Minnesota Golden Gophers football under John Gutekunst

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was led for six full seasons from 1986 to 1991 by John Gutekunst.[1] Coach Gutekunst also coached the Golden Gophers in the 1985 Independence Bowl.[2] The team had a 29–36–2 overall record.[1] In the Big Ten they had a record of 18–28–2.[3] Darrell Thompson was named Big Ten freshman of the year.[4] Seven players were named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Seventeen players were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel was named Academic All-American first team.[5] Twenty-two players were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

1985[edit]

1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Independence Bowl Champions
Independence Bowl, W 20–13 vs. Clemson
Conference Big Ten
1985 record 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/9 Iowa 7 1 0     10 2 0
#2/2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
#14/11 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

When former Minnesota head coach Lou Holtz left the Golden Gophers to coach at Notre Dame, assistant John Gutekunst was tapped to coach the Golden Gophers in the 1985 Independence Bowl.[2] Attendance was 42,845.[6]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was named offensive player of the game, while linebacker Bruce Holmes was named defensive player of the game.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
December 21 vs. Clemson* Independence StadiumShreveport, LA W 20–13   42,845
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1986[edit]

1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Liberty Bowl, L 21–28 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big Ten
1986 record 6–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Michigan § 7 1 0     11 2 0
#7/6 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 3 0
#16/15 Iowa 5 3 0     9 3 0
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     3 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1986 season was the Golden Gophers' first season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and went to a second straight bowl game for the second time in school history (the first being the 1961 and 1962 Rose Bowls).[7] Total attendance for the season was 335,150, which averaged out to 55,858 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[8]

Freshman tailback Darrell Thompson was named the Big Ten's freshman of the year.[4] Thompson and kicker Chip Lohmiller were named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Center Ray Hitchcock, Safety Larry Joyner and offensive linemen Jim Hobbins and Troy Wolkow were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Jim Hobbins were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[9] Linebacker Mark Dusbabek was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Offensive tackle Anthony Burke was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Offensive tackle Norries Wilson was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 7:00 PM Bowling Green* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 31–7   51,317
September 20 1:30 PM at #1 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 0–63   75,463
September 27 7:00 PM Pacific* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20–24   50,270
October 4 1:10 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 36–9   55,177
October 11 7:00 PM Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 44–23   55,177
October 18 11:30 AM Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 19–17   52,960
October 25 11:50 AM at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS L 0–33   89,936
November 1 7:00 PM Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 23–52   57,408
November 8 1:05 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 27–20   65,018
November 15 12:00 PM at #2 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) CBS W 20–17   104,864
November 22 6:00 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) WTBS L 27–30   65,018
December 29 7:00 PM vs. Tennessee* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) Raycom L 14–21   51,327
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1987[edit]

1987 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1987 record 6–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/8 Michigan State 7 0 1     9 2 1
#16/16 Iowa 6 2 0     10 3 0
#NR/20 Indiana 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/18 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 4 4 0     6 4 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 1
Illinois 2 5 1     3 7 1
Northwestern 2 6 0     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1987 season was the Golden Gophers' second season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 371,809, which averaged out to 55,116 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[8]

Offensive guard Troy Wilkow was named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, quarterback Rickey Foggie, tailback Darrell Thompson, kicker Chip Lohmiller and linebacker Jon Leverenz were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Dan Liimatta were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Rickey Foggie was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[9] Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Jon Leverenz was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Linebacker Brian Bonner was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Offensive tackle Dan Rechtin was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 7:00 PM Northern Iowa* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN KITN W 24–7   50,120
September 19 6:15 PM California* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN KITN W 32–23   47,322
September 26 7:00 PM Central Michigan* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 30–10   46,868
October 3 1:00 PM Purdue Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 21–19   49,376
October 10 11:30 AM at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 45–33   22,104
October 16 7:30 PM Indianadagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 17–18   60,340
October 24 2:30 PM at #16 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 9–42   89,801
October 31 1:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 17–27   60,143
November 7 2:30 PM Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ABC L 20–30   55,481
November 14 7:00 PM Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 22–19   64,412
November 21 1:05 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) L 20–34   67,700
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1988[edit]

1988 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1988 record 2–7–2 (0–6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 season was the Golden Gophers' third season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won two games, lost seven and tied two.[3] Total attendance for the season was 312,596, which averaged out to 44,657 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[8] The tie against Illinois was the last tie for the Golden Gophers and under current NCAA rules, it will be the last in Golden Gophers history.

