|1977 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1977 record||3–8 (2–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Gary Moeller (1st season)|
|MVP||James Coleman, John Sullivan|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1977 Big Ten football standings|
|#9/8 Michigan §||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#11/12 Ohio State §||7||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|§ – Conference co-champions |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1977 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1977 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Gary Moeller, the Illini compiled a 3–8 record and finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mike McCray with 418 passing yards, running back James Coleman with 715 rushing yards, and wide receiver Tom Schooley with 231 receiving yards. Coleman and linebacker John Sullivan were selected as the team's most valuable players.
|September 10||No. 2 Michigan||L 9–37|
|September 17||Missouri*||W 11–7|
|September 24||at Stanford*||L 24–37|
|October 1||Syracuse*||L 20–30|
|October 8||at No. 19 Wisconsin||L 0–26|
|October 15||at Purdue||W 29–22|
|October 22||Indiana||W 21–7|
|October 29||at Michigan State||L 20–49|
|November 5||No. 4 Ohio State||L 0–35|
|November 12||Minnesota||L 0–21|
|November 19||at Northwestern||L 7–21|
- "1977 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1977-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "1977 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1977.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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