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1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1972 record3–8 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachBob Blackman (2nd season)
MVPLarry McCarren, Larry Allen
CaptainLarry McCarren, John Wiza
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#9/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 3–8 record and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike Wells with 837 passing yards, running back George Uremovich with 611 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 569 receiving yards.[2] Center Larry McCarren and defensive end Larry Allen were selected as the team's most valuable players.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 16Michigan StateL 0–24
September 23No. 1 USC*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 20–55
September 30at No. 14 Washington*L 11–31
October 7No. 16 Penn State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 17–35
October 14at No. 4 Ohio StateL 7–26
October 21No. 6 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–31
October 28at PurdueL 14–20
November 4at NorthwesternW 43–13
November 11Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 37–20
November 18Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 27–7
November 25at IowaL 14–15
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1972 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 54 McCarren, LarryLarry McCarren Sr
QB 12 Wells, MikeMike Wells Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
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

ReferencesEdit


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