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1982 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Liberty Bowl, L 15–21 vs. Alabama
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1982 record7–5 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coachMike White (3rd season)
MVPTony Eason
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#NR/15 Michigan 8 1 0     8 4 0
#12/12 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 6 2 0     8 4 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 5 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 1 8 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1982 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign during the 1982 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Mike White, the Illini compiled a 6–5 record, finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference, and lost to Alabama in the 1982 Liberty Bowl, which was Hall of Famer Bear Bryant's final game as Alabama's head coach.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Tony Eason with 3,248 passing yards, running back Dwight Beverly with 390 rushing yards, and wide receiver Mike Martin with 941 receiving yards.[2] Eason was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 4NorthwesternW 49–13
September 11Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 23–16
September 18at Syracuse*W 47–10
September 25No. 3 Pittsburgh*No. 19
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 3–20
October 2at No. 19 MinnesotaW 42–24
October 9PurdueNo. 20
W 38–34
October 16Ohio StateNo. 15
L 21–26
October 23at WisconsinW 29–28
October 30at IowaL 13–14
November 6No. 15 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 10–16
November 13at IndianaW 48–7
December 29vs. Alabama*L 15–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1982 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 3 Eason, TonyTony Eason Sr
C 55 Lingner, AdamAdam Lingner 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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