|1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1971 record||5–6 (5–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Bob Blackman (1st season)|
|Captain||Glenn Collier, Larry McCarren|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1971 Big Ten football standings|
|#6/4 Michigan †||8||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' 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.
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. Punter/halfback Terry Masar was selected as the team's most valuable player.
|September 11||at Michigan State||L 0–10|
|September 18||North Carolina*||L 0–27|
|September 25||at No. 16 USC*||L 0–28|
|October 2||No. 15 Washington*||L 14–52|
|October 9||No. 15 Ohio State||L 10–24|
|October 16||at No. 3 Michigan||L 6–35|
|October 23||No. 17 Purdue||W 21–7|
|October 30||Northwestern||W 24–7|
|November 6||at Indiana||W 22–21|
|November 13||at Wisconsin||W 35–27|
|November 20||Iowa||W 31–0|
|1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster|
| Special teams
- ↑ "1971 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1971-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- ↑ "1971 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1971.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- ↑ "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.
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