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1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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]

1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1964 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
1964 record6–3 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coachPete Elliott (5th season)
MVPDick Butkus
CaptainDick Butkus, George Donnelly
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 71,227)
Seasons
← 1963
1965 →
1964 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Michigan $ 6 1 0     9 1 0
No. 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

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 26at California*No. 3W 20–1444,704[3]
October 3at NorthwesternNo. 3W 17–652,062[3]
October 10No. 4 Ohio StateNo. 2L 0–2671,227[3]
October 17at MinnesotaW 14–060,475[3]
October 24UCLA*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 26–768,727[3]
October 31at PurdueL 14–2659,425[3]
November 7at MichiganL 6–2162,415[3]
November 14Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 29–055,077[3]
November 21Michigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 16–032,000[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Team players in the NFLEdit

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 honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ https://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