Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Joe Salem

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were coached by Joe Salem for five seasons from 1979 to 1983.[1] In those five season 19 wins, 35 losses and one tie.[1] In the Big Ten, they won 12 games, lost 32 and tied one.[2] Six players were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Thirteen players were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Fourteen players were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

1979[edit]

1979 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1979 record 4-6-1 (3-5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem
Captain DT Alan Blanshan
Captain TE Glenn Bourquin
Captain QB Mark Carlson
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Joe Salem.[5] The Golden Gophers won four games, lost six and tied one game.[5] Total attendance for the season was 241,942, which averaged to 40,323.[6] The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[6]

Split End Elmer Bailey was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Defensive lineman Alan Blanshan and offensive lineman Bill Humphries were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Quarterback Mark Carlson was awarded the Team MVP Award.[7] Elmer Bailey was awarded the Offensive MVP Award.[7] Free safety Keith Edwards was awarded the Defensive MVP Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/08/1979 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 24-10   33,435
09/15/1979 #15 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 17-21   43,515
09/22/1979 at #1 Southern Cal* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 14-48   61,966
09/29/1979 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 38-8   33,998
10/06/1979 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 31-14   47,281
10/13/1979 at #11 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 21-31   104,677
10/20/1979 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 24-7   60,050
10/27/1979 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 17-17   46,449
11/03/1979 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 24-42   35,591
11/10/1979 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 17-31   75,131
11/17/1979 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 37-42   37,274
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1980[edit]

1980 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1980 record 5-6 (4-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem
Captain Marion Barber, Jr.
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#15/15 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
#17/16 Purdue 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 4 4 0     4 7 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1980 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach Joe Salem.[5] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost six.[5] Total attendance for the season was 265,105, which averaged to 44,184.[6] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[6]

Fullback Garry White, tailback Marion Barber Jr. and defensive end Jeff Schuh were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Offensive guard Ken Dallafoir, free safety Mike Robb, linebacker Jeff Schuh and defensive tackle Dana Noel were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive lineman Brent Harms, defensive lineman Fred Orgas and free safety Mike Robb were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Marion Barber Jr. was awarded the Team MVP Award.[7] Garry White was awarded the Offensive MVP Award.[7] Jeff Schuh was awarded the Defensive MVP Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/13/1980 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-14   35,114
09/20/1980 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0-47   87,916
09/27/1980 #5 Southern Cal* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-24   55,115
10/04/1980 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 49-21   17,747
10/11/1980 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 7-21   69,399
10/18/1980 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-37   56,297
10/25/1980 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-6   58,158
11/01/1980 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 21-18   51,202
11/08/1980 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 31-7   30,092
11/15/1980 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-30   30,329
11/22/1980 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 7-25   54,229
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1981[edit]

1981 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1981 record 6-5 (4-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15/12 Ohio State § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#18/15 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12/10 Michigan 6 3 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 6 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1981 season was the Golden Gophers' third under head coach Joe Salem.[8] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[8] Total attendance for the season was 301,248, which averaged to 43,035.[6] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[6] It was the final season in Memorial Stadium.[9]

Linebacker Jim Fahnhorst and offensive tackle Ken Dallafoir were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Flanker Chester Cooper, offensive lineman Bill Humphries, defensive end Karl Mecklenburg and defensive lineman Fred Orgas were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive lineman Brent Harms, Defensive lineman Fred Orgas, free safety Mike Robb and safety Rick Witthus were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Quarterback Mike Hohensee was awarded the Team MVP Award.[7] Chester Cooper was awarded the Offensive MVP Award.[7] Jim Fahnhorst was awarded the Defensive MVP Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/12/1981 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 19-17   40,086
09/19/1981 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-13   41,530
09/26/1981 Oregon State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 42-12   30,890
10/03/1981 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 29-38   63,814
10/10/1981 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-23   45,949
10/17/1981 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 16-17   46,460
10/24/1981 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 12-10   60,000
10/31/1981 #15 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 13-34   52,875
11/07/1981 #18 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-31   42,793
11/14/1981 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 36-43   56,571
11/21/1981 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 21-26   47,125
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game summaries[edit]

Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon St 3 0 2 7 12
Minnesota 6 20 9 7 42
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, Minnesota

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1982[edit]

1982 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1982 record 3-8 (1-8 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem
Home stadium H.H.H Metrodome
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »
1982 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#NR/15 Michigan 8 1 0     8 4 0
#12/12 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 6 2 0     8 4 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 5 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 1 8 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1982 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth under head coach Joe Salem.[8] The Golden Gophers won three games and lost eight.[8] Total attendance for the season was 413,200, which averaged to 59,028.[6] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[6] It was the first season in the H.H.H. Metrodome.[6]

Offensive lineman Randy Rasmussen, offensive lineman Bill Humphries and defensive end Karl Mecklenburg were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Mecklenburg, defensive lineman Fred Orgas and fullback Bob Stroup were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Quarterback Mike Hohensee was awarded the Team MVP Award.[7] Randy Rasmussen was awarded the Offensive MVP Award.[7] Karl Mecklenburg was awarded the Defensive MVP Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/11/1982 Ohio* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 57-3   56,168
09/18/1982 at Purdue Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 36-10   63,247
09/25/1982 Washington State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 41-11   50,653
10/02/1982 Illinois #19 Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 24-42   63,684
10/09/1982 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 21-31   20,875
10/16/1982 Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 21-40   61,865
10/23/1982 Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 16-21   63,872
10/30/1982 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 14-52   105,619
11/06/1982 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 10-35   87,666
11/13/1982 Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 7-26   57,146
11/20/1982 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 0-24   59,792
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1983[edit]

1983 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1983 record 1-10 (0-9 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/10 Illinois 9 0 0     10 2 0
#8/9 Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
#14/14 Iowa 7 2 0     9 3 0
#9/8 Ohio State 6 3 0     9 3 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 4 0
Purdue 3 5 1     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 1     4 6 1
Indiana 2 7 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1983 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth and final season under head coach Joe Salem.[8] The Golden Gophers won one game and lost ten.[8] Total attendance for the season was 243,674, which averaged to 48,734.[6] The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin,[6] although the game against Nebraska drew only two people less.[8]

Linebacker Peter Najarian was named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Najarian and split end Fred Hartwig were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Offensive Tackle Randy Rasmussen was awarded the Team MVP Award.[7] Tight end Jay Carroll was awarded the Offensive MVP Award.[7] Peter Najarian was awarded the Defensive MVP Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/10/1983 at Rice* Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 21-17   10,000
09/17/1983 #1 Nebraska* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 13-84   62,687
09/24/1983 Purdue Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20-32   41,839
10/01/1983 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 18-69   89.192
10/08/1983 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 31-38   41,111
10/15/1983 Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 17-56   62,689
10/22/1983 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 8-19   21,411
10/29/1983 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 10-34   76,481
11/05/1983 #6 Illinois Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 23-50   35,514
11/12/1983 #9 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 10-58   40,945
11/19/1983 at #11 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 10-61   66,160
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #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. 200–201 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 182 
  5. ^ a b c d Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 200 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 181 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 201 
  9. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 161 
  10. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1981 Sept 27.