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2009 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2009 record3–9 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachRon Zook (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Schultz (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread option
Co-defensive coordinatorDan Disch (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorCurt Mallory (3rd season)
CaptainJon Asamoah
CaptainArrelious Benn
CaptainDoug Pilcher
CaptainIan Thomas
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,870)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/5 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#7/7 Iowa   6 2         11 2  
#9/8 Penn State   0* 2         0* 2  
#16/16 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Northwestern   5 3         8 5  
Michigan State   4 4         6 7  
Purdue   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 9  
Michigan   1 7         5 7  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2009 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head football coach was Ron Zook. The Illini played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. This was Ron Zook's fifth season as the Illini head coach. The Illini finished the season 3–9 (2–6 Big Ten). The Illini failed to live up to the lofty preseason expectations, receiving almost enough votes in the AP Poll to be ranked (and were said to be the unofficial #26 ranked team in the AP Poll because of this), and even were considered[by whom?] a dark horse candidate for the Big Ten championship. But after their blowout loss to Missouri, they failed to receive any votes, and failed to show any improvement until the Michigan State game, which followed blowout losses to Penn State and Ohio State, but by late in the season, they were able to upset Michigan and Minnesota while also giving Cincinnati a game.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 52:30 PMvs. Missouri*ESPNL 9–3764,215[1]
September 126:00 PMIllinois State*BTNW 45–1762,347[2]
September 262:30 PMat No. 13 Ohio StateABC/ESPNL 0–30105,219[3]
October 32:30 PMNo. 13 Penn State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ABC/ESPN2L 17–3562,870[4]
October 1011:00 AMMichigan Statedagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 14–2462,870[5]
October 176:00 PMat IndianaBTNL 14–2742,358[6]
October 2411:00 AMat PurdueESPN2L 14–2447,349[7]
October 312:30 PMMichigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ABC/ESPN2W 38–1360,119[8]
November 711:00 AMat MinnesotaBTNW 35–3250,805[9]
November 1411:00 AMNorthwestern
ESPNCL 16–2160,523[10]
November 2711:00 AMat No. 5 Cincinnati*ABCL 36–4935,106[11]
December 511:30 AMFresno State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 52–5348,538[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Missouri Tigers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. September 5, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292480356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  2. "Illinois State Redbirds vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. September 12, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292550356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  3. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. September 26, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292690194. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  4. "Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Illinois Fighting Illni Box Score". ESPN. October 3, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292760356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  5. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. October 10, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292830356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  6. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Indiana Hoosiers Box Score". ESPN. October 17, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292900084. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  7. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN. October 24, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292972509. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  8. "Michigan Wolverines vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. October 31, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293040356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  9. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Box Score". ESPN. November 7, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293110135. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  10. "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. November 14, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293180356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  11. "Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN. November 27, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293312132. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  12. "Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. December 5, 2009. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293390356. Retrieved March 8, 2010.


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