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1990 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 24
APNo. 25
1990 record8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Mackovic (3rd season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#16/14 Michigan State § 6 2 0     8 3 1
#25/24 Illinois § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#18/16 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 5 2 1     7 4 1
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 4 1     6 5 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     2 9 0
Purdue 1 7 0     2 9 0
Wisconsin 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1990 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach John Mackovic, the Illini compiled an 8–4 record, finished in a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference, were ranked #25 in the final AP Poll, and lost to Clemson in the 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl.[1]

The team's offensive leader were quarterback Jason Verduzco with 2,567 passing yards, fullback Howard Griffith with 1,115 rushing yards, and Shawn Wax with 863 receiving yards.[2]

ScheduleEdit

The non conference games for the Fighting Illini were against Arizona, Colorado and Southern Illinois.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 88:00 PMat Arizona*No. 11L 16–28
September 152:30 PMNo. 9 Colorado*No. 21W 23–2264,351
September 222:30 PMSouthern Illinois*No. 15
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 56–21
October 62:30 PMat No. 20 Ohio StateNo. 13ABCW 31–2089,404
October 1312:00 PMPurdueNo. 11
W 34–060,604
October 202:30 PMNo. 24 Michigan StatedaggerNo. 8
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ABCW 15–1370,398
October 271:00 PMat WisconsinNo. 5W 21–367,746
November 32:30 PMNo. 13 IowaNo. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ABCL 28–5472,714
November 1011:00 AMat No. 19 MichiganNo. 17L 17–22105,343
November 1711:30 AMIndianaNo. 22W 24–10
November 241:00 PMNorthwesternNo. 22
W 28–23
January 112:00 PMvs. No. 14 Clemson*No. 16NBCL 0–3063,154
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
[3]

Game summariesEdit

ColoradoEdit

#9 Colorado at #21 Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Buffaloes 7 10 2 3 22
Fighting Illini 3 7 7 6 23
         
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1989 L 7–38

[4]


IowaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–18–2 1989 W 31–7

MichiganEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
19–55–1 1989 L 10–24


IndianaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–15–2 1989 W 41–28


NorthwesternEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
44–34–5 1989 W 63–14

Clemson (Hall of Fame Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Award winnersEdit

  • Darrick Brownlow - linebacker (1st-team All-America pick by Football News; 1st-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Moe Gardner - defensive lineman (consensus 1st-team All-American; 1st-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Howard Griffith - fullback (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Doug Higgins - placekicker (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Henry Jones - defensive back (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Marlon Primous - defensive back (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Tim Simpson -offensive guard (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)
  • Shawn Wax - receiver (2nd-team all-Big Ten pick by AP)

ReferencesEdit

Template:Big Ten Conference football champions

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