1901 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceWestern Conference
1901 record8–2 (4–2 Western)
Head coachEdgar Holt (1st season)
CaptainJusta Lindgren
Home stadiumIllinois Field
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Template:1901 Western Conference football standings The 1901 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1901 Western Conference football season. In its first season under head coach Edgar Holt, the team compiled an 8–2 record, finished in fourth place in the Western Conference, and outscored opponents by a total of 243 to 39.[1]

Tackle Justa Lindgren was the team captain.[2] Two Illinois players received honors on the 1901 All-Western college football team:

  • Guard Jake Stahl - first-team honors from the Chicago American, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Record-Herald, and Chicago Tribune
  • Center Fred Lowenthal - first-team honors from the Chicago American, Chicago Tribune, and Walter Camp.



September 28[[{{{school}}}|Englewood High School]]*W 39–0700[5]
October 5Marion Sims*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 52–01,200[6]
October 11Chicago College of Physicians & Surgeons*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 23–0[7]
October 12Washington (MO)*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 21–0[8]
October 19at ChicagoW 24–0[9]
October 26Northwestern
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL (rivalry)
L 11–17[10]
November 2at IndianaW 18–0[11]
November 9at IowaW 27–05,000[12]
November 16at PurdueW 28–6[13]
November 28Minnesota
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–16[14]
  • *Non-conference game



1901 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
HB Brundage, Martin D.Martin D. Brundage
T Bundy, H.W.H.W. Bundy
TE Cook, James F.James F. Cook
TE Doud, William O.William O. Doud
G Fairweather, Charles A.Charles A. Fairweather
HB Huntoon, Harry A.Harry A. Huntoon
HB Jutton, LeeLee Jutton
T Lindgren, Justa M.Justa M. Lindgren (C)
C Lowenthal, ArthurArthur Lowenthal
QB McKinley, George H.George H. McKinley
FB McKnight, William A.William A. McKnight
HB Parker, Roy S.Roy S. Parker
E Siler, Roderick W.Roderick W. Siler
G Stahl, GarlandGarland Stahl
QB Stephenson, Lewis A.Lewis A. Stephenson
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
G Allen, Lawrence T.Lawrence T. Allen
T, G Capen, Bernard C.Bernard C. Capen
HB, FB Cayou, C.M.C.M. Cayou
HB, G Coons, W.W. Coons
FB Dakin, WalterWalter Dakin
T Fairchild, Lawrence S.D.Lawrence S.D. Fairchild
TE Logeman, A.E.A.E. Logeman
G Smock, Walter F.Walter F. Smock
G Stone, Clyde E.Clyde E. Stone
C Wilson, Joseph W.Joseph W. Wilson
Head coach

Edgar Holt

Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Last update: November 16, 2016



  1. "1901 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. "The All-Western Fiction". The Minneapolis Journal: p. 8. December 2, 1901.
  4. "Walter Camp's All-Western Team". The Michigan Alumnus: p. 179. January 1902.
  5. "Illinois Defeats Englewood". The Chicago Tribune: p. 18. September 29, 1901.
  6. "Illinois Game Is One-Sided: Marion Sims Defeated by Score of 52 to 0 at State University Grounds". The Chicago Tribune: p. 17. October 6, 1901.
  7. "Illini Surprise Themselves: State University Scores Twenty-Three Points Against Heavy Physicians and Surgeons Eleven". The Chicago Tribune: p. 6. October 12, 1901.
  8. "Champaign Defeated Washington Yesterday 21 To 0". St. Louis Post-Dispatch: p. B3. October 13, 1901.
  9. "Illini Smother Heavy Maroons". The Sunday Inter Ocean: pp. 21-22. October 20, 1901.
  10. "Tandem Beats Illinois: Northwestern Upsets Football Calculations". The Chicago Tribune: p. 17. October 27, 1901.}
  11. "Lost To Illinois: Indiana No Longer Champion of the Two States". The Indianapolis Journal: p. 7. November 3, 1901.
  12. "Iowa Easily Defeated". The Des Moines Register: p. 4. November 10, 1901.
  13. "Lost By Purdue: Hard and Fast Game with the University of Illinois". The Indianapolis Journal: p. 1. November 17, 1901.
  14. "Giant Gophers Defeat Illinois: Minnesota Wins Champaign Football Game". The Inter Ocean: p. 3. November 29, 1901.
  16. All-Time Rosters
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