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1977 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1977 record3–8 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Moeller (1st season)
MVPJames Coleman, John Sullivan
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/8 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11/12 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 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.[1]

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.[2] Coleman and linebacker John Sullivan were selected as the team's most valuable players.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 10No. 2 MichiganL 9–37
September 17Missouri*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (Rivalry)
W 11–7
September 24at Stanford*L 24–37
October 1Syracuse*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 20–30
October 8at No. 19 WisconsinL 0–26
October 15at PurdueW 29–22
October 22Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 21–7
October 29at Michigan StateL 20–49
November 5No. 4 Ohio State
L 0–35
November 12Minnesota
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 0–21
November 19at NorthwesternL 7–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


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