2001 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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2001 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Big Ten Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 34–47 vs. LSU
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12[1]
AP #12[2]
2001 record 10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Ron Turner
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 70,904)
Seasons
« 2000 2002 »
2001 Big Ten football standings
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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 2:30 PM at California* Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA FSN W 44–17   38,160[3]
September 8 11:00 AM Northern Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN+ W 17–12   45,674[4]
September 22 11:00 AM #25 Louisville* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPN W 34–10   43,232[5]
September 29 2:30 PM at #17 Michigan #22 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 20–45   107,085[6]
October 6 11:00 AM Minnesota Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPN+ W 32–14   53,225[7]
October 13 11:00 AM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN2 W 35–14   31,116[8]
October 20 11:00 AM Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPN W 42–35   70,904[9]
November 3 11:00 AM at #20 Purdue #21 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) ESPN W 38–13   61,568[10]
November 10 2:30 PM Penn State #15 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ABC W 33–28   70,904[11]
November 17 11:00 AM at #25 Ohio State #12 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Illibuck) ESPN W 34–22   104,407[12]
November 24 11:00 AM Northwestern #10 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) ESPN2 W 34–28   45,755[13]
January 1 7:30 PM vs. #12 LSU* #7 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 34–47   77,688[14]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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