Football

Illinois Bowl History

2010 Texas Bowl | 2008 Rose Bowl | 2002 Sugar Bowl | 1999 MicronPC.com Bowl | 1994 Liberty Bowl | 1992 Holiday Bowl | 1991 John Hancock Bowl | 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl | 1990 Citrus Bowl | 1988 All-American Bowl | 1985 Peach Bowl | 1984 Rose Bowl | 1982 Liberty Bowl | 1964 Rose Bowl | 1952 Rose Bowl | 1947 Rose Bowl

2010 TEXAS BOWL // Dec. 29, 2010 // Houston, Texas

2010 Texas Bowl Program

Mikel Leshoure ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Illinois earned its first bowl victory since 1999, beating Baylor 38-14 in the Texas Bowl. The Illini spoiled the Bears' first bowl appearance in 16 seasons. Both teams finished at 7-6. Leshoure had a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter, a 13-yard score in the third quarter and another 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth period. The performance gave him the school single-season rushing record with 1,697 yards. The Illini built a 24-0 lead and Leshoure's last touchdown put the game out of reach. Leshoure was chosen the most valuable player. Illinois finished with 291 yards rushing and 533 yards of total offense to give coach Ron Zook his first bowl win as a head coach in his fourth try. Freshman quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase got off to a sensational start, completing all of his 13 passes in the first half, and finished 18 of 23 for 242 yards. He scored on a 55-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds to play to make it 38-14. Illinois opened the second half with an 87-yard drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by Leshoure. Leshoure also scored the 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 24-0 and set the Illinois single-season scoring record. Illinois led 9-0 before a 5-yard touchdown run by Leshoure about 10 minutes before halftime stretched the lead to 16-0. That score was set up by a 52-yard reception by Ryan Lankford a play earlier.

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Scoring Summary

UI: Dimke 38 yard FG
UI: Dimke 28 yard FG
UI: Dimke 43 yard FG
UI: Leshoure 5 yard run (Dimke kick)
UI: Leshoure 13 yard run (Leshoure rush)
BAY: Finley 4 yard run (Jones kick)
BAY: Wright 39 yard pass from Griffin (Jones kick)
UI: Leshoure 5 yard run (Dimke kick)
UI: Scheelhaase 55 yard run (Dimke kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 291-242-533; BAY - 124-313-437.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI -- Leshoure 29-184-3; Ford 12-54-0; Scheelhaase 9-53-1; BAY -- Finley 12-63-1; Griffin 16-44-0; Reese 1-17-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI -- Scheelhaase 23-18-0-0-242; BAY -- Griffin 41-30-0-1-306.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI -- Jenkins 6-52-0; Fayson 4-31-0; Ford 3-29-0; Leshoure 2-21-0; Lankford 1-52-0; Millines 1-32-0; E. Wilson 1-25-0; BAY -- Wright 12-127-1; Gordon 6-50-0; Taylor 5-81-0; Reese 3-22-0; Sampson 2-3-0; Williams 1-12-0; Monk 1-10-0; Buerck 1-8-0.

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2008 ROSE BOWL // Jan. 1, 2008 // Pasedena, Calif.

2008 Rose Bowl Program

The Illini took themselves out of the 2008 Rose Bowl game with four turnovers, which resulted in 28 USC points, and squandered four trips in the red zone for no points to fall to the Trojans, 49-17. Making their first bowl appearance in six years, the Big Ten's second-place team squared off against No. 6 USC, the Pac-10 champs. Junior tailback Rashard Mendenhall rattled off 155 rushing yards on USC's fourth-ranked defense and added another 59 yards receiving. With a 21-3 halftime deficit, Illinois came out in the second half, scoring a quick touchdown on a 79-yard run by Mendenhall. After another 55-yard burst by Mendenhall, the Illini threatened inside the 20 yard line, but a Jacob Willis fumble near the goal line gave the momentum back to USC. From there, the Trojans scored 28 unanswered points before an Arrelious Benn 56-yard reception from Eddie McGee capped the game's scoring in the fourth quarter. Sophomore defender Vontae Davis tied an Illinois bowl record with 13 solo tackles. Early in the game, senior safety Justin Harrison picked off a John David Booty pass returning it 45 yards, but a missed field goal gave the Illini no points.

