Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Bernie Bierman

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Bernie Bierman was the head football coach at the University of Minnesota for 16 seasons, from 1932 through 1941 and then again from 1945 to 1950.[1] The team had a 93-35-6 overall record.[1] In the Big Ten, the Golden Gophers had a 57-28-6 record and won six conference championships.[2] The team won national titles in 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940 and 1941.[3] Twenty-one players were awarded All-American status.[4] Thirty-six players were named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

1932[edit]

1932 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1932 record 5-3 (2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1931 1933 »
1932 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan § 6 0 0     8 0 0
Purdue § 5 0 1     7 0 1
Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 1 1
Ohio State 2 1 2     4 1 3
Northwestern 2 3 1     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 0     5 3 0
Illinois 2 4 0     5 4 0
Indiana 1 4 1     3 4 1
Chicago 1 4 0     3 4 1
Iowa 0 5 0     1 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1932 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Bernie Bierman.[6] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost three.[6] Total attendance for the season was 113,956, which averaged to 43,557.[7] The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[7]

Tackle Marshall Wells was named All-Big Ten first team.[5] Fullback John Baumgartner was named Academic All-Big Ten.[8]

Center Roy Oen was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
10/01/1932 South Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 12-0   20,000
10/08/1932 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-7   20,000
10/15/1932 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-6   18,000
10/22/1932 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 21-6   12,000
10/29/1932 Northwesterndagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-0   35,000
11/05/1932 Ole Miss* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 26-0   12,000
11/12/1932 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 13-20   31,000
11/19/1932 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-3   24,766
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1933[edit]

1933 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1933 record 4-0-4 (2-0-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1932 1934 »
1933 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan § 5 0 1     7 0 1
Ohio State 4 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 3 1 1     6 1 1
Minnesota § 2 0 4     4 0 4
Illinois 3 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 3 0
Northwestern 1 4 1     1 5 2
Chicago 0 3 2     3 3 2
Indiana 0 3 2     1 5 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     2 5 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1933 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach Bernie Bierman.[6] The Golden Gophers won four games and tied four.[6] Total attendance for the season was 164,301, which averaged to 27,384.[7] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[7]

End Frank Larson was named an All-American by United Press International (UPI), Collier's Weekly/Grantland Rice and Look Magazine. Halfback Pug Lund was named an All-American by the Associated Press, UPI and Liberty Magazine.[4]

Frank Larson and Pug Lund were named All-Big Ten.[5]

Pug Lund was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/30/1933 South Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 19-6   25,000
10/07/1933 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 6-6   20,000
10/14/1933 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 7-7   26,497
10/21/1933 Pittsburgh* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-3   26,000
10/28/1933 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-7   45,000
11/04/1933 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL T 0-0   35,000
11/18/1933 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI T 0-0   52,137
11/25/1933 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 6-3   25,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1934[edit]

1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1934 record 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1933 1935 »
1934 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota 5 0 0     8 0 0
Ohio State 5 1 0     7 1 0
Illinois 4 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 3 1 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 0     4 4 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 5 0
Chicago 2 4 0     4 4 0
Indiana 1 3 1     3 3 2
Iowa 1 3 1     2 5 1
Michigan 0 6 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Dickinson System


The 1934 season was the Golden Gophers' third under head coach Bernie Bierman.[6] The Golden Gophers won eight games and lost none.[6] Total attendance for the season was 192,922, which averaged to 38,584.[7] The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[7] The team was named national champions, the first national championship for the University.[10]

End Frank Larson was named an All-American by the Associated Press (AP), Collier's Weekly/Grantland Rice and Look Magazine.[4] Halfback Pug Lund was named an All-American by the AP, Collier’s Weekly/Grantland Rice, Liberty, Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[4] Guard Bill Bevan was named an All-American by Collier’s Weekly/Grantland Rice, Liberty and Look Magazine.[4] End Bob Tenner was named an All-American by the United Press International.[4] Tackle Phil Bengston, Bevan, Larson, Lund, Tenner, and tackle Ed Widseth were named All-Big Ten.[5] Lund received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player of the Big Ten.[5]

