1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
1964 record 6–3 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Pete Elliott (5th year)
MVP Dick Butkus
Captain Dick Butkus, George Donnelly
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 71,227)
Seasons
← 1963
1965 →
1964 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Michigan $ 6 1 0     9 1 0
#9 Ohio State 5 1 0     7 2 0
Purdue 5 2 0     6 3 0
Illinois 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan State 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 2 5 0     3 6 0
Iowa 1 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1964 Big Ten Conference football season. Dick Butkus played center and linebacker for Illinoisfrom 1962 through 1964. During the 1964 season, Butkus was a unanimous pick for the 1964 College Football All-America Team,[1] was named the American Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting (a remarkable achievement for a lineman), and was selected as the team's most valuable player.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 at California* No. 3 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 20–14   44,704[3]
October 3 at Northwestern No. 3 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 17–6   52,062[3]
October 10 No. 4 Ohio State No. 2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 0–26   71,227[3]
October 17 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 14–0   60,475[3]
October 24 UCLA* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 26–7   68,727[3]
October 31 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 14–26   59,425[3]
November 7 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6–21   62,415[3]
November 14 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 29–0   55,077[3]
November 21 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 16–0   32,000[3]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Round Pick Position Club
Dick Butkus 1 3 Linebacker Chicago Bears
George Donnelly 1 13 Back San Francisco 49ers
Archie Sutton 2 15 Tackle Minnesota Vikings
Gregg Schumacher 13 170 End San Francisco 49ers
Dave Powless 17 225 Guard New York Giants

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "All Time Scores". University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1965.htm
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 394