1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1966 record4–6 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coachPete Elliott (7th season)
MVPRon Guenther
CaptainBo Batchelder, Kai Anderson
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan State $ 7 0 0     9 0 1
No. 7 Purdue 6 1 0     9 2 0
Michigan 4 3 0     6 4 0
Illinois 4 3 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 5 1
Ohio State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 4 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 2 4 1     3 6 1
Indiana 1 5 1     1 8 1
Iowa 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1966 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Pete Elliott, the Illini compiled a 4–6 record and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Bob Naponic with 998 passing yards, running back Bill Huston with 420 rushing yards, and John Wright with 831 receiving yards.[2] Guard Ron Guenther was selected as the team's most valuable player.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 17at SMU*L 7–26
September 24Missouri*L 14–21
October 1No. 1 Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 10–26
October 8Ohio State
W 10–9
October 15at IndianaW 24–10
October 22Stanford*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
L 3–6
October 29at PurdueL 21–25
November 5at MichiganW 28–21
November 12Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 49–14
November 19at NorthwesternL 7–35
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1966 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "1966 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016.