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1988 Illinois Fighting Illini football
All-American Bowl, L 10–14 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1988 record6–5–1 (5–2–1 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Mackovic (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorLou Tepper (1st season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach John Mackovic, the Illini compiled a 6–5–1 record, finished in third place in the Big Ten Conference, and lost to Florida in the 1988 All-American Bowl.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jeff George with 2,257 passing yards, running back Keith Jones with 1,108 rushing yards, and Steve Williams with 523 receiving yards.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 3Washington State*L 7–44
September 10at Arizona State*L 16–21
September 17Utah*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 35–24
October 1at Ohio StateW 31–12
October 8Purdue
W 20–0
October 15at WisconsinW 34–6
October 22Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 21–28
October 29at MinnesotaT 27–27
November 5No. 20 Indiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 21–20
November 12at No. 13 MichiganL 9–38
November 19Northwestern
W 14–9
December 29vs. Florida*L 10–14
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


ReferencesEdit

  1. "1988 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1988-schedule.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. "1988 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/1988.html. Retrieved December 16, 2015.


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