1996 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

The 1996 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. They participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. Their home games were played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. The team's head coach was Lou Tepper, who was fired as head coach of the Illini after the end of the season. Illinois had a record of 2–9 and failed to make a bowl game.

1996 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Fighting Illini logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996 record2–9 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachLou Tepper (5th season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 70,904)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:30 PMat No. 12 MichiganABCL 8–20105,992
September 72:30 PMNo. 19 USC*ABCL 3–5556,504
September 149:00 PMat Arizona*FSNL 0–4143,012
September 211:00 PMAkron*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 38–748,285
October 51:00 PMIndiana
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
W 46–4355,534
October 1211:20 AMat Michigan StateESPN+L 14–4271,639
October 2611:20 AMat No. 11 NorthwesternESPN+L 24–2748,187
November 211:20 AMNo. 25 Iowa 
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ESPN+L 21–3154,381
November 911:30 AMNo. 2 Ohio State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
ESPNL 0–4854,412
November 166:00 PMat MinnesotaL 21–2334,321
November 231:00 PMWisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, Illinois
L 15–3537,814
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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RosterEdit

1996 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 15 Justin Cella Fr
TE 86 Matt Cushing Jr
TE 87 Mark Day Jr
WR 1 Michael Dean Fr
RB 7 Ty Douthard Sr
WR 83 Jason Dulick Sr
RB 35 Robert Holcombe Jr
QB 9 Kirk Johnson Fr
C 69 Chris Koerwitz Sr
OL 72 Jay Kuchenbecker Sr
OL 67 J. P. Machado So
WR 22 Rob Majoy So
OL 60 Ryan Schau So
OL 62 Tom Schau So
QB 11 Scott Weaver Sr
Defense 39 Mike Gusich DB 5-11 178 So. Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier
Pos. # Name Class
LB 48 Danny Clark Fr
DL 92 Tom Claussen Sr
DL 66 Garrett Johnson So
LB 41 Eric Guenther So
DT 76 Tremaine Halley Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "fightingillini.com". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-11-20.