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1970 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1970 record3–7 (1–6 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Valek (4th season)
MVPDoug Dieken
CaptainKirk McMillin, Doug Dieken
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Ohio State 7 0 0     9 1 0
#9/7 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1970 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth and final year under head coach Jim Valek, the Illini compiled a 3–7 record and finished in a tie for last place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Wells with 906 passing yards, running back Darrell Robinson with 749 rushing yards, and wide receiver Doug Dieken with 537 receiving yards.[2] Dieken was selected for the second consecutive year as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 19Oregon*W 20–16
September 26Tulane*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 9–23
October 3Syracuse*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 27–0
October 10at NorthwesternL 0–48
October 17Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 24–30
October 24No. 1 Ohio State
L 29–48
October 31at PurdueW 23–21
November 7at No. 5 MichiganL 0–42
November 14Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 17–29
November 21at IowaL 16–22
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1970 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 82 Dieken, DougDoug Dieken Sr
T 54 McCarren, LarryLarry McCarren So
QB 12 Wells, MikeMike Wells So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 52 Allen, LarryLarry Allen So
S 29 Allen, SteveSteve Allen Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Season summaryEdit

OregonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oregon 0 7 0 9 16
• Illinois 0 10 7 3 20

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "1970 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1970-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. "1970 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1970.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. "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 29, 2016.
  4. Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 Sep 20. Retrieved 2018-Nov-04.


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