1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 45–14 vs. UCLA
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 5
1946 record 8–2 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Ray Eliot (5th year)
MVP Alex Agase
Captain Mac Wenskunas
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,119)
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »
1946 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Illinois $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
#6 Michigan 5 1 1     6 2 1
#20 Indiana 4 2 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 4 0     5 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 1     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 3 1     4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0     4 5 0
Purdue 0 5 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1946 Big Ten Conference football season. Led by fifth-year head coach Ray Eliot and playing their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, the Illini won the Big Ten Conference title and completed an 8–2 season with a 45–14 win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The team's captain was center Mac Wenskunas. Guard Alex Agase was voted the team's most valuable player and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 21, 1946 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPennsylvania, PA W 33–7   35,000
September 28, 1946 Notre Dame* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 26–6   75,119
October 5, 1946 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 43–7   38,512
October 12, 1946 at Indiana No. 12 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 14–7   27,000
October 19, 1946 No. 20 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 27–21   62,597
October 26, 1946 at No. 8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 13–9   86,938
November 2, 1946 at Iowa No. 11 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 7–0   52,000
November 16, 1946 No. 13 Ohio State No. 9 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 16–7   61,519
November 23, 1946 at Northwestern No. 5 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 20–0   47,000
January 1, 1947 vs. No. 4 UCLA* No. 5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 45–14   93,083
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

Player Position
Alex Agase Offensive Guard
Perry Moss Quarterback
Ruck Steger
Les Bingaman Guard, Tackle
Sam Zatkoff End
Joe Buscemi
Bob Cunz Tackle
Don Maechtle Placekicker
Don Pittman
Chuck Gottfried
Al Martignago
Lyle Button Tackle
Lou Levanti Center
Bob Prymuski Guard
Tom Gallagher
Al Mastrangeli Center
Merle Schlosser End
Bernie Krueger Quarterback
Dike Eddleman Punter
Bill Franks
Chick Maggioli Defensive back, Halfback
Paul Patterson Quarterback
Ike Owens End, Defensive end
Art Dufelmeier (Captain) Halfback
Tom Stewart
Bob Hinkle
Lou Agase Tight end, Tackle
Jim Valck
Jack Pierce
Burt Schmidt
Denny Bassett
Walt Kersulis End
John Wrenn Guard
Herb Siegert Guard, Linebacker
  • Head Coach: Ray Eliot (5th year at Illinois)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 28, 2016.