Pug Lund was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/29/1934 North Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 56-12   25,000
10/06/1934 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 20-0   35,000
10/20/1934 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 13-7   65,000
10/27/1934 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 48-12   53,000
11/03/1934 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-0   59,362
11/10/1934 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30-0   28,100
11/17/1934 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-7   46,000
11/24/1934 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 34-0   38,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1935[edit]

1935 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National Champions
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1935 record 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1934 1936 »
1935 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota § 5 0 0     8 0 0
#5 Ohio State § 5 0 0     7 1 0
Purdue 3 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 2 2 1     4 3 1
#16 Northwestern 2 3 1     4 3 1
#18 Iowa 1 2 2     4 2 2
Chicago 2 3 0     4 4 0
Michigan 2 3 0     4 4 0
Illinois 1 4 0     3 5 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     1 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from UP Sports Writers


The 1935 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won eight games and lost none.[11] Total attendance for the season was 217,785, which averaged to 43,557.[7] The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[7] The team was named national champions, the second consecutive national championship for the University.[10]

Guard Bud Wilkinson was named All-American by Grantland Rice and the Associated Press (AP).[4] Tackle Ed Widseth was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, United Press International (UPI), Liberty, Hearst and New York World Telegram.[4] Tackle Dick Smith was named an All-American by the AP, UPI, New York World Telegram and Look Magazine.[4] Halfback Sheldon Beise was named an All-American by the American Sports Service and New York Daily Mirror.[4]

Beise, quarterback Babe LeVoir, Smith, Widseth and Wilkinson were named All-Big Ten.[5]

Quarterback Babe LeVoir was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/28/1935 North Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 26-6   35,000
10/12/1935 at Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE W 12-7   37,000
10/19/1935 Tulane* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 20-0   38,000
10/26/1935 Northwesterndagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-13   52,000
11/02/1935 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 29-7   49,400
11/09/1935 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 13-6   52,000
11/16/1935 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 40-0   35,000
11/23/1935 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-7   45,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1936[edit]

1936 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #1
1936 record 7-1 (4-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1935 1937 »
1936 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Northwestern 6 0 0     7 1 0
#1 Minnesota 4 1 0     7 1 0
Ohio State 4 1 0     5 3 0
Indiana 3 1 1     5 2 1
Purdue 3 1 1     5 2 1
Illinois 2 2 1     4 3 1
Chicago 1 4 0     2 5 1
Iowa 0 4 1     3 4 1
Wisconsin 0 4 0     2 6 0
Michigan 0 5 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1936 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost one.[11] Total attendance for the season was 247,653, which averaged to 49,531.[7] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[7] The team was named national champions, the third consecutive national championship for the University.[10]

Tackle Ed Widseth was named an All-American by Collier's/Grantland Rice, Associated Press, INS, NEA, New York Sun, Look Magazine, New York Morning Telegram, Hearst, United Press International and Paramount News.[4] Widseth and halfback Andy Uram were named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

Widseth was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/26/1936 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 14-7   40,000
10/10/1936 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 7-0   53,000
10/17/1936 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 26-0   48,000
10/24/1936 Purdue #1 Memorial Stadium • MInneapolis, MN W 33-0   47,780
10/31/1936 at #3 Northwestern #1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 0-6   48,347
11/07/1936 Iowadagger #2 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 52-0   63,200
11/14/1936 Texas* #2 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 47-19   47,000
11/21/1936 at Wisconsin #2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 24-0   33,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1937[edit]

1937 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1937 record 6-2 (5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1936 1938 »
1937 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Minnesota 5 0 0     6 2 0
#13 Ohio State 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana 3 2 0     5 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     4 4 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 1     4 3 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 3 2
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 0
Iowa 0 5 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1937 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost two.[11] Total attendance for the season was 254,188, which averaged to 50,838.[7] The season high for attendance was against Notre Dame.[7]

