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1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1979 record2–8–1 (1–6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachGary Moeller (3rd season)
MVPLawrence McCullough
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Gary Moeller, the Illini compiled a 2–8–1 record and finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Lawrence McCullough with 1,254 passing yards, running back Mike Holmes with 792 rushing yards, and wide receiver John Lopez with 296 receiving yards.[2] McCullough was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 8at No. 10 Michigan StateL 16–33
September 15No. 11 Missouri*L 6–14
September 22at Air Force*W 27–19
September 29Navy*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 12–13
October 6Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–13
October 13at No. 20 PurdueL 14–28
October 20No. 11 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 7–27
October 27at MinnesotaT 17–17
November 3No. 5 Ohio State
L 7–44
November 10Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 14–45
November 17at NorthwesternW 29–13
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1979 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 9 McAvoy, TimTim McAvoy Jr
C 53 McBeth, MikeMike McBeth Sr
G 76 McClure, BobBob McClure Sr
QB 11 McCullough, LawrenceLawrence McCullough Sr
G 62 McMillin, TroyTroy McMillin Jr
G 78 Pavesic, RayRay Pavesic Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 89 MacLean, DanDan MacLean Sr
DT 86 Ralph, StanleyStanley Ralph Sr
LB 85 Ramshaw, JerryJerry Ramshaw Sr
LB 34 Squirek, JackJack Squirek So
CB 16 Worthy, TyronTyron Worthy So
DB 39 Zimmer, MarkMark Zimmer So
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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