1951 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
|1951 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
Co-national champion (Boand)
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1951 record||9–0–1 (5–0–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Ray Eliot (10th season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1951 Big Nine football standings|
|No. 4 Illinois $||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||0||–||1|
|No. 8 Wisconsin||5||–||1||–||1||7||–||1||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1951 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1951 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 10th year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 9–0–1 record, finished in first place in the Big Ten Conference, was ranked #4 in the final AP Poll, and defeated Stanford 40–7 in the 1952 Rose Bowl. The lone setback was a scoreless tie with Ohio State. Illinois defeated Stanford 40 to 7 in the 1952 Rose Bowl, the first nationally televised college football game. The team was named co-national champion by Boand, which split its selection with Georgia Tech.
|September 29||UCLA*||No. 10||W 27–13||53,265|
|October 6||Wisconsin||No. 8||W 14–10||56,207|
|October 13||Syracuse*||No. 7||W 41–20||30,000|
|October 20||No. 20 Washington*||No. 8||W 27–20||54,000|
|October 27||Indiana||No. 4||W 21–0||33,000|
|November 3||No. 15 Michigan||No. 3||W 7–0||71,119|
|November 10||at Iowa||No. 2||W 40–13||56,444|
|November 17||Ohio State||No. 3||T 0–0||79,457|
|November 24||Northwestern||No. 6||W 3–0||52,000|
|January 1||No. 7 Stanford*||No. 4||W 40–7||96,825|
- Chuck Boerio - center (1st-team All-America pick by NEA; 1st-team All-Big Ten pick by AP)
- Al Brosky - halfback (1st-team All-America pick by AP and Football Writers)
- Johnny Karras - halfback (consensus 1st-team All-American; 1st-team All-Big Ten pick by AP and UP)
- Rex Smith - end (1st-team All-Big Ten pick by AP)
- Chuck Studley - tackle (1st-team All-Big Ten pick by AP and UP)
- Chuck Ulrich - tackle (1st-team All-America pick by INS; 1st-team All-Big Ten pick by AP and UP)
- Bill Tate Rose Bowl MVP
|John Bauer||Guard, Tackle|
|Sam Rebecca||Tackle, Placekicker|
|Al Brosky||End, Defensive Back|
|Chuck Ulrich||Defensive Tackle|
|Marvin Berschet||Defensive End, Guard|
|Chuck Studley (Captain)||Guard|
|Stan Wallace||Defensive Back|
- Head Coach: Ray Eliot (10th year at Illinois)
- "1951 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- 2017 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2017. p. 113. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- "2018 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION RECORDS" (PDF). ncaa.org. NCAA. p. 17.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 28, 2016.