Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Henry L. Williams

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Former Gopher Bobby Marshall in 1905

Henry L. Williams was the head football coach at the University of Minnesota for 22 seasons, from 1900 through 1921.[1] The team had a 136-33-11 overall record.[1] In the Big Ten, the Golden Gophers had a 50-25-5 record and won 8 conference championships.[2] Thirteen players were awarded All-American status.[3] Thirty-one players were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

1900 season[edit]

1900 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1900 record 10-0-2 (3-0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1899 1901 »
1900 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota § 3 0 1     10 0 2
Iowa § 2 0 1     7 0 1
Wisconsin 2 1 0     8 1 0
Michigan 3 2 0     7 2 1
Northwestern 2 1 2     7 2 3
Chicago 2 3 1     9 5 1
Indiana 1 2 1     4 2 2
Illinois 1 3 2     7 3 2
Purdue 0 4 0     4 4 0
§ – Conference co-champions

In 1900, the University of Minnesota hired its first full-time salaried coach, Dr. Henry L. Williams.[5] The team went won 10 games, lost none and tied two.[6] The Golden Gophers won its first Big Ten championship.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/15/1900 Minneapolis Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN T 0-0  
09/22/1900 St. Paul Central High* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 26-0  
09/26/1900 Macalester* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 66-0  
09/29/1900 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 44-0  
10/06/1900 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 27-0  
10/13/1900 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN T 6-6  
10/20/1900 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 26-0  
10/27/1900 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 34-0  
11/03/1900 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 6-5  
11/10/1900 Illinois Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 23-0  
11/12/1900 Northwestern Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 21-0  
11/29/1900 at Nebraska* Lincoln, NE W 20-12  
*Non-conference game.


1901 season[edit]

1901 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1901 record 9-1-1 (3-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1900 1902 »
1901 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan § 4 0 0     11 0 0
Wisconsin § 2 0 0     9 0 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     9 1 1
Illinois 4 2 0     8 2 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     8 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     6 3 0
Purdue 0 3 1     4 4 1
Chicago 0 4 1     8 6 2
Iowa 0 3 0     6 3 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1901 team lost only one game but finished 3rd in the Big Ten.[6] Wisconsin was the only team that scored against them all year.[8]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/21/1901 Minneapolis Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN T 0-0  
09/21/1901 St. Paul Central High* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 16-0  
09/28/1901 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 35-0  
10/05/1901 Chicago College* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 27-0  
10/12/1901 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 19-0  
10/26/1901 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 16-0  
11/04/1901 Haskell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 28-0  
11/09/1901 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 10-0  
11/16/1901 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI L 0-18  
11/23/1901 at Northwestern Sheppard Field • Evanston, IL W 16-0  
11/28/1901 at Illinois Champaign, IL W 16-0  
*Non-conference game.


1902 season[edit]

1902 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1902 record 9-2-1 (3-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1901 1903 »
1902 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan 5 0 0     11 0 0
Chicago 5 1 0     14 1 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     9 2 1
Illinois 4 2 0     10 2 1
Purdue 2 2 0     7 2 1
Wisconsin 1 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 0 4 0     6 6 0
Indiana 0 4 0     3 5 1
† – Conference champion

The 1902 team finished 3rd in the Big Ten with a 3-1 record.[6] The 102 point scoring output against Grinnell marked the first 100 point output in team history.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/22/1902 St. Paul Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN T 0-0  
09/22/1902 Minneapolis Central High* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 28-0  
09/27/1902 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 33-0  
10/04/1902 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 16-0  
10/07/1902 Hamline* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 59-0  
10/11/1902 Beloit* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 29-0  
10/18/1902 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-6  
10/25/1902 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 34-0  
11/01/1902 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 102-0  
11/08/1902 Illinois Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 17-5  
11/15/1902 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 11-0  
11/27/1902 at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI L 6-23  
*Non-conference game.


1903 season[edit]

1903 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1903 record 14-0-1 (3-0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1902 1904 »
1903 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota § 3 0 1     14 0 1
Michigan § 3 0 1     11 0 1
Northwestern § 1 0 2     10 1 3
Chicago 4 1 1     12 2 1
Iowa 1 1 0     9 2 0
Indiana 1 2 0     4 4 0
Illinois 1 5 0     8 6 0
Wisconsin 0 3 1     6 3 1
Purdue 0 2 0     4 2 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1903 season featured the game with Michigan that saw the creation of the Little Brown Jug, one of the best known college football trophies.[10] The game ended up in a tie,[11] and the Gophers were Big Ten co-champions with Michigan.[7]

