glenn Collier, Larry McCarren
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Michigan $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 5–6 record and finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Wells with 1,007 passing yards, running back John Wilson with 543 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 372 receiving yards.[2] Punter/halfback Terry Masar was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0–10    
September 18 North Carolina* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 0–27    
September 25 at No. 16 USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 0–28    
October 2 No. 15 Washington* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 14–52    
October 9 No. 15 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) L 10–24    
October 16 at No. 3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6–35    
October 23 No. 17 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) W 21–7    
October 30 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 24–7    
November 6 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 22–21    
November 13 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 35–27    
November 20 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 31–0    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "1971 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1971 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.