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1973 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1973 record5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachBob Blackman (3rd season)
MVPEddie Jenkins, Octavus Morgan
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1973 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois in the 1973 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 5–6 record and finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jeff Hollenbach with 916 passing yards, running back George Uremovich with 519 rushing yards, and wide receiver Garvin Roberson with 416 receiving yards.[2] Halfback Eddie Jenkins and defensive end Octavus Morgan were selected as the team's most valuable players.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 15at IndianaW 28–14
September 22at California*W 27–7
September 29West Virginia*L 10–17
October 6Stanford*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–24
October 13Purdue
W 15–13
October 20at Michigan StateW 6–3
October 27Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 50–0
November 3No. 1 Ohio State
L 0–30
November 10at No. 4 MichiganL 6–21
November 17Minnesota
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 16–19
November 24at NorthwesternL 6–9
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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