Tackle Fred Schact was named an All-American by the Associated Press.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/19/1903 Minneapolis Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 21-6  
09/19/1903 St. Paul Central High* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 36-0  
09/23/1903 Minneapolis East High* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 37-0  
09/26/1903 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 29-0  
09/30/1903 Macalester* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 112-0  
10/03/1903 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 39-0  
10/07/1903 Hamline* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 65-0  
10/10/1903 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 46-0  
10/17/1903 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 75-0  
10/24/1903 Beloit* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 46-0  
10/31/1903 Michigan Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN T 6-6  
11/07/1903 at Lawrence* Appleton, WI W 46-0  
11/14/1903 at Illinois Champaign, IL W 32-0  
11/21/1903 at North Dakota Aggies* Fargo, ND W 11-0  
11/26/1903 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI W 17-0  
*Non-conference game.


1904 season[edit]

1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Randall Field.jpg
National Champions
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1904 record 13-0-0 (3-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1903 1905 »
1904 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota § 3 0 0     13 0 0
Michigan § 2 0 0     10 0 0
Chicago 5 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 3 1 1     9 2 1
Northwestern 1 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     9 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 0 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 3 0     6 4 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1904 team went undefeated and won a share of the Big Ten championship.[7] The 146 point victory over Grinnell represents both the largest point total and the largest margin of victory in Gopher history.[12]

End Moses Strathern was named an All-American by the Associated Press.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/17/1904 Twin Cities Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 107-0  
09/24/1904 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 77-0  
09/28/1904 Shattuck* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 75-0  
10/01/1904 Carleton* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 65-0  
10/05/1904 St. Thomas* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 47-0  
10/08/1904 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 35-0  
10/15/1904 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 32-0  
10/22/1904 Grinnell* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 146-0  
10/29/1904 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 16-12  
11/05/1904 Lawrence* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 69-0  
11/12/1904 at Wisconsin Randall FieldMadison, WI W 28-0  
11/19/1904 at Northwestern Sheppard Field • Evanston, IL W 17-0  
11/24/1904 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 11-0  
*Non-conference game.


1905 season[edit]

1905 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1905 record 10-1-0 (2-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1904 1906 »
1905 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Chicago 7 0 0     11 0 0
Michigan 2 1 0     12 1 0
Minnesota 2 1 0     10 1 0
Purdue 1 1 1     6 1 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     8 2 0
Indiana 0 1 1     8 1 1
Iowa 0 2 0     8 2 0
Northwestern 0 2 0     8 2 1
Illinois 0 3 0     5 4 0
† – Conference champion

The 1905 team finished second in the Big Ten, winning ten games and losing one game all year.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/23/1905 Twin Cities Central High* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 74-0  
09/30/1905 Shattuck/Pillsbury Academy* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 54-0  
09/30/1905 St. Thomas* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 42-0  
10/07/1905 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 45-0  
10/14/1905 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 42-0  
10/21/1905 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 39-0  
10/28/1905 Lawrence* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 46-0  
11/04/1905 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 12-16  
11/11/1905 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 81-0  
11/18/1905 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 35-0  
11/25/1905 Northwestern Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 72-6  
*Non-conference game.


1906 season[edit]

1906 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1906 record 4-1-0 (2-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1905 1907 »
1906 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin § 3 0 0     5 0 0
Minnesota § 2 0 0     4 1 0
Michigan § 1 0 0     4 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     4 1 0
Illinois 1 3 0     1 3 1
Iowa 0 1 0     2 3 0
Indiana 0 2 0     4 2 0
Purdue 0 3 0     0 5 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1906 team went undefeated in conference play, winning another Big Ten co-championship and only lost one game all season.[7]

Tackle George Case, end Bobby Marshall and guard Theodore Vita were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/27/1906 Iowa State* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 22-4  
11/03/1906 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 13-0  
11/10/1906 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 4-2  
11/17/1906 Carlisle* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-17  
11/24/1906 Indiana Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 8-6  
*Non-conference game.


1907 season[edit]

1907 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1907 record 2-2-1 (0-1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1906 1908 »
1907 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Chicago 4 0 0     4 1 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     3 1 1
Illinois 3 2 0     3 2 0
Iowa 1 1 0     3 2 0
Minnesota 0 1 1     2 2 1
Indiana 0 3 0     2 3 1
Purdue 0 3 0     0 5 0
† – Conference champion

The 1907 team was not as successful as the teams of the previous seasons and it ended up in 5th place in the Big Ten.[6]

End Harry Capron and tackle George Case were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/12/1907 Iowa State* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 8-0  
10/19/1907 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 8-5  
11/02/1907 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 12-18  
11/16/1907 Carlisle* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 10-12  
11/23/1907 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI T 17-17  
*Non-conference game.


