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1935 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1935 record3–5 (1–4 Big Ten)
Head coachRobert Zuppke (23rd season)
MVPEd Gryboski
CaptainCharles S. Galbreath
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1934
1936 →
1935 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota § 5 0 0     8 0 0
#5 Ohio State § 5 0 0     7 1 0
Purdue 3 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 2 2 1     4 3 1
#16 Northwestern 2 3 1     4 3 1
#18 Iowa 1 2 2     4 2 2
Chicago 2 3 0     4 4 0
Michigan 2 3 0     4 4 0
Illinois 1 4 0     3 5 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     1 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from UP Sports Writers

The 1935 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1935 college football season. In their 23rd season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 3–5 record and finished in a tie for last place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] Guard Ed Gryboski was selected as the team's most valuable player.[2]

On November 9, 1935, Illinois defeated Michigan, 3 to 0, before a homecoming crowd of 28,136 at a rainy Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. In a low-scoring match, Lowell Spurgeon kicked a 22-yard field goal for Illinois in the second quarter. Michigan's offense was stifled by the Illinois defense. The Wolverines gained only 10 yards of total offense and secured only one first down, that one coming on an Illinois penalty for running into the punter in the third quarter. Michigan threw only two forward passes, with either one or both of them resulting in an interception.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 28Ohio*L 0–619,404
October 5Washington University*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 28–618,886
October 12at USC*W 19–050,000[4]
October 26Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–1926,647[5]
November 2at Northwestern L 3–1036,000[6]
November 9Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (series)
W 3–028,136[7]
November 16at Ohio State L 0–643,000[8]
November 23Chicago
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 6–712,536[9]
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1935 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1935-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/fightingillini.com/documents/2015/8/3/3_History_7_30.pdf. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. Tod Rockwell (November 10, 1935). "Illini Beat U. of M., 3-0: Loss First in Big Ten for Wolverine Eleven". Detroit Free Press: pp. Sports 1, 3. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8146876/illini_beat_u_of_m_30_loss_first/.(The game's statistical summary reflects two interceptions; the game narrative references only one interception.)
  4. "Illinois Eleven Routs Trojans, 19-0". Los Angeles Times: pp. 17, 20. October 13, 1935. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20915756/illinois_eleven_routs_trojans_190/.
  5. "Iowa Batters Illinois, 19-0". The Des Moines Register: pp. Sports 1-2. October 27, 1935. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20915848/iowa_batters_illinois_190/.
  6. Irving Vaughan (November 3, 1935). "N.U. Whips Illinois, 10-3, on 42 Yard Run". Chicago Tribune: pp. II-1, II-6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20915385/nu_whips_illinois_103_on_42_yard/.
  7. Stewart Owen (November 10, 1935). "Illinois Beats Michigan; Spurgeon Kicks Goal, Buries Wolverine Hopes in Mud, 3-0". Chicago Tribune: pp. II-1, II-7. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20915503/illinois_beats_michigan_spurgeon_kicks/.
  8. Wilfrid Smith (November 17, 1935). "Ohio Defeats Illinois, 6-0, On Dye's Long Run". Chicago Tribune: pp. II-1, II-6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20915590/ohio_defeats_illinois_60_on_dyes/.
  9. Harvey Woodruff (November 24, 1935). "Chicago and Notre Dame Victors; Berwanger's Run and Plunge Beat Illini, 7-6". Chicago Tribune: pp. II-1, II-5. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/19587405/chicago_tribune/.
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