1983 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Team
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1983 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Team
1983 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 9-45 vs. UCLA
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
1983 record10-2 (9-0 Big Ten)
Head coachMike White (4th season)
MVPDon Thorp
Captains
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 70,906)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Illinois $ 9 0 0     10 2 0
No. 8 Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
No. 14 Iowa 7 2 0     9 3 0
No. 9 Ohio State 6 3 0     9 3 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 4 0
Purdue 3 5 1     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 1     4 6 1
Indiana 2 7 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jack Trudeau with 2,446 passing yards, running back Thomas Rooks with 842 rushing yards, and wide receiver David Williams with 870 receiving yards.[1] Defensive end Don Thorp was selected as the team's most valuable player and also received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference.[2] The 1983 Illini were the first team in Big Ten history to go 9-0 in regular season conference play, and the only team to do so until Wisconsin went 9-0 in 2017.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 101:30 PMat Missouri*L 18-2853,744
September 176:00 PMStanford*W 17-772,852
September 2411:30 AMat No. 19 Michigan StateABCW 20-1075,867
October 11:00 PMNo. 4 Iowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 33-073,351
October 81:30 PMat WisconsinNo. 19W 27-1578,307
October 151:00 PMNo. 6 Ohio StateNo. 19
W 17-1373,414
October 221:30 PMat PurdueNo. 11W 35-2169,328
October 2911:30 AMNo. 8 MichiganNo. 9
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
CBSW 16-676,127
November 57:00 PMat MinnesotaNo. 6W 50-2335,514
November 121:00 PMIndianaNo. 5
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 49-2173,612
November 191:00 PMat NorthwesternNo. 4W 56-2452,333
January 24:00 PMvs. UCLA*No. 4NBCL 9-45103,217
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

*Schedule Source:[3]

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "1983 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Illinois Yearly Results: 1980-1984". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2013.



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