1908 season[edit]

1908 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1908 record 3-2-1 (0-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1907 1909 »
1908 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Chicago 5 0 0     5 0 1
Illinois 4 1 0     5 1 1
Wisconsin 2 1 0     5 1 0
Indiana 1 3 0     2 4 0
Purdue 1 3 0     4 3 0
Iowa 0 1 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 2 0     3 2 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     2 2 0
† – Conference champion


The 1908 season was the first season in which the Minnesota football team was outscored by its season opponents.[13] The team finished with three wins, two loses and one tie.[6]

Center Orren Safford was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/03/1908 Lawrence* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 6-0  
10/10/1908 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 15-10  
10/17/1908 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN T 0-0  
10/31/1908 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL L 0-29  
11/07/1908 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-5  
11/21/1908 Carlisle* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 11-6  
*Non-conference game.


1909 season[edit]

1909 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1909 record 6-1-0 (3-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1908 1910 »
1909 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota 3 0 0     6 1 0
Chicago 4 1 1     4 1 2
Illinois 3 1 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 2 1 1     3 1 1
Indiana 1 3 0     4 3 0
Northwestern 1 3 0     1 3 1
Iowa 0 1 0     2 4 1
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
† – Conference champion


The 1909 team lost only one game and won the Big Ten championship.[7]

Quarterback John McGovern was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[3] McGovern, center H.E. Farnam, fullback Earl Pickering, halfback Reuben Rosenwald and tackle James Walker were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/25/1909 Lawrence* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 25-0  
10/02/1909 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 41-0  
10/09/1909 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 18-0  
10/16/1909 at Nebraska* Omaha, NE W 14-0  
10/30/1909 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 20-6  
11/13/1909 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI W 34-6  
11/20/1909 Michigan* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6-15  
*Non-conference game.


1910 season[edit]

1910 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1910 record 6-1-0 (2-0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1909 1911 »
1910 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois § 4 0 0     7 0 0
Minnesota § 2 0 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 1 0
Iowa 1 1 0     5 2 0
Chicago 2 4 0     2 5 0
Wisconsin 1 2 1     1 2 2
Northwestern 1 2 1     1 3 1
Purdue 0 4 0     1 5 0
§ – Conference co-champions


Much like the 1909 season, the 1910 Gophers lost only one game - the season closing match up with Michigan.[6] They also were Big Ten co-champions.[7]

Tackle James Walker was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[3] Fullback Lisle Johnston, quarterback John McGovern, halfback Reuben Rosenwald and tackle James Walker were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/24/1910 Lawrence* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 34-0  
10/01/1910 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 17-0  
10/08/1910 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 49-0  
10/15/1910 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 27-0  
10/29/1910 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 24-0  
11/12/1910 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 28-0  
11/19/1910 at Michigan* Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 0-6  
*Non-conference game.


1911 season[edit]

1911 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1911 record 6-0-1 (3-0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1910 1912 »
1911 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota 3 0 1     6 0 1
Chicago 5 1 0     6 1 0
Wisconsin 2 1 1     5 1 1
Illinois 2 2 1     4 2 1
Iowa 2 2 0     3 4 0
Purdue 1 3 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 1 4 0     3 4 0
Indiana 0 3 1     3 3 1
† – Conference champion


The 1911 team went undefeated and claimed the school's third consecutive Big Ten championship.[7]

Center Clifford Morrell and halfback Reuben Rosenwald were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/30/1911 Iowa State* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 5-0  
10/07/1911 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 5-0  
10/21/1911 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 21-3  
10/28/1911 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 24-6  
11/04/1911 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 30-0  
11/18/1911 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI T 6-6  
11/25/1911 at Illinois Champaign, IL W 11-0  
*Non-conference game.


1912 season[edit]

1912 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1912 record 4-3-0 (2-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1911 1913 »
1912 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin 5 0 0     7 0 0
Chicago 6 1 0     6 1 0
Purdue 2 2 1     4 2 1
Minnesota 2 2 0     4 3 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     2 3 1
Illinois 1 3 1     3 3 1
Iowa 1 3 0     4 3 0
Indiana 0 5 0     2 5 0
† – Conference champion


The 1912 team finished third in the Big Ten, winning two games and losing two games.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/28/1912 South Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN L 0-10  
10/05/1912 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 5-0  
10/19/1912 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 13-0  
10/26/1912 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 56-7  
11/02/1912 Illinois Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 13-0  
11/16/1912 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-14  
11/23/1912 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL L 0-7  
*Non-conference game.


