Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Cal Stoll

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were head coached by Cal Stoll for seven seasons from 1972 to 1978.[1] In those seven seasons, the Golden Gophers had 39 wins and 39 losses.[1] In the Big Ten, they won 27 games and lost 29.[2] Eleven players were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Sixteen players were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Twelve players were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

1972[edit]

1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1972 record 4-7 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#9/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1972 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won four games and lost seven.[2] Total attendance for the season was 221,553, which averaged to 36,925.[5] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[2]

Fullback John King was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Defensive back Tim Alderson was named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Doug Kingsriter was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

John King was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/16/1972 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 23-27   35,783
09/23/1972 #3 Colorado* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 6-38   42,703
09/30/1972 at #7 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-49   76,217
10/07/1972 Kansas* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 28-34   31,595
10/14/1972 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3-28   37,287
10/21/1972 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 43-14   44,196
10/28/1972 at #5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-42   84,190
11/04/1972 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 19-27   86,439
11/11/1972 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-29   32,771
11/18/1972 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-10   33,001
11/25/1972 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 14-6   60,746
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1973[edit]

1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1973 record 7-4 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »
1973 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1973 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost four.[2] Total attendance for the season was 245,706, which averaged to 40,951.[5] The season high for attendance was against Nebraska.[2]

Ends Steve Neils and Keith Fahnhorst were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Linebacker Darrell Bunge and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive lineman Jeff Gunderson was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Steve Neils and offensive tackle Matt Herkenhoff were awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/15/1973 at #3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 7-56   86,005
09/22/1973 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 41-14   35,477
09/29/1973 at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 19-34   30,205
10/06/1973 #2 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-48   56,782
10/13/1973 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-3   37,710
10/20/1973 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31-23   55,137
10/27/1973 #4 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-34   44,435
11/03/1973 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52-43   30,081
11/10/1973 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-7   36,890
11/17/1973 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 19-16   34,438
11/24/1973 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   34,412
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Minnesota 6 16 2 7 31
Iowa 14 3 6 0 23


Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 14 21 10 52
Northwestern 7 7 14 15 43

[7]


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 7 0 7
Minnesota 17 10 0 7 34

[8]


1974[edit]

1974 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1974 record 4-7 (2-6 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1973 1975 »
1974 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1974 season was the Golden Gophers' third under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won four games and lost seven.[2] Total attendance for the season was 225,127, which averaged to 37,521.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2]

Tackle Keith Simons was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Linebacker Ollie Bakken and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team.[3]

Ollie Bakken was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/14/1974 #4 Ohio State Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 19-34   45,511
09/21/1974 North Dakota* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 42-30   34,870
09/28/1974 TCU* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 9-7   32,822
10/05/1974 at #6 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-54   76,408
10/12/1974 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 3-34   34,102
10/19/1974 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 23-17   48,579
10/26/1974 at #3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-49   96,284
11/02/1974 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 13-21   32,922
11/09/1974 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 24-20   51,374
11/16/1974 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-17   31,423
11/23/1974 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 14-49   55,869
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1975[edit]

1975 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1975 record 6-5 (3-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1974 1976 »
1975 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#8/8 Michigan 7 1 0     8 2 2
Michigan State 4 4 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Iowa 3 5 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 6 1     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1975 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 220,081, which averaged to 31,440.[5] The season high for attendance was against Michigan State.[2]

Quarterback Tony Dungy and safety Doug Beaudoin were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Dungy was also named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Tony Dungy was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/13/1975 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 14-20   35,594
09/20/1975 Western Michigan* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-0   23,326
09/27/1975 Oregon* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 10-7   34,300
10/04/1975 Ohio* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-0   27,486
10/11/1975 at Illini Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 23-42   46,162
10/18/1975 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 15-38   39,202
10/25/1975 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31-7   59,160
11/01/1975 #7 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 21-28   33,191
11/08/1975 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-9   24,998
11/15/1975 at #1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 6-38   87,817
11/22/1975 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-3   37,578
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 7 7 10 31
Iowa 7 0 0 0 7

[9]


1976[edit]

1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1976 record 6-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1975 1977 »
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#6/5 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1976 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 257,878, which averaged to 42,979.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2]

Strong safety George Adzick was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Quarterback Tony Dungy, wide receiver Ron Kullas and defensive lineman George Washington were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Dungy, offensive lineman Brien Harvey, fullback Kent Kitzmann and cornerback Bob Weber were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Tony Dungy was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/11/1976 Indiana Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 32-13   34,004
09/18/1976 Washington State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 28-14   31,627
09/25/1976 Western Michigan* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-10   33,229
10/02/1976 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 7-38   37,994
10/09/1976 Illini Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 29-14   52,606
10/16/1976 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 14-10   56,166
10/23/1976 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-22   53,222
10/30/1976 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-45   104,426
11/06/1976 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-10   15,183
11/13/1976 #8 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3-9   53,190
11/20/1976 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 17-26   60,304
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1977[edit]

1977 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1977 record 7-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/8 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11/12 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1977 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 247,118, which averaged to 35,302.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[2]

Kicker Paul Rogind and defensive tackle Steve Midboe were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Defensive tackle Mark Merrill, center Mark Slater and defensive back Bobby Weber were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Dennis Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bryson Hollimon, defensive lineman Stan Sytsma and corner back Bob Weber were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Steve Midboe was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/10/1977 Western Michigan* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 10-7   29,619
09/17/1977 at #6 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 7-38   87,799
09/24/1977 UCLA* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-13   41,076
10/01/1977 Washington* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   31,895
10/08/1977 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 6-18   57,460
10/15/1977 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   39,021
10/22/1977 #1 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-0   44,165
10/29/1977 at Indiana #19 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 22-34   30,399
11/05/1977 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10-29   30,600
11/12/1977 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 21-0   37,689
11/19/1977 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   30,742
12/22/1977 vs. Maryland Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 7-17   47,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota 10 3 0 3 16

[10]


1978[edit]

1978 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1978 record 5-6 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost six.[2] Total attendance for the season was 238,072, which averaged to 39,678.[5] The season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[2]

Tailback Marion Barber Jr., kicker Paul Rogind and defensive back Keith Brown and defensive end Stan Sytsma were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Nose Guard Doug Friberg and defensive tackle Jim Ronan were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Sytsma was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Marion Barber Jr. was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/16/1978 Toledo* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-12   31,223
09/23/1978 #16 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10-27   55,200
09/30/1978 at UCLA* Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 3-17   40,369
10/07/1978 Oregon State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-17   35,083
10/14/1978 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 22-20   51,381
10/21/1978 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-14   16,452
10/28/1978 at #8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 10-42   105,308
11/04/1978 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 32-31   39,797
11/11/1978 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 9-33   72,122
11/18/1978 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-6   25,388
11/25/1978 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 10-48   61,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


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 l m n o p q r s t u v Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 200 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 182 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 181 
  7. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 4.
  8. ^ "Gophers Shock Purdue." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 11.
  9. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 26.
  10. ^ "No. 1 Michigan Shut Out by Gophers." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 23.