Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Clarence Spears

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were coached by Clarence Spears for five seasons from 1925 to 1929.[1] In those five seasons, the Gophers won 28 games, lost nine and tied three.[1] In the Big Ten, they won 13 games, lost seven and tied two.[2] Six players were named All-Americans under Coach Spears.[3] Fifteen players were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

1925[edit]

1925 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1925 record 5-2-1 (1-1-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1924 1926 »
1925 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan 5 1 0     7 1 0
Northwestern 3 1 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     6 1 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 2 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa 2 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 1 1 1     5 2 1
Ohio State 1 3 1     4 3 1
Indiana 0 3 1     3 4 1
Purdue 0 3 1     3 4 1
† – Conference champion


The 1925 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Clarence Spears.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games, lost two and tied one.[2] Total attendance for the season was 193,707, which averaged out to 27,672 per game.[5] The season high for attendance was against Notre Dame.[5]

Guard Len Walsh was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/03/1925 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 25-6   20,000
10/10/1925 Grinnell* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-6   18,000
10/17/1925 Wabash* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 32-6   18,000
10/24/1925 Notre Dame* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-19   52,000
10/31/1925 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 12-12   40,000
11/07/1925 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-7   20,000
11/14/1925 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-0   45,000
11/21/1925 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 0-35   47,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1926[edit]

1926 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1926 record 5-3 (2-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1925 1927 »
1926 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Michigan § 5 0 0     7 1 0
#10 Northwestern § 5 0 0     7 1 0
#7 Ohio State 3 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 2 1 1     5 2 1
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 2 1
#10 Illinois 2 2 0     6 2 0
Minnesota 2 2 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 4 0     3 5 0
Iowa 0 5 0     3 5 0
Chicago 0 5 0     2 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1926 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach Clarence Spears.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost three.[2] Total attendance for the season was 156,032, which averaged out to 31,206 per game.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[5]

Fullback Herb Joesting was named an All-American by the Associated Press and Look Magazine.[3] Joestring, Tackle Mitchell Gary, guard Harold Hanson and end Roger Wheeler were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/02/1926 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 51-0   18,000
10/09/1926 Notre Dame* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-20   54,000
10/16/1926 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI L 0-20   48,000
10/23/1926 Wabash* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 67-7   16,000
10/30/1926 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 16-10   42,000
11/06/1926 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 41-0   30,000
11/13/1926 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 81-0   8,000
11/20/1926 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-7   58,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1927[edit]

1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten co-champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1927 record 6-0-2 (3-0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1926 1928 »
1927 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois § 5 0 0     7 0 1
Minnesota § 3 0 1     6 0 2
Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Chicago 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 0     6 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     4 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 1 2 1     3 4 1
Iowa 1 4 0     4 4 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     4 4 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1927 season was the Golden Gophers' third under head coach Clarence Spears.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and tied two.[2] The Gophers shared the Big Ten title, the ninth in school history. Total attendance for the season was 166,848, which averaged to 23,126.[5] The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.[5]

Fullback Herb Joesting and guard Harold Hanson were named All-American status by the Associated Press.[3] Joesting, Hanson, quarterback Harold "Shorty" Almquist, tackle Mitchell Gary and end Kenneth Haycraft were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/01/1927 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 57-10   22,000
10/08/1927 Oklahoma A&M* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 40-0   35,000
10/15/1927 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN T 14-14   21,000
10/22/1927 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 38-0   52,000
10/29/1927 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   56,000
11/05/1927 at Notre Dame* Cartier FieldNotre Dame, IN T 7-7   26,000
11/12/1927 Drake* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-6   20,000
11/19/1927 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 13-7   84,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1928[edit]

1928 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1928 record 6-2 (4-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1927 1929 »
1928 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Illinois 4 1 0     7 1 0
#4 Wisconsin 3 1 1     7 1 1
Minnesota 4 2 0     6 2 0
#6 Iowa 3 2 0     6 2 0
Ohio State 3 2 0     5 2 1
Purdue 2 2 1     5 2 1
Northwestern 2 3 0     5 3 0
Michigan 2 3 0     3 4 1
Indiana 2 4 0     4 4 0
Chicago 0 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1928 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth under head coach Clarence Spears.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost two.[2] Total attendance for the season was 146,185, which averaged to 29,237.[5] The season high for attendance was against Chicago.[5]

Guard George Gibson and end Kenneth Haycraft were named All-Americans by the Associated Press and Look Magazine.[3] Gibson, Haycraft and quarterback Fred Hovde were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/06/1928 Creighton* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 40-0   20,000
10/13/1928 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 15-0   25,000
10/20/1928 Chicagodagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-7   58,000
10/27/1928 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA L 6-7   30,000
11/03/1928 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 9-10   45,000
11/10/1928 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-12   25,000
11/17/1928 Haskell* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 52-0   20,000
11/24/1928 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 6-0   10,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1929[edit]

1929 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1929 record 6-2 (3-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1928 1930 »
1929 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Purdue 5 0 0     8 0 0
#5 Illinois 3 1 1     6 1 1
Minnesota 3 2 0     6 2 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 2 2     4 2 2
Ohio State 2 2 1     4 3 1
Michigan 1 3 1     5 3 1
Indiana 1 3 1     2 6 1
Chicago 1 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     4 5 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1929 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth under head coach Clarence Spears.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost two.[2] Total attendance for the season was 204,083, which averaged to 34,014.[5] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[5]

Bronko Nagurski was named an All-American at fullback and tackle by the Associated Press and Look Magazine.[3] Nagurski and end Robert Tanner were named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/05/1929 Coe* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 39-0   25,000
10/12/1929 Vanderbilt Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 15-6   25,000
10/19/1929 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 26-14   40,000
10/26/1929 Ripon* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 54-0   27,000
11/02/1929 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-9   30,000
11/09/1929 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 7-9   36,000
11/16/1929 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-7   58,160
11/23/1929 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-12   58,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 195 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 197 
  3. ^ a b c d e Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 179 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160