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Scoring Summary

USC: Washington 8 yard pass from Booty (Buehler kick)
USC: Reed 34 yard pass from Green (Buehler kick)
USC: Washington 3 yard run (Buehler kick)
UI: Reda 28 yard field goal
UI: R. Mendenhall 79 yard run (Reda kick)
USC: Davis 2 yard pass from Booty (Buehler kick)
USC: McKnight 6 yard run (Buehler kick)
USC: Ausberry 15 yard pass from Booty (Beuhler kick)
USC: Hershel 3 yard run (Buehler kick)
UI: Benn 56 yard pass from McGee (Reda kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 144-301-445; USC - 344-289-633.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI -- R. Mendenhall 17-155-1; McGee 2-7; Weil 2-1; Dufrene 1-0; Williams 15-(19); USC -- McKnight 10-125-1; Johnson 9-104; Washington 12-75-1; Dennis 6-30-1; Adewale 1-17; Bradford 1-5; Havili 1-5; Booty 3-(17).
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI -- Williams 35-21-2-0-245; McGee 1-1-0-1-56; USC -- Booty 37-25-1-3-255; Green 1-1-0-1-34.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI -- Benn 5-80-1; R. Mendenhall 5-59; Willis 4-74; Cumberland 3-37; Warren 3-25; Gamble 2-26; USC -- Davis 7-87-1; McKnight 6-45; Havili 4-63; Washington 3-12; Ausberry 2-28; Johnson 2-15; Reed 1-34; Hazelton 1-5.

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2002 SUGAR BOWL // Jan. 1, 2002 // New Orleans, La.

2002 Sugar Bowl Program

Big Ten Champion Illinois made a late rally but couldn't overcome LSU's fast start as it fell in its first-ever Bowl Championship Series contest 47-34 at the Nokia Sugar Bowl. The Tigers scored the game's first 28-points and jumped out to a 34-7 halftime advantage thanks to a 27-point second quarter that saw Domanick Davis run for a pair of scores and Rohan Davey throw for two more. The Illini matched LSU's hot start with a second half rally as Kurt Kittner threw for 182 yards and three scores after halftime to cut the Tiger lead to 13 midway through the fourth quarter. But Illinois couldn't get any closer as LSU converted a pair of third downs to run out the clock and get the win.

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Scoring Summary
LSU:
Domanick Davis 4 yard run (Corbello kick)
LSU: Davis 25 yard run (Corbello kick blocked)
LSU: Davis 16 yard run (Corbello kick)
LSU: Josh Reed 5 yard pass from Rohan Davey (Corbello kick)
LSU: Brian Hodges 2 yard pass from Kurt Kittner (Christofilakos kick)
LSU: Robert Royal 7 yard pass from Davey (Corbello kick)
UI: Brandon Lloyd 17 yard pass from Kittner (Christofilakos kick)
LSU: Reed 32 yard pass from Davey (Corbello kick)
UI: Lloyd 10 yard pass from Kittner (Christofilakos kick)
UI: Walter Young 17 yard pass from Kittner (Christofilakos kick)
LSU: Davis 4 yard run (pass failed)
UI: Young 40 yard pass from Lloyd (pass failed)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 61-302-363; LSU - 151-444-595.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI -- Harvey 9-42; Lloyd 1-14; Davis 4-13; Harris 2-3; LSU --Davis 28-122-4; Henderson 13-54.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI -- Kittner 35-14-1-262-4; LSU -- Davey 53-31-0-444-3.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI -- Young 6-178-2; Lloyd 5-56-2; Davis 2-24; Harvey 1-42; Hodges 1-2-1; LSU -- Reed 14-239-2; Clayton 8-120; Myers 4-51; Royal 2-15-1; Webster 2-14; Davis 1-5.

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1999 MICRONPC.COM BOWL // Dec. 30, 1999 // Miami, Fla.

