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1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1971 record5–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachBob Blackman (1st season)
MVPTerry Masar
CaptainGlenn Collier, Larry McCarren
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/4 Michigan 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 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.[1]

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.[2] Punter/halfback Terry Masar was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11at Michigan StateL 0–10
September 18North Carolina*L 0–27
September 25at No. 16 USC*L 0–28
October 2No. 15 Washington*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 14–52
October 9No. 15 Ohio State
L 10–24
October 16at No. 3 MichiganL 6–35
October 23No. 17 Purdue
W 21–7
October 30Northwestern
W 24–7
November 6at IndianaW 22–21
November 13at WisconsinW 35–27
November 20Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 31–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1971 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense 73 Dobson, Bruce OT 6-5 230 So. Indianapolis, Ind. (Howe) 86 Dubrish, Bob TE 6-2 195 So. Green Bay, Wis. (East) 64 Elledge, Bob OG 6-3 227 Jr. LaMesa, Calif. (Hinsdale) 56 Gann, John OG 6-1 225 So. Northlake, Ill. (West Leyden)
Pos. # Name Class
T 76 Dobrzeniecki, MikeMike Dobrzeniecki Jr
T 79 Driscoll, DennisDennis Driscoll Jr
C 54 McCarren, LarryLarry McCarren Jr
C 51 Sullivan, GerryGerry Sullivan So
QB 12 Wells, MikeMike Wells Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 75 Bennett, TabTab Bennett Jr
DB 24 Dufelmeier, JamieJamie Dufelmeier 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

ReferencesEdit


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