1983 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1983 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 9–45 vs. UCLA
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 10
1983 record 10–2 (9–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Mike White (4th season)
MVP Don Thorp
Captain Tim Brewster
Captain Joe Miles
Captain Don Thorp
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 70,906)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Illinois $ 9 0 0     10 2 0
No. 8 Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
No. 14 Iowa 7 2 0     9 3 0
No. 9 Ohio State 6 3 0     9 3 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 4 0
Purdue 3 5 1     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 1     4 6 1
Indiana 2 7 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Jack Trudeau with 2,446 passing yards, running back Thomas Rooks with 842 rushing yards, and wide receiver David Williams with 870 receiving yards.[1] Defensive end Don Thorp was selected as the team's most valuable player and also received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 1:30 PM at Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Rivalry) L 18–28   53,744
September 17 6:00 PM Stanford* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 17–7   72,852
September 24 11:30 AM at No. 19 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 20–10   75,867
October 1 1:00 PM No. 4 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 33–0   73,351
October 8 1:30 PM at Wisconsin No. 19 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 27–15   78,307
October 15 1:00 PM No. 6 Ohio State No. 19 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 17–13   73,414
October 22 1:30 PM at Purdue No. 11 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) W 35–21   69,328
October 29 11:30 AM No. 8 Michigan No. 9 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL CBS W 16–6   76,127
November 5 7:00 PM at Minnesota No. 6 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 50–23   35,514
November 12 1:00 PM Indiana No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 49–21   73,612
November 19 1:00 PM at Northwestern No. 4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk) W 56–24   52,333
January 2 4:00 PM vs. UCLA* No. 4 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 9–45   103,217
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

*Schedule Source:[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". 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. ^ DeLassus, David. "Illinois Yearly Results: 1980–1984". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 23, 2013.