1999 MicronPC.com Bowl Program

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The Illini took advantage of the school's first bowl appearance in five years with an impressive 63-21 victory over highly touted running back Thomas Jones and the Virginia Cavaliers. In a game which pitted two evenly matched, 7-4 squads, the Illini dominated with 611 yards total offense and nine touchdowns. On the first drive of the game, Kurt Kittner led the Illini down field 71 yards and scored on a one-yard run. The Illini then rattled off 35 unanswered points, including a flea-flicker pass from wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to Kittner for 30 yards and a halftime score of 42-7. Kittner threw a school record 24th touchdown pass on a one-yard reception to Jameel Cook. The Illini broke 22 Illinois and Micronpc.com Bowl records that night and scored the second-most points in collegiate bowl history.

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Scoring Summary
UI:
Kurt Kittner 1 yd run (Neil Rackers kick)
UVA: Thomas Jones 7 yd run (Todd Braverman kick)
UI: Rocky Harvey 47 yd run (Rackers kick)
UI: Kittner 30 yd pass from Brandon Lloyd (Rackers kick)
UI: Jameel Cook 61 yd pass from Kittner (Rackers kick)
UI: Steve Havard 2 yd run (Rackers kick)
UI: Cook 1 yd pass from Kittner (Rackers kick)
UVA: Kevin Coffey 5 yd pass from Ellis (Braverman kick)
UI: Havard 2 yd run (Rackers kick)
UI: Harvey 9 yd run (Rackers kick)
UI: Kirk Johnson 1 yd run (Rackers kick)
UVA: Thompson 55 yd pass from Rivers (Braverman kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 325-286-611; UVA - 172-208-380.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI -- Harvey 10-122-2; Havard  15-75-2; Kittner 4-11-1; Johnson 3-5-1; UVA --Jones 23-110-1.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI -- Kittner 24-14-1-2-254; UVA - Ellis 32-15-1-1-146.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI -- Cook 4-88-2, Lloyd 3-57-0, Dean 2-42-0, Young 1-31-0, Kittner 1-30-1; UVA -- Jones 5-31-0, McMullen 3-31-0.

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1994 LIBERTY BOWL // Dec. 31, 1994 // Memphis, Tenn.

1994 Liberty Bowl Program

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Illinois, making its sixth bowl appearance in seven years, dominated Liberty Bowl opponent East Carolina from the beginning. The Illini took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on Johnny Johnson touchdown passes to Ken Dilger and Jasper Strong. In the second quarter the Illini added a Chris Richardson field goal and a touchdown reception by Jason Dulick to pull away, 24-0. Illinois' final score came in the third quarter on another Johnson TD strike, this time to Ty Douthard. Johnson's four touchdown passes and 250 yards passing earned him Most Valuable Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player of the Game honors. The Illini defense forced four interceptions and a fumble, allowing a total of only 271 total yards. All-American linebacker Simeon Rice led the way with 10 tackles. The Liberty Bowl was the Illini's first Bowl victory since 1990. Illinois' 30-0 victory was the most lopsided win in Liberty Bowl history and was the only shutout posted among the 1994-95 Bowls.

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Scoring Summary
UI: Ken Dilger 17 pass from Johnny Johnson (Richardson kick)
UI: Jasper Strong 73 pass from Johnson (Richardson kick)
UI: Richardson 21 FG
UI: Jason Dulick 5 pass from Johnson (Richardson kick)
UI: Ty Douthard 30 pass from Johnson (kicked failed)  

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 134-255-389; ECU - 92-179-271
Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Ty Douthard 13-52-0; Robert Holcome 12- 46-0; ECU - Marcus Crandell 41-20-4-0-179. Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Johnny Johnson 30-18-0-4-250; Scott Weaver 4-2-0-0-5; ECU - Marcus Crandell 41-20-4-0-179.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Jasper Strong 3-96-1, Ken Dilger 7-60-1, Jason Dulick 3-30-1; ECU - Scott Richards 4-25-0, Jason Nichols 6-55-0.

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1992 HOLIDAY BOWL // Dec. 30, 1992 // San Diego, Calif.

