Illinois Fighting Illini Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Isaiah De Los Santos
Illinois Fighting Illini bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Illinois Fighting Illini bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

Bowl game season is an exciting time in college football. Schools across the nation will battle it out for postseason glory and a chance to end their year on a high note.

One team that's no stranger to playing in bowl games is the Illinois Fighting Illini. Here's everything you need to know about Illinois' bowl history before making its next appearance.

Illinois Bowl Game History

Illinois has had a consistent presence in college football's postseason. The Fighting Illini have appeared in 19 bowl games all-time prior to Monday's ReliaQuest Bowl.

The school's first bowl game ever was the Rose Bowl following the 1946 season. Illinois took down UCLA 45-14 in that contest for its first postseason win. That kicked off a streak of three straight bowl wins, all of which came at the Rose Bowl (1946, 1951, 1964).

The Fighting Illini's most recent postseason appearance was in the 2019 Redbox Bowl. Illinois matched up against California in that one, and ultimately fell 35-20 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Illinois Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Illinois owns an 8-11 all-time record in bowl games. Check out the school's full list of postseason results below.

  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1947): Illinois 45, UCLA 14
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1952): Illinois 40, Stanford 7
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1964): Illinois 17, Washington 7
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29, 1982): Alabama 21, Illinois 15
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, 1984): UCLA 45, Illinois 9
  • Peach Bowl (Dec. 31, 1985): Army 31, Illinois 29
  • All-American Bowl (Dec. 29, 1988): Florida 14, Illinois 10
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1990): Illinois 31, Virginia 21
  • Hall of Fame Bowl (Jan. 1, 1991): Clemson 30, Illinois 0
  • Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 1991): UCLA 6, Illinois 3
  • Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30, 1992): Hawaii 27, Illinois 17
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 1994): Illinois 30, East Carolina 0
  • Micron PC Bowl (Dec. 30, 1999): Illinois 63, Virginia 21
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 2002): LSU 47, Illinois 34
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 2008): USC 49, Illinois 17
  • Texas Bowl (Dec. 29, 2010): Illinois 38, Baylor 14
  • Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 31, 2011): Illinois 20, UCLA 14
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26, 2014): Louisiana Tech 35, Illinois 18
  • Redbox Bowl (Dec. 30, 2019): Cal 35, Illinois 20
  • ReliaQuest Bowl (Jan. 2, 2023): Mississippi State TBD, Illinois TBD

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