1951 Big Ten Conference football season

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1951 Big Ten Conference football season
SportAmerican football
Number of teams9
Top draft pickJohnny Karras
ChampionIllinois
Season MVPBill Reichardt
Football seasons
← 1950
1952 →
1951 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Illinois $ 5 0 1     9 0 1
Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
No. 8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1951 Big Ten Conference football season was the 56th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference and the Big Nine Conference) and was a part of the 1951 college football season.

The 1951 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Ray Eliot, compiled a 9–0–1 record, won the Big Ten championship, was ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll, and defeated Stanford 40–7 in the 1952 Rose Bowl. The lone setback was a scoreless tie with Ohio State. Halfback Johnny Karras was the Big Ten's only consensus first-team All-American. Linebacker Chuck Boerio was selected as the team's most valuable player.

The 1951 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Ivy Williamson, compiled a 7–1–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (5.9 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll. Quarterback John Coatta was the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback. Defensive end Pat O'Donahue was selected as a first-team All-American by multiple selectors.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 Illinois Ray Eliot #4 #2 9–0–1 5–0–1 22.0 8.3 Chuck Boerio
2 Purdue Stu Holcomb NR NR 5–4 4–1 17.0 16.9 Pete Brewster
3 Wisconsin Ivy Williamson #8 #7 7–1–1 5–1–1 21.8 5.9 Hal Faverty
4 Michigan Bennie Oosterbaan NR #15 4–5 4–2 15.0 13.6 Don Peterson
5 Ohio State Woody Hayes NR #3 4–3–2 2–3–2 12.1 11.6 Vic Janowicz
6 Northwestern Bob Voigts NR #13 5-4 2-4 12.4 13.8 John Steeb
7 Minnesota Wes Fesler NR NR 2–6–1 1–4–1 18.0 28.7 Ron Engel
8 Indiana Bernie Crimmins NR NR 2–7 1–5 15.9 24.9 Gene Gedman
9 Iowa Leonard Raffensperger NR NR 2–5–2 0–5–1 17.9 25.9 Bill Reichardt

Key
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1951 season[1]
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1951 season[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

September 29[edit]

  • Illinois 27, UCLA 13.
  • Texas 14, Purdue 0.
  • Wisconsin 22, Marquette 6.
  • Michigan State 25, Michigan 0.
  • Ohio State 7, SMU 0.
  • Northwestern 35, Colorado 14.
  • Washington 25, Minnesota 20.
  • Notre Dame 48, Indiana 6.
  • Iowa 16, Kansas State 0.

October 6[edit]

  • Illinois 14, Wisconsin 10.
  • Purdue 34, Iowa 30.
  • Stanford 23, Michigan 13.
  • Michigan State 24, Ohio State 20.
  • Northwestern 20, Army 14.
  • California 55, Minnesota 14.
  • Indiana 13, Pittsburgh 6.

October 13[edit]

  • Illinois 41, Syracuse 20.
  • Miami (FL) 7, Purdue 0 (game played Friday, October 12).
  • Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 6.
  • Michigan 33, Indiana 14.
  • Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 6.
  • Northwestern 21, Minnesota 7.
  • Iowa 34, Pittsburgh 17.

October 20[edit]

  • Illinois 27, Washington 20.
  • Wisconsin 31, Purdue 7.
  • Michigan 21, Iowa 0.
  • Indiana 32, Ohio State 10.
  • Northwestern 16, Navy 7.
  • Nebraska 39, Minnesota 20.

October 27[edit]

  • Illinois 21, Indiana 0.
  • Notre Dame 30, Purdue 9.
  • Wisconsin 41, Northwestern 0.
  • Michigan 54, Minnesota 27.
  • Ohio State 47, Iowa 21.

November 3[edit]

  • Illinois 7, Michigan 0.
  • Purdue 28, Penn State 0.
  • Wisconsin 6, Indiana 0.
  • Ohio State 3, Northwestern 0.
  • Iowa 20, Minnesota 20.

