Minnesota Golden Gophers football under George Hauser

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were coached by George Hauser for three seasons from 1942 to 1944.[1] In those three seasons, the Gophers won 15 games, lost 11 and tied one.[1] In the Big Ten, they won eight games, lost eight and tied one.[2] Three players were awarded All-American status under Hauser.[3] Two players were named All-Big Ten first team under Hauser.[4]

1942[edit]

1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #19
1942 record 5-4 (3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Ohio State 5 1 0     9 1 0
#3 Wisconsin 4 1 0     8 1 1
#9 Michigan 3 2 0     7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0     6 4 0
#19 Minnesota 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0     7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1942 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach George Hauser.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost four.[2] Total attendance for the season was 231,307, which averaged to 38,551.[5] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[5]

Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Stern, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine.[3] Wildung was also named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Dick Wildung was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

The Gophers hosted the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight school at the University of Iowa. The Pre-Flight team was coached by Bernie Bierman,[7] who had coached the Golden Gophers to five national titles between 1934 and 1941, and resumed coaching the Golden Gophers in 1945.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/26/1942 Pittsburgh* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 50-7   22,000
10/03/1942 Iowa Seahawks* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-7   37,500
10/10/1942 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 13-20   24,276
10/17/1942 at #14 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 15-2   25,000
10/24/1942 #4 Michigan #13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-14   55,000
10/31/1942 Northwestern #10 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-7   37,000
11/07/1942 Indiana #7 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-7   32,000
11/14/1942 Iowa #16 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-7   33,000
11/21/1942 #7 Wisconsin #10 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-20   46,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1943[edit]

1943 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1943 record 5-4 (2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »
1943 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Purdue § 6 0 0     9 0 0
#3 Michigan § 6 0 0     8 1 0
#9 Northwestern 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana 2 3 1     4 4 2
Minnesota 2 3 0     5 4 0
Illinois 2 4 0     3 7 0
Ohio State 1 4 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 6 0     1 9 0
Iowa 0 4 1     1 6 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1943 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach George Hauser.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost four.[2] Total attendance for the season was 182,779, which averaged to 26,111.[5] The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[5]

Fullback Bill Daley and end Herb Hein were named All-Americans by the Associated Press. Daley was also named an All-American by Collier's/Grantland Rice.[3] Tackle Paul Mitchell was named All-Big Ten first team.[4]

Paul Mitchell was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/25/1943 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 26-13   30,000
10/02/1943 Nebraska* #9 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 54-0   34,000
10/16/1943 Camp Grant* #13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   35,000
10/23/1943 at #10 Michigan #11 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6-49   45,000
10/30/1943 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 6-42   32,000
11/06/1943 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-14   43,000
10/13/1943 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-14   20,000
11/20/1943 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 25-13   20,000
11/27/1943 Iowa Seahawks* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-32   18,261
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1944[edit]

1944 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1944 record 5-3-1 (3-2-1 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »
1944 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Ohio State 6 0 0     9 0 0
#8 Michigan 5 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 4 2 0     5 5 0
Minnesota 3 2 1     5 3 1
Indiana 4 3 0     7 3 0
#15 Illinois 3 3 0     5 4 1
Wisconsin 2 4 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 1     1 7 1
Iowa 0 6 0     1 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1944 season was the Golden Gophers' third and final under head coach George Hauser.[2] The Golden Gophers won four games, lost four and tied one.[2] Total attendance for the season was 179,979, which averaged to 29,997.[5] The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[5]

No players were awarded any major awards, All-American status or All-Big Ten status.[3][4][8]

Back John Lundquist was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/23/1944 Iowa Seahawks* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13-19   31,687
09/30/1944 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39-0   21,876
10/07/1944 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 13-28   37,256
10/14/1944 Missouri* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39-27   24,207
10/28/1944 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14-34   43,563
11/04/1944 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 14-14   46,482
10/11/1944 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-14   30,254
11/18/1944 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 46-0   11,200
11/25/1944 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 28-26   30,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 195 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 198 
  3. ^ a b c d Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 179 
  4. ^ a b c d Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160 
  6. ^ a b c Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 181 
  7. ^ Scott, John (1997), 1942 Iowa Seahawks, College Football Historical Society, p. 13 
  8. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 182