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2001 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Big Ten champion
Sugar Bowl, L 34–47 vs. LSU
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12[1]
APNo. 12[2]
2001 record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachRon Turner (5th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 70,904)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12/12 Illinois   7 1         10 2  
#20/20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 5  
Wisconsin   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   2 6         4 7  
Northwestern   2 6         4 7  
† – BCS representative as champion

The 2001 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. They participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. Their home games were played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Led by senior quarterback Kurt Kittner, the team won the Big Ten Conference title and earned a Sugar Bowl berth, but lost to LSU, 47–34.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 PMat California*FSNW 44–1738,160[3]
September 811:00 AMNorthern Illinois*ESPN+W 17–1245,674[4]
September 2211:00 AMNo. 25 Louisville*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ESPNW 34–1043,232[5]
September 292:30 PMat No. 17 MichiganNo. 22ABCL 20–45107,085[6]
October 611:00 AMMinnesota
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ESPN+W 32–1453,225[7]
October 1312:00 PMat IndianaW 35–1431,116[8]
October 2011:00 AMWisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ESPNW 42–3570,904[9]
November 311:00 AMat No. 20 PurdueNo. 21ESPNW 38–1361,568[10]
November 102:30 PMPenn StateNo. 15
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ABCW 33–2870,904[11]
November 1711:00 AMat No. 25 Ohio StateNo. 12ESPNW 34–22104,407[12]
November 2411:00 AMNorthwesternNo. 10
ESPN2W 34–2845,755[13]
January 17:30 PMvs. No. 12 LSU*No. 7ABCL 34–4777,688[14]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

2001 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 71 Butkus, LukeLuke Butkus Sr
FB 24 Davis, CareyCarey Davis So
G 64 Diehl, DavidDavid Diehl Jr
QB 15 Kittner, KurtKurt Kittner Sr
WR 17 Lewis, GregGreg Lewis Jr
WR 6 Lloyd, BrandonBrandon Lloyd Sr
WR 86 Moorehead, AaronAaron Moorehead Jr
G 79 Pashos, TonyTony Pashos Sr
C 75 Preston, DukeDuke Preston Fr
QB/RB 18 Young, WalterWalter Young Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 96 Moore, BrandonBrandon Moore Sr
LB 44 Sinclair, MattMatt Sinclair Fr
DB 28 Wilson, EugeneEugene Wilson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 37 Weatherford, SteveSteve Weatherford Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. Year-by-Year Final Coaches' Polls – AFCA.com—Official Site of the American Football Coaches Association Script error
  2. CNNSI.com – College Football – Associated Press Top 25 College Football Poll – Tuesday January 8, 2002
  3. "Illinois at California". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. September 1, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/090101aab.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  4. "Northern Illinois at Illinois". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. September 8, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/090801aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  5. "Louisville at Illinois". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. September 22, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/092201aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  6. "Michigan 45, Illinois 20". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. September 29, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/092901aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  7. "Minnesota at Illinois". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. October 6, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/100601aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  8. "Illinois 35, Indiana 14". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. October 13, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/101301aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  9. "Wisconsin at Illinois". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. October 20, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/102001aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. "Illinois 38, Purdue 13". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. November 3, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/110301aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  11. "Penn State at Illinois". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. November 10, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/111001aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  12. "Illinois 34, Ohio State 22". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. November 17, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/111701aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  13. "No. 10 Illinois 34, Northwestern 28". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. November 24, 2001. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/112201aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  14. "Louisiana State 47, Illinois 34". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. January 1, 2002. http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/010102aaa.html. Retrieved November 20, 2014.

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