End Ray King was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[4] Fullback Andy Uram was named an All-American by the Associated Press.[4] King, halfback Rudy Gmitro, tackle Lou Midler and guard Frank Twedell were named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

Rudy Gmitro was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/25/1937 North Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 69-7   47,492
10/02/1937 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 9-14   37,000
10/09/1937 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 6-0   35,000
10/16/1937 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39-6   53,266
10/30/1937 Notre Dame* #4 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-7   63,237
11/06/1937 at Iowa #14 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 35-10   40,000
11/13/1937 Northwestern #10 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-0   63,000
11/20/1937 Wisconsin #7 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-6   46,000
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1938[edit]

1938 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #10
1938 record 6-2 (4-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1937 1939 »
1938 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Minnesota 4 1 0     6 2 0
#16 Michigan 3 1 1     6 1 1
Purdue 3 1 1     5 1 2
#17 Northwestern 2 1 2     4 2 2
Wisconsin 3 2 0     5 3 0
Ohio State 3 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 5 0
Iowa 1 3 1     1 6 1
Indiana 1 4 0     1 6 1
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1938 season was the Golden Gophers' seventh under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost two.[11] Total attendance for the season was 237,000, which averaged to 47,400.[7] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[7]

Guard Francis Twedell was named an All-American by the Associated Press and United Press International.[4] Twedell and quarterback Wilbur Moore were named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

Fullback Larry Buhker was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/24/1938 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 15-0   50,000
10/01/1938 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-7   46,000
10/08/1938 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-0   52,000
10/15/1938 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-6   54,212
10/29/1938 at Northwestern #2 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 3-6   48,000
11/05/1938 Iowa #12 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 28-0   42,000
11/12/1938 at #2 Notre Dame* #12 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 0-19   55,245
11/19/1938 at #12 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 21-0   38,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1939[edit]

1939 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1939 record 3-4-1 (2-3-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1938 1940 »
1939 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Ohio State 5 1 0     6 2 0
#9 Iowa 4 1 1     6 1 1
#20 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     3 3 2
Northwestern 3 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 3 3 0     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 1     3 4 1
Indiana 2 3 0     2 4 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1939 season was the Golden Gophers' eighth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won three games, lost four and tied one.[11] Total attendance for the season was 229,954, which averaged to 45,991.[7] The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[7]

Tackle Win Pederson was named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

Halfback Harold Van Every was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/30/1939 Arizona* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 62-0   42,875
10/07/1939 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-6   33,000
10/14/1939 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 13-13   35,000
10/21/1939 #10 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 23-20   55,000
11/04/1939 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-14   53,200
11/11/1939 at #10 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20-7   66,572
11/18/1939 at Iowa #20 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 13-9   60,100
11/25/1939 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 23-6   40,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1940[edit]

1940 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #1
1940 record 8-0 (6-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »
1940 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota 6 0 0     8 0 0
#3 Michigan 3 1 0     7 1 0
#8 Northwestern 4 2 0     6 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     4 4 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     4 4 0
Iowa 2 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 2 3 0     3 5 0
Purdue 1 4 0     2 6 0
Illinois 0 5 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1940 season was the Golden Gophers' ninth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won eight games and lost none.[11] Total attendance for the season was 234,990, which averaged to 46,998.[7] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[7] The team finished first in the Associated Press poll, giving the Gophers their fourth national title.[11][12]

Tackle Urban Odson was named an All-American by Liberty.[4] Halfback George Franck was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, United Press International, Look Magazine and Collier's.[4] Franck and Odson were named All-Big Ten first team.[5] Franck placed third in voting for the Heisman Trophy.[8]

Bob Paffrath, QB was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/28/1940 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 19-14   46,000
10/05/1940 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   41,000
10/19/1940 at #15 Ohio State #7 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13-7   63,199
10/26/1940 Iowa #6 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-6   62,992
11/02/1940 at Northwestern #4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 13-12   48,000
11/09/1940 #3 Michigan #2 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7-6   60,481
11/16/1940 Purdue #1 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-6   30,140
11/23/1940 at Wisconsin #1 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 22-13   40,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1941[edit]

