1973 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1973 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1973 record 5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bob Blackman (3rd season)
MVP Eddie Jenkins, Octavus Morgan
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State + 7 0 1     10 0 1
No. 6 Michigan + 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois in the 1973 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 5–6 record and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jeff Hollenbach with 916 passing yards, running back George Uremovich with 519 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 416 receiving yards.[2] Halfback Eddie Jenkins and defensive end Octavus Morgan were selected as the team's most valuable players.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 15 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 28–14    
September 22 at California* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 27–7    
September 29 West Virginia* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 10–17    
October 6 Stanford* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 0–24    
October 13 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) W 15–13    
October 20 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 6–3    
October 27 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 50–0    
November 3 No. 1 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) L 0–30    
November 10 at No. 4 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6–21    
November 17 Minnesota Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 16–19    
November 24 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) L 6–9    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "1973 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1973 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.