1976 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
The 1976 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Bob Blackman, the Illini compiled a 5–6 record and finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.
|1976 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1976 record||5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Bob Blackman (6th season)|
|MVP||Jerry Finis, Scott Studwell|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1976 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 3 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 6 Ohio State +||7||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Kurt Steger with 1,243 passing yards, running back James Coleman with 687 rushing yards, and wide receiver Eric Rouse with 326 receiving yards. Offensive tackle Jerry Finis and linebacker Scott Studwell were selected as the team's most valuable players.
|September 11||Iowa||W 24–6|
|September 18||at No. 6 Missouri*||W 31–6|
|September 25||Baylor*||No. 14||L 19–34|
|October 2||Texas A&M*||L 7–14|
|October 9||at Minnesota||L 14–29|
|October 16||at Purdue||W 21–17|
|October 23||Michigan State||L 23–31|
|October 30||Wisconsin||W 31–25|
|November 6||at No. 8 Ohio State||L 10–42|
|November 13||at No. 4 Michigan||L 7–38|
|November 20||Northwestern||W 48–6|
- "1976 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "1976 Illinois Fighting Illini Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
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