1992 Holiday Bowl Program

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Head Coach Lou Tepper ended his first full year at the helm of the Illini by leading the team to its fifth-consecutive bowl appearance, the longest such streak in school history. Illinois' offense got off to a quick start against Hawaii, marching 73 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. The Illini were down by just three, 10-7, at halftime, but Hawaii stormed out of the locker room to piece together scoring drives of 80 and 62 yards. On its opening possession of the fourth quarter, a botched Illini lateral gave Hawaii the ball on the Illini's 21, but the UI defense held the Rainbows to only a field goal. On Illinois' next possession, an interception gave Hawaii the ball once again, and the Rainbows proceeded to kill Illinois' hopes for a victory by cruising for another score. John Wright caught his second TD pass of the contest in the waning minutes to make the final score 27-17.

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Scoring Summary
UI:
John Wright 14 pass from Jason Verduzco (Chris Richardson kick)
UH: Travis Sims 6 run (Jason Elam kick)
UI: Richardson 19 FG
UH: Sims 1 run (Elam kick)
UH: Elam 45 FG
UH: Elam 37 FG
UH: Darrick Branch 53 pass from Michael Carter (Elam kick)
UI: Wright 18 pass from Verduzco (Richardson kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total):
UI - 108-248-356; UH - 287-115-402.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Darren Boyer 11-39-0; Steve Feagin 7-31-0; UH - Travis Sims 29-113-2; Michael Carter 21-105-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jason Verduzco 34-26-1-2-248; UH - Michael Carter 16-6-2-1-15.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - John Wright 7-82-2; UH - Darrick Branch 1-53-1.

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1991 JOHN HANCOCK BOWL // Dec. 31, 1991 // El Paso, Texas

1991 John Hancock Bowl Program

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The Illini were playing their first game under new Head Coach Lou Tepper, who was named John Mackovic's replacement a little more than two weeks earlier when Mackovic took the head coaching job at Texas. The Illinois defense certainly came to play, holding the high-octane UCLA attack to just 268 yards of total offense. The Fighting Illini offense didn't fare much better, though, totaling 308 yards of its own in a classic defensive struggle. Illinois missed an early scoring opportunity when Jason Verduzco's pass was intercepted at the Bruin goal line. The Illinois defense forced a UCLA fumble six plays later, but then promptly turned the ball back to the Bruins at the UI 24-yard line after a blocked punt. The Illinois defense stiffened and held UCLA to a field goal. Both teams traded punches until Illinois freshman Chris Richardson kicked a 27-yard field goal. The score remained tied until the opening drive of the fourth quarter when Illinois' Filmel Johnson fumbled a UCLA punt at the UI 11-yard line that lead to a 19-yard Louis Perez field goal. Illinois linebacker Mike Poloskey earned the Jimmy Rogers Jr. Trophy as the game's Most Valuable Lineman.

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Scoring Summary
UCLA:
Louis Perez 32 FG
UI: Chris Richardson 27 FG
UCLA: Perez 19 FG

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 119-189-308; UCLA - 92-176-268.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Steve Feagin 12-71-0; UCLA - Kevin Williams 24-52-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jason Verduzco 38-17-3-0-189; UCLA - Tommy Maddox 28-17-1-0-176.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - John Wright 9-94-0; UCLA - Sean LaChapelle 5-69-0, Ricky Davis 4-41-0.

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1991 HALL OF FAME BOWL // Jan. 1, 1991 // Tampa, Fla.

1991 Hall of Fame Bowl Program

The Fighting Illini's trip to the Hall of Fame Bowl would be Illinois' third bowl appearance in as many years under John Mackovic, but it would also be the most disappointing. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and marched 71 yards in 16 plays before All-American kicker Chris Gardocki kicked an 18-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Record-setting Illini running back Howard Griffith fumbled on Illinois' first play from scrimmage, and on the very next play, Tiger quarterback DeChane Cameron hit Doug Thomas with a 14-yard touchdown pass to give his team a 10-0 lead. The Tiger offense tacked on two more touchdowns in the second quarter, while the Clemson defense held the Fighting Illini to just 22 total yards in the half. Illinois got its offense on track in the second half with 225 yards, but never could find paydirt.

