1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1965 record 6–4 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Pete Elliott (6th year)
MVP Jim Grabowski
Captain Jim Grabowski, Don Hansen
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 71,227)
Seasons
← 1964
1966 →
1965 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Michigan State $ 7 0 0     10 1 0
Ohio State 6 1 0     7 2 0
Purdue 5 2 0     7 2 1
Minnesota 5 2 0     5 4 1
Illinois 4 3 0     6 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 6 0
Michigan 2 5 0     4 6 0
Wisconsin 2 5 0     2 7 1
Indiana 1 6 0     2 8 0
Iowa 0 7 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1965 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1965 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth season under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled a 6–4 (4–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents), outscored opponents 235 to 118, and finished fifth in the Big Ten.[1] Fullback Jim Grabowski was selected as the team's most valuable player, received the team's most valuable player award, and was a consensus pick for the 1965 College Football All-America Team.[2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 18 Oregon State* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 10–12   34,000[4]
September 25 SMU* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 42–0   45,175[4]
October 2 at No. 9 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 12–22   71,237[4]
October 9 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–28   83,712[4]
October 16 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 34–13   61,257[4]
October 23 Duke* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 28–14   47,077[4]
October 30 No. 6 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 21–0   59,507[4]
November 6 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 3–23   50,136[4]
November 13 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 51–0   55,192[4]
November 20 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 20–6   41,348[4]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Round Pick Position Club
Jim Grabowski 1 9 Running Back Green Bay Packers
Don Hansen 3 42 Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
Ron Acks 4 57 Defensive End Minnesota Vikings
Sam Price 16 240 Defensive End New York Giants
Gary Eickman 17 254 Defensive End New York Giants
Kai Anderson 18 268 Defensive End New York Giants
Dale Greco 18 270 Defensive Tackle Minnesota Vikings

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1965 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "All Time Scores". University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1966.htm