1941 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #1
1941 record 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »
1941 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota 5 0 0     8 0 0
#5 Michigan 3 1 1     6 1 1
#13 Ohio State 3 1 1     6 1 1
#11 Northwestern 4 2 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     3 5 0
Iowa 2 4 0     3 5 0
Purdue 1 3 0     2 5 1
Indiana 1 3 0     2 6 0
Illinois 0 5 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1941 season was the Golden Gophers' tenth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won eight games and lost none.[11] Total attendance for the season was 239,227, which averaged to 47,845.[7] The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[7]

The team finished first in the Associated Press poll, giving the Gophers their second consecutive and fifth national title.

Halfback Bruce Smith was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, INS, Time-Life, United Press International (UPI), Associated Press (AP) and Look Magazine.[4] Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, INS, Time Life, AP and UPI.[4] Wildung, Smith, Halfback Bill Daley, End Bob Fitch and Guard Len Levy were named All-Big Ten.[5] Bruce Smith was awarded the Heisman Trophy, the only Golden Gopher to win the award.[8]

Back Bob Sweiger was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/27/1941 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 14-6   43,000
10/11/1941 Illinois #1 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34-6   50,345
10/18/1941 Pittsburgh* #1 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39-0   35,000
10/25/1941 at Michigan #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 7-0   84,658
11/01/1941 Northwestern #1 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 8-7   64,464
11/08/1941 Nebraska* #2 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 9-0   42,893
11/15/1941 at Iowa #1 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 34-13   43,200
11/22/1941 Wisconsin #1 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 41-6   52,984
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1945[edit]

1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1945 record 4-5 (1-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »
1945 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Indiana 5 0 1     9 0 1
#6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
#12 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 3 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 1     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 5 0     4 5 0
Iowa 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1945 season was the Golden Gophers' eleventh under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won four games and lost five.[11] Total attendance for the season was 246,931, which averaged to 41,155.[7] The season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[7]

Tackle Bob Fitch was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/22/1945 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34-0   34,246
10/06/1945 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 61-7   25,000
10/13/1945 Fort Warren* #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-0   32,465
10/20/1945 Northwestern #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30-7   55,940
10/27/1945 #12 Ohio State #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-20   56,000
11/03/1945 at #10 Michigan #16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-26   84,472
11/10/1945 Indiana #20 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-49   41,400
11/17/1945 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 19-20   13,880
11/24/1945 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-26   34,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1946[edit]

1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1946 record 5-4 (3-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »
1946 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Illinois 6 1 0     8 2 0
#6 Michigan 5 1 1     6 2 1
#20 Indiana 4 2 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 4 0     5 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 1     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 3 1     4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0     4 5 0
Purdue 0 5 1     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1946 season was the Golden Gophers' twelfth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost four.[11] Total attendance for the season was 328,003, which averaged to 54,667.[7] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[7]

Halfback Billy Bye was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/28/1946 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 33-6   51,096
10/05/1946 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-21   53,648
10/12/1946 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 7-14   40,000
10/19/1946 Wyoming* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 46-0   46,087
10/26/1946 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 9-39   76,611
11/02/1946 #13 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-21   58,476
11/09/1946 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   58,341
11/16/1946 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-6   59,180
11/23/1946 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 6-0   45,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1947[edit]

1947 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1947 record 6-3 (3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »
1947 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Michigan 6 0 0     10 0 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Minnesota 3 3 0     6 3 0
Illinois 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 3 1     5 3 1
Iowa 2 3 1     3 5 1
Northwestern 2 4 0     3 6 0
Ohio State 1 4 1     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1947 season was the Golden Gophers' thirteenth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost three.[6] Total attendance for the season was 289,612, which averaged to 57,922.[7] The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[7]

Guard Leo Nomellini was named All-Big Ten.[5]