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Scoring Summary
CU:
Chris Gardocki 18 FG
CU: Doug Thomas 14 pass from DeChane Cameron (Gardocki kick)
CU: Howard Hall 17 pass from Cameron (Gardocki kick)
CU: Arlington Nunn 34 interception return (Gardocki kick)
CU: Gardocki 26 FG
CU: Gardocki 43 FG

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 62-185-247; CU - 148-157-305.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Howard Griffith 15-59-0; CU - Cameron 17-76-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jason Verduzco 25-13-2-0-121; CU - Cameron 20-14-0-2-141.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Shawn Wax 6-77-0; Steven Mueller 3-76-0; CU - Thomas 5-57-1; Terry Smith 3-43-0.

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1990 CITRUS BOWL // Jan. 1, 1990 // Orlando, Fla.

1990 Citrus Bowl Program

Illinois snapped a 26-year bowl victory drought with a 31-21 win over Virginia in the Florida Citrus Bowl. Illinois jumped on the Cavaliers early, with linebacker Bill Henkel recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff. Five plays later, quarterback Jeff George drilled a 15-yard scoring strike to Steven Williams. After Virginia tied the game early in the second quarter, George directed Illinois on an 80-yard scoring drive. Illinois opened the second half with an 84-yard drive capped by fullback Howard Griffith's three-yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, receiver Mike Bellamy scored on a 26-yard pass from George to clinch an Illini victory. George earned MVP honors, completing 26-of-38 for 321 yards and three TDs.

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Scoring Summary
UI:
Steven Williams 15 pass from Jeff George (Doug Higgins kick)
UV: Tim Finkelston 30 pass from Shawn Moore (Jake McInerney kick)
UI: Dan Donovan 1 pass from George (Higgins kick)
UI: Higgins 34 FG
UI: Howard Griffith 3 run (Higgins kick)
UV: Marcus Wilson 2 run (McInerney kick)
UI: Mike Bellamy 24 pass from George (Higgins kick)
UV: Herman Moore 4 pass from S. Moore (McInerney kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 176-321-497; UV - 110-112-322.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Griffith 18-93-0, Steve Feagin 10-54-0;   UV - Terry Kirby 8-64-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - George 38-26-1-3-321; UV - S. Moore 27-17-2-2-191.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Bellamy 8-166-1, Williams 4-45-1; UV - Finkelston 3-69-1, Herman Moore 5-56-1.

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1988 ALL-AMERICAN BOWL // Dec. 29, 1988 // Birmingham, Ala.

1988 All-American Bowl Program

Head Coach John Mackovic led Illinois to a surprising 6-4-1 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten, earning a berth opposite traditional SEC powerhouse Florida in the All-American Bowl. On the first play from scrimmage, Florida freshman sensation Emmitt Smith scampered 55 yards for a touchdown. Illinois tied the score on a 30-yard run by Keith Jones in the second quarter. After a fourth-quarter Doug Higgins field goal gave Illinois a three-point lead, Smith scored his second touchdown with less than four minutes remaining to give the Gators the victory.

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Scoring Summary
UF:
Emmitt Smith 55 run (John Francis kick)
UI: Keith Jones 30 run (Doug Higgins kick)
UI: Higgins 44 FG
UF:
Smith 2 run (Francis kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 55-194-249; UF - 187-69-256.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Jones 18-88-1; UF - Smith 28-159-2.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jeff George 37-20-2-0-194; UF - Kyle Morris 12-6-2-0-50.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Mike Bellamy 5-49-0; Steven Williams 5-49-0; UF - Terence Barber 4-29-0.

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1985 PEACH BOWL // Dec. 31, 1985 // Atlanta, Ga.

1985 Peach Bowl Program

On a cold and rainy day in Atlanta, Army scored two touchdowns on halfback option plays to take an eight-point lead into the final five minutes. Trailing 31-23 with less than a minute remaining, Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau hit All-American receiver David Williams for a 54-yard touchdown to bring the Fighting Illini within two points of a tie. Trudeau's two-point conversion pass attempt was broken up and Army handed Illinois its third consecutive Bowl defeat in the 1980s. Trudeau set Peach Bowl records with 38 completions in 55 attempts for 401 yards.