1913 season[edit]

1913 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1913 record 5-2-0 (2-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1912 1914 »
1913 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Chicago 7 0 0     7 0 0
Iowa 2 1 0     5 2 0
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     4 1 2
Illinois 2 2 1     4 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 1     3 3 1
Ohio State 1 2 0     4 2 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion


The 1913 team finished second in the Big Ten with its only conference loss coming to Big Ten champion Chicago.[6][7]

Fullback Clark Shaughnessy and end Lorin Solon were named All-Americans by the Associated Press.[3] Shaughnessy and Solon were also named All-Big Ten.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
09/27/1913 South Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 14-0  
10/04/1913 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 25-0  
10/18/1913 at Nebraska* Lincoln, NE L 0-7  
10/25/1913 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 30-0  
11/01/1913 at Wisconsin Camp RandallMadison, WI W 21-3  
11/15/1913 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 7-13  
11/22/1913 at Illinois Champaign, IL W 19-9  
*Non-conference game.


1914 season[edit]

1914 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1914 record 6-1-0 (3-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1913 1915 »
1914 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois 6 0 0     7 0 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     6 1 0
Chicago 4 2 1     4 2 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1     4 2 1
Ohio State 2 2 0     5 2 0
Purdue 2 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 1 2 0     4 3 0
Indiana 1 4 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion


The 1914 team finished second in the Big Ten with its only loss coming to conference champion Illinois.[6][7]

Lorin Solon was named an All-American by the Associated Press.[3] Solon was also named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/03/1914 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 28-6  
10/10/1914 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 26-0  
10/17/1914 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 29-7  
10/24/1914 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 7-0  
10/31/1914 Illinois Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6-21  
11/14/1914 Wisconsindagger Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 14-3  
11/21/1914 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 13-7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1915 season[edit]

1915 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1915 record 6-0-1 (3-0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1914 1916 »
1915 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota § 3 0 1     6 0 1
Illinois § 3 0 2     5 0 2
Chicago 4 2 0     5 2 0
Ohio State 2 1 1     5 1 1
Purdue 2 2 0     3 3 1
Wisconsin 2 3 0     4 3 0
Iowa 1 2 0     3 4 0
Indiana 1 3 0     3 3 1
Northwestern 0 5 0     2 5 0
§ – Conference co-champions


The 1915 team went undefeated, with the only blemish on its record being a tie with Illinois.[6] The two teams shared the Big Ten championship.[7]

End Bert Baston, fullback Bernie Bierman and guard Merton Dunningan were named All-Americans by the Associated Press.[3] Baston was also named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[3] Baston, Bierman and Dunnigan were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/02/1915 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 41-0  
10/09/1915 Iowa State* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 34-6  
10/16/1915 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 19-0  
10/23/1915 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 51-13  
10/30/1915 at Illinois Champaign, IL T 6-6  
11/13/1915 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 20-7  
11/20/1915 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 20-3  
*Non-conference game.


1916 season[edit]

1916 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1916 record 6-1-0 (3-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1915 1917 »
1916 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 4 0 0     7 0 0
Northwestern 4 1 0     6 1 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     6 1 0
Chicago 3 3 0     3 4 0
Illinois 2 2 1     3 3 1
Wisconsin 1 2 1     4 2 1
Iowa 1 2 0     4 3 0
Indiana 0 3 1     2 4 1
Purdue 0 4 1     2 4 1
† – Conference champion


The 1916 team lost only one game all season, and it was a surprising loss to Illinois which cost the Gophers a share of the conference title.[14]

End Bert Baston and quarterback Shorty Long were named All-Americans by the Associated Press.[3] Baston was also named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.[3] Baston, guard Conrad Eklund tackle Frank Mayer and fullback Arnold "Pudge" Wyman were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/07/1916 South Dakota State* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 41-7  
10/14/1916 North Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 47-7  
10/21/1916 South Dakota* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 81-0  
10/28/1916 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 67-0  
11/04/1916 Illinois Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 9-14  
11/18/1916 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 54-0  
11/25/1916 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 49-0  
*Non-conference game.