Guard Larry Olsonoski was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/27/1947 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 7-6   43,377
10/04/1947 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 28-13   34,000
10/12/1947 Northwestern #17 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 37-21   59,598
10/18/1947 at Illinois #13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 13-40   56,048
10/25/1947 at #1 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6-13   85,938
11/01/1947 Pittsburgh* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 29-0   55,624
11/08/1947 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 26-21   63,659
11/15/1947 at Iowa #20 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 7-13   50,000
11/22/1947 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-0   63,862
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1948[edit]

1948 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #16
1948 record 7-2 (5-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »
1948 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Michigan 6 0 0     9 0 0
#7 Northwestern 5 1 0     8 2 0
#16 Minnesota 5 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     3 6 0
Indiana 2 4 0     2 7 0
Illinois 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1948 season was the Golden Gophers' fourteenth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost two.[11] Total attendance for the season was 308,556, which averaged to 61,711.[7] The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[7]

Guard Leo Nomellini was named All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press (AP), Collier's Weekly/Grantland Rice, The Sporting News, INS, Look Magazine, Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association.[4]

Nomellini and end Bud Grant were named All-Big Ten.[5]

Halfback Everette Faunce was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/25/1948 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 20-0   40,000
10/02/1948 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 39-13   57,206
10/09/1948 at Northwestern* #8 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 16-19   47,000
10/16/1948 Illinois #11 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 6-0   62,066
10/23/1948 Michigan #13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-27   65,130
10/30/1948 Indiana #15 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30-7   64,926
11/06/1948 Purdue #19 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-7   66,953
11/13/1948 at Iowa #14 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 28-21   44,000
11/20/1948 at Wisconsin #15 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 16-0   45,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


1949[edit]

1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #8
1949 record 7-2 (4-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »
1949 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Ohio State § 4 1 1     7 1 2
#7 Michigan § 4 1 1     6 2 1
#8 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     3 4 2
Iowa 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1949 season was the Golden Gophers' fifteenth under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost two.[11] Total attendance for the season was 305,200, which averaged to 61,040.[7] The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.[7]

Tackle Leo Nomellini was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press (AP), Look Magazine, and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Center Clayton Tonnemaker was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, AP, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine, Football Writers Association of America and the AFCA.[4] Nomellini, Tonnemaker and end Bud Grant were named All-Big Ten first team.[5]

Grant was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/24/1949 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 48-20   55,256
10/01/1949 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 28-6   34,000
10/08/1949 Northwestern #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-7   63,063
10/15/1949 at #11 Ohio State #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 27-0   82,111
10/22/1949 at #11 Michigan #3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 7-14   97,239
10/29/1949 Purdue #7 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-13   61,154
11/05/1949 Iowa #9 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-7   42,515
11/19/1949 Wisconsin #8 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-6   63,139
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1950[edit]

1950 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1950 record 1-7-1 (1-4-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/6 Michigan 4 1 1     6 3 1
#14/10 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/20 Wisconsin 5 2 0     6 3 0
#13/11 Illinois 4 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 4 1     1 7 1
Indiana 1 4 0     3 5 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1950 season was the Golden Gophers' sixteenth and final under head coach Bernie Bierman.[11] The Golden Gophers won one game, lost seven and tied one.[11] Total attendance for the season was 267,015, which averaged to 53,403.[7] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[7]

Wayne Robinson was awarded the Team MVP Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/30/1950 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 13-28   49,500
10/07/1950 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 26-32   47,710
10/14/1950 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 6-13   45,000
10/21/1950 #9 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-48   53,192
10/28/1950 #14 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 7-7   59,412
11/04/1950 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-13   60,321
11/11/1950 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0-27   47,461
11/18/1950 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-14   46,389
11/25/1950 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 0-14   45,000
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 195 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 197–198 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 167–169 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 179 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 197 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160 
  8. ^ a b c Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 182 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 181 
  10. ^ a b c Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 167 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 198 
  12. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 168