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Scoring Summary
ARMY: Rob Healy 22 run (Craig Stopa kick)
UI: Chris White 45 FG
UI: Cap Boso 1 pass from Jack Trudeau (White kick)
ARMY: Doug Black 1 run (Stopa kick)
ARMY: Benny White 33 pass from William Lampley (Stopa kick)
UI: David Williams 15 pass from Trudeau (pass failed)
UI: Ray Wilson 1 run (White kick)
ARMY: Scott Spellmon 26 pass from Clarence Jones (Stopa kick)
ARMY: Stopa 39 FG
UI: Williams 54 pass from Trudeau (pass failed)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 77-401-478; ARMY - 291-94-385

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Thomas Rooks 10-35-0, Wilson 8-31-1;  ARMY - Healy 23-107-1, Lampley 16-76-0, Black 15-73-1.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Yds.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Trudeau 55-38-2-3-401; ARMY - Healy 6-3-1-0-35.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - David Williams 7-109-2, Stephen Pierce 6-92-0, Anthony Williams 5-59-0.

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1984 ROSE BOWL // Jan. 2, 1984 // Pasadena, Calif.

1984 Rose Bowl Program

Head Coach Mike White led Illinois to a perfect 9-0 Big Ten Conference record and the first Fighting Illini visit to Pasadena in 20 years. UCLA ended fourth-ranked Illinois' hopes for a national championship with a 45-9 victory. The Bruins piled up 21 second-quarter points en route to a 28-3 halftime lead. UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel enjoyed the best game of his college career, completing 22 of 31 passes for 298 yards. The Bruins rushing attack ground out 232 yards to give UCLA 511 yards in total offense. Illinois ended the season with a 10-2 record, only the second Illinois team in history to win 10 or more games, and became the first and only team in conference history to defeat all nine Big Ten opponents in the same season.

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Scoring Summary
UCLA: Paul Bergmann 3 pass from Rick Neuheisel (Lee kick)
UI: Chris White 41 FG
UCLA: Kevin Nelson 28 run (Lee kick)
UCLA: Karl Dorrell 16 pass from Neuheisel (Lee kick)
UCLA: Mike Young 53 pass from Neuheisel (Lee kick)
UCLA: Dorrell 15 pass from Neuheisel (Lee kick)
UCLA: Lee 29 FG
UI: Thomas Rooks 5 pass from Jack Trudeau (pass failed)
UCLA: Bryan Wiley 8 run (Lee kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 0-205-205; UCLA - 213-298-511.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Dwight Beverly 4-22-0, Thomas Rooks 8-21-0; UCLA - Nelson 18-69-1, Frank Cephous 12-86-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Yds.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Trudeau 39-23-3-1-178; UCLA - Neuheisel 31-22-0-4-298.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - David Williams 10-88-0, Tim Brewster 5-60-0; UCLA - Young 5-129-1, Dorrell 5-61-2, Bergmann 4-54-1.

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1982 LIBERTY BOWL // Dec. 29, 1982 // Memphis, Tenn.

1982 Liberty Bowl

Illinois reappeared on the bowl scene after a 19-year absence, facing Alabama and Paul "Bear" Bryant, who was coaching his final game. Illinois saw its perfect bowl record snapped with a 21-15 loss. Fighting Illini quarterback Tony Eason set a Liberty Bowl record, throwing for 423 yards, but Alabama's bruising ground attack mustered 217 yards and proved to be the difference. The game would later become a made-for-television movie "Bear," starring Gary Busey.

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Scoring Summary
UA: Ricky Moore 4 run (Peter Kim kick)
UI: Joe Curtis 1 run (kick failed)
UA: Jesse Bendross 8 run (Kim kick)
UI: Oliver Williams 2 pass from Tony Eason (pass failed)
UI: Mike Bass 23 FG
UA: Craig Turner 1 run (Kim kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 21-423-444; UA - 217-130-347.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD):
UI - Curtis 7-13-1, Richard Ryles 4-10-0; UA - Moore 13-65-1, Jeff Fagan 6-38-0, Turner 11-36-1.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Eason 55-35-4-1-423, Kris Jenner 3-0-3-0-0; UA - Walter Lewis 13-7-2-0-130.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Mike Martin 8-127-0, Williams 7-84-1, Tim Brewster 6-55-0; UA - Jesse Bendross 3-51-0, Joey Jones 2-60-0.