November 10[edit]

  • Illinois 40, Iowa 13.
  • Purdue 35, Northwestern 14.
  • Wisconsin 16, Pennsylvania 7.
  • Cornell 20, Michigan 7.
  • Ohio State 16, Pittsburgh 14.
  • Minnesota 16, Indiana 14.

November 17[edit]

  • Illinois 0, Ohio State 0.
  • Purdue 19, Minnesota 13.
  • Wisconsin 34, Iowa 7.
  • Northwestern 6, Michigan 0.
  • Michigan State 30, Indiana 26

November 24[edit]

  • Illinois 3, Northwestern 0.
  • Purdue 21, Indiana 13.
  • Wisconsin 30, Minnesota 6.
  • Michigan 7, Ohio State 0.
  • Iowa 20, Notre Dame 20.

Bowl games[edit]

Post-season developments[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Big Ten honors[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP)as first-team players on the 1951 All-Big Ten Conference football team. The AP picked separate offensive and defensive units, whereas the UP selected a single, eleven man unit.

AP offense and UP overall selections

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback John Coatta Wisconsin AP, UP
Halfback Johnny Karras Illinois AP, UP
Halfback Paul Giel Minnesota AP
Halfback Vic Janowicz Ohio State UP
Fullback Bill Reichardt Iowa AP, UP
End Lowell Perry Michigan AP, UP
End Rex Smith Illinois AP
End Leo Sugar Purdue AP [defensive end], UP [end]
Tackle Tom Johnson Michigan AP, UP
Tackle Chuck Ulrich Illinois AP, UP
Guard Don MacRae Northwestern AP, UP
Guard Chuck Studley Illinois AP, UP
Center Wayne Robinson Minnesota AP
Center Chuck Boerio Illinois AP [linebacker], UP [center]

AP defensive unit

Position Name Team Selectors
Defensive end Pat O'Donahue Wisconsin AP
Defensive end Leo Sugar Purdue AP [defensive end], UP [end]
Defensive tackle Dick Logan Ohio State AP
Defensive tackle Jerry Smith Wisconsin AP
Defensive guard Robert Kennedy Wisconsin AP
Defensive guard Deral Teteak Wisconsin AP
Linebacker Chuck Boerio Illinois AP [linebacker], UP [center]
Linebacker Roger Zatkoff Michigan AP
Defensive back Vic Janowicz Ohio State AP
Defensive back Al Brosky Illinois AP
Defensive back Fred Bruney Ohio State AP

All-American honors[edit]

At the end of the 1951 season, only one Big Ten player secured a consensus first-team pick on the 1951 College Football All-America Team.[2] The Big Ten's consensus All-Americans were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Halfback Johnny Karras Illinois AFCA, AAB, FWAA, TSN, UP, CP, WCFF

Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Offensive end Hal Faverty Wisconsin INS
Offensive tackle Chuck Ulrich Illinois INS
Center Chuck Boerio Illinois NEA
Defensive end Pat O'Donahue Wisconsin AP, FWAA, NEA
Defensive end Leo Sugar Purdue CT
Defensive tackle Tom Johnson Michigan CT
Defensive back Al Brosky Illinois AP [defensive halfback], FWAA [safety]

Other awards[edit]

Illinois running back Johnny Karras finished sixth in the voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy.[3]

1952 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Big Ten players were among the first 100 picks in the 1952 NFL Draft:[4]

Name Position Team Round Overall pick
Johnny Karras Back Illinois 2 16
Pete Brewster End Purdue 2 21
Joe Campanella Tackle Ohio State 3 36
Chuck Ulrich Tackle Illinois 4 41
Pat O'Donahue End Wisconsin 5 57
Tom Johnson Tackle Michigan 6 63
Bill Reichardt Back Iowa 7 76
Vic Janowicz Back Ohio State 7 79
Mel Becket Center Indiana 8 87
Wayne Robinson Center Minnesota 8 89
Hubert Johnston Tackle Iowa 8 91
Jerry Smith Tackle Wisconsin 8 94
Deral Teteak Guard Wisconsin 9 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "1951 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "1951 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "1952 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved February 4, 2017.