2009 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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2009 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
2009 record 3–9 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Ron Zook
Offensive coordinator Mike Schultz
Offensive scheme Option/Spread
Co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch
Co-defensive coordinator Curt Mallory
Captain Jon Asamoah
Captain Arrelious Benn
Captain Doug Pilcher
Captain Ian Thomas
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,870)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Big Ten football standings
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 conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
  • *All wins for Penn State (11-2, 6-2) vacated due to scandal.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 2:30 PM vs. Missouri* Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO (Arch Rivalry) ESPN L 9–37   64,215[1]
September 12 6:00 PM Illinois State* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 45–17   62,347[2]
September 26 2:30 PM at #13 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Illibuck) ABC L 0–30   105,219[3]
October 3 2:30 PM #13 Penn State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ABC L 17–35   62,870[4]
October 10 11:00 AM Michigan Statedagger Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 14–24   62,870[5]
October 17 6:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 14–27   42,358[6]
October 24 11:00 AM at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) ESPN2 L 14–24   47,349[7]
October 31 2:30 PM Michigan Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ABC W 38–13   60,119[8]
November 7 11:00 AM at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 35–32   50,805[9]
November 14 11:00 AM Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPNC L 16–21   60,523[10]
November 27 11:00 AM at #5 Cincinnati* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ABC L 36–49   35,106[11]
December 5 11:30 AM Fresno State* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 52–53   48,538[12]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP / Coaches Polls released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.


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