1917 season[edit]

1917 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1917 record 4-1-0 (3-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1916 1918 »
1917 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 4 0 0     8 0 1
Minnesota 3 1 0     4 1 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     4 2 1
Illinois 2 2 1     5 2 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 0 1 0     8 2 0
Iowa 0 2 0     3 5 0
Purdue 0 4 0     3 4 0
† – Conference champion


The 1917 season was almost canceled due to the United States entering World War I, but over the summer, the decision was made to go ahead and play a reduced football schedule.[15] The team finished second in the Big Ten.[14]

Tackle George Hauser was named an All-American by the Associated Press.[3] Hauser was also named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/13/1917 South Dakota State* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 64-0  
10/20/1917 Indiana Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 33-9  
11/03/1917 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 7-10  
11/17/1917 Chicago Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 33-0  
11/24/1917 at Illinois Urbana, IL W 27-6  
*Non-conference game.


1918 season[edit]

1918 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918 record 5-2-1 (2-1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1917 1919 »
1918 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois § 4 0 0     5 2 0
Michigan § 2 0 0     5 0 0
Purdue § 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
§ – Conference co-champions


The 1918 team ended up in fourth place in the Big Ten.[14] The conference had to suspend its normal eligibility requirements due to the large number of students who had entered the military.[16]

Fullback Norman Kingsley was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/05/1918 All-Stars* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN T 0-0  
10/19/1918 Overland Aviation Station* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 30-0  
10/26/1918 at St. Thomas* St. Paul, MN W 25-7  
11/02/1918 Carleton-St. Olaf* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 59-6  
11/09/1918 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA L 0-6  
11/16/1918 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 6-0  
11/23/1918 Municipal Pier* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6-20  
11/30/1918 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 7-0  
*Non-conference game.


1919 season[edit]

1919 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1919 record 4-2-1 (3-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1918 1920 »
1919 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois 6 1 0     6 1 0
Ohio State 3 1 0     6 1 0
Chicago 4 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     5 2 0
Minnesota 3 2 0     4 2 1
Iowa 2 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 1 4 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 1 4 0     2 5 0
Indiana 0 2 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 3 0     2 4 1
† – Conference champion


The 1919 team finished in fourth place in the Big Ten and beat Michigan in its first season back in the conference.[14]

Halfback Arnold Oss was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/04/1919 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 39-0  
10/11/1919 Nebraska* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN T 6-6  
10/18/1919 at Indiana Jordan Field • Bloomington, IN W 20-6  
10/25/1919 Iowa Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6-9  
11/01/1919 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 19-7  
11/08/1919 Illinoisdagger Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6-10  
11/22/1919 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 34-7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1920 season[edit]

1920 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1920 record 1-6-0 (0-6-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1919 1921 »
1920 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 5 0 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 4 1 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 2 0
Illinois 4 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0     5 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 4 0
Chicago 2 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 6 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion


The 1920 season was a down year for the team. It featured the school's first ever six game losing streak[17] and it finished tied for last place in the conference.[14]

Guard Festus Tierney was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/02/1920 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 41-3  
10/09/1920 at Northwestern Northwestern Field • Evanston, IL L 0-17  
10/16/1920 Indiana Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 7-21  
10/30/1920 at Illinois Urbana, IL L 7-17  
11/06/1920 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-3  
11/13/1920 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA L 7-28  
11/20/1920 Michigandagger Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 0-3  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1921 season[edit]

1921 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1921 record 3-4-0 (2-4-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams
Seasons
« 1920 1922 »
1921 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa 5 0 0     7 0 0
Chicago 4 1 0     6 1 0
Ohio State 4 1 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     5 1 1
Michigan 2 1 1     5 1 1
Indiana 1 2 0     3 4 0
Minnesota 2 4 0     3 4 0
Illinois 1 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion


In his last season as coach for the University of Minnesota, Dr. Williams led the team to a record of three wins and four losses, resulting in a sixth place finish in the conference.[14]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/01/1921 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 19-0  
10/08/1921 Northwestern Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 28-0  
10/15/1921 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0-27  
10/22/1921 Indiana Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 6-0  
10/29/1921 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 0-35  
11/05/1921 Iowadagger Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 7-41  
11/19/1921 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 0-38  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


References[edit]

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  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". pp. 196–197. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 179. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 180. 
  5. ^ Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Department of the University of Minnesota; Ralph Turtinen (editor) (1981). 100 Years of Golden Gopher Football. John Roberts. p. 15. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 196. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Richard, Campbell, et al. (2007). "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book" (– Scholar search). p. 543. [dead link]
  8. ^ The General Alumni Association; Martin Newell (editor) (1928). The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota. p. 76. 
  9. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 80. 
  10. ^ "The Little Brown Jug - Minnesota vs. Michigan". University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  11. ^ Papas Jr., Al (1990). Gopher Sketchbook. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nodin Press. p. 16. 
  12. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 92. 
  13. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 110. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". pp. 197www. 
  15. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 150. 
  16. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 153. 
  17. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 160.