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1964 ROSE BOWL // Jan. 1, 1964 // Pasedena, Calif.

1964 Rose Bowl Program

Illinois made its first appearance in Pasadena in 12 years, led by linebacker Dick Butkus and fullback Jim Grabowski. Illinois trailed 7-0 before Jim Plankenhorn's 32-yard field goal with one second remaining in the first half put the Fighting Illini on the scoreboard. Illinois came out strong in the second half, grinding out touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to wear down the Huskies, 17-7. Grabowski earned MVP honors, gaining 125 yards and scoring one touchdown.

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Scoring Summary
UW: Dave Kopay 7 run (Ron Medved kick)
UI: Jim Plankenhorn 32 FG
UI: Jim Warren 2 run (Plankenhorn kick)
UI: Jim Grabowski 1 run (Plankenhorn kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 102-43-145; UW - 59-71-130.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Grabowski 23-125-1, Sam Price 10-55-0; UW - Kopay 4-29-1, Steve Bramwell 5-22-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Fred Custardo 7-4-0-0-43, Mike Taliaferro 8-2-0-0-16; UW - Bill Siler 17-6-3-0-46.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Ron Fearn 3-24-0; UW - Al Libke 3-19-9.

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1952 ROSE BOWL // Jan. 1, 1952 // Pasedena, Calif.

1952 Rose Bowl Program

For three quarters, Illinois and Stanford battled in what appeared to be a low-scoring, defensive struggle. Late in the third quarter, Illinois scored the first of 34 unanswered points to blow out Stanford. Illinois took the lead on a six-yard touchdown run by Johnny Karras, then exploded for 27 fourth-quarter points to give Illinois and Head Coach Ray Eliot a second Rose Bowl victory in as many tries. Illinois rolled up 434 yards in total offense, with Mattoon's Bill Tate picking up 150 yards on the ground. The 1952 Rose Bowl was the first nationally telecast college football game.

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Scoring Summary
UI: Pete Bachourus 6 run (kick failed)
SU: Harry Hugasian 1 run (Gary Kerkorian kick)
UI: Bill Tate 5 run (Sam Rebecca kick)
UI: John Karras 7 run (Rebecca kick)
UI: Tate 8 run (Rebecca kick)
UI: Don Stevens 7 run (kick blocked)
UI: John Ryan 6 pass from Don Engels (Rebecca kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 371-73-434; SU - 53-180-233.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Tate 20-150-1, Karras 13-58-1; SU- Hugasian 14-41-1.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Tom O'Connell 14-6-1-0-67; SU - Gary Kerkorian 22-11-2-0-166.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Bachouras 3-36-0; SU - William McColl 4-62-0, Hugasian 4-49-0.

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1947 ROSE BOWL // Jan. 1, 1947 // Pasedena, Calif.

1947 Rose Bowl Program

In the first Rose Bowl under the Big Ten-Pac 10 agreement, unheralded Illinois routed highly ranked UCLA, 45-14. Illinois running backs Julius Rykovich and Claude "Buddy" Young rushed for 103 yards apiece. During the course of the game, six different Illinois players scored touchdowns as the Fighting Illini racked up their first Bowl victory.

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Scoring Summary
UI: Julius Rykovich 1 run (kick failed)
UCLA: Ernie Case 1 run (Case kick)
UI: Buddy Young 2 run (Don Maechtle kick)
UI: Paul Patterson 4 run (kick failed)
UI: Perry Moss 1 run (kick blocked)
UCLA: Al Hoisch 100 kick return (Case kick)
UI: Young 1 run (Maechtle kick)
UI: Ruck Steger 68 interception return (kick failed)
UI: Stan Green 81 interception return (Maechtle kick)

Team Statistics
(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 320-78-398; UCLA - 62-176-238.

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Rykovich 18-103-1, Young 20-103-2; UCLA - Hoisch 4-27-0, Cal Rossi 10-25-0.
Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Moss 8-3-0-0-85; UCLA - Case 24-11-2-0-165.
Receiving: (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - Rykovich 1-44-0, Bill Huber 2-21-0; UCLA - Burr Baldwin 3-57-0, Dave Dobrow 2-28-0.

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