Punter Brent Herbel was named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Brent Liimatta were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Wide receiver Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[9] Split end Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Chris Gaiters was selected as a 3rd team All-American.[9] Strong safety Joel Brown was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Brent Herbel was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Defensive tackle Ross Ukkelberg was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Center Pat Hart was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 7:00 PM Washington State* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 9–41   40,011
September 17 7:00 PM Miami (OH)* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35–3   39,343
September 24 7:00 PM Northern Illinois* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31–20   40,007
October 1 1:30 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 10–14   61,805
October 8 7:00 PM Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN Raycom T 28–28   44,566
October 15 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 13–33   51,154
October 22 7:00 PM Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN Raycom L 6–13   44,221
October 29 7:00 PM Illinois Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN T 27–27   40,554
November 5 2:30 PM at #14 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) ABC L 7–22   102,171
November 12 1:05 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) L 7–14   40,467
November 19 7:00 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) Raycom L 22–31   63,894
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1989[edit]

1989 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1989 record 6–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#10/10 Illinois 7 1 0     10 2 0
#16/16 Michigan State 6 2 0     8 4 0
#24/NR Ohio State 6 2 0     8 4 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 1 7 0     2 9 0
Northwestern 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1989 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 237,552, which averaged out to 39,592 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the Nebraska.[8]

Kicker Brent Berglund, offensive lineman Dan Liimata, tailback Darrell Thompson and defensive tackle Mike Sunvold were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel was named Academic All-American.[5] Running back Pat Cummings, punter Brent Herbel, offensive lineman Dan Liimatta, offensive lineman Jon Melander, quarterback Scott Schaffner and linebacker Joel Staats were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[9] Linebacker Eddie Miles was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Brent Berglund was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Dan Liimatta was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Jon Melander was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 1:00 PM at Iowa State* Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA W 30–20   45,410
September 23 5:00 PM #3 Nebraska* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 0–48   58,368
September 30 1:30 PM Indiana State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 34–14   34,280
October 7 1:30 PM Purduedagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35–15   36,621
October 14 1:00 PM at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 20–18   26,849
October 21 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 18–28   51,069
October 28 2:30 PM Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ABC L 37–41   33,945
November 4 1:30 PM Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 24–22   39,325
November 11 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 7–21   73,259
November 18 11:30 AM Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 15–49   35,013
November 25 1:05 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) W 43–7   67,700
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1990[edit]

1990 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1990 record 6–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#16/14 Michigan State § 6 2 0     8 3 1
#25/24 Illinois § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#18/16 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 5 2 1     7 4 1
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 4 1     6 5 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     2 9 0
Purdue 1 7 0     2 9 0
Wisconsin 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1990 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 243,511, which averaged out to 40,585 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the Iowa.[8]

Center Chris Thome was named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Offensive tackle Mike Sunvold and defensive back Sean Lumpkin were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Quarterback Scott Schaffner and linebacker Joel Staats were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Mike Sunvold was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Carl Eller Award.[9] Quarterback Marquel Fleetwood was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Cornerback Kenneth Sebree was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Cornerback Frank Jackson was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Running back Jim King was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 7:00 PM Utah* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 29–35   32,229
September 15 1:30 PM Iowa State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 20–16   37,108
September 22 1:30 PM at #8 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0–56   76,354
October 6 1:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 19–7   34,123
October 13 1:30 PM Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35–25   32,522
October 20 1:30 PM Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 12–0   38,227
October 27 12:30 PM at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 23–52   83,945
November 3 1:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 21–3   51,189
November 10 1:30 PM #24 Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 16–28   38,731
November 17 12:00 PM at #16 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 18–35   102,112
November 24 1:30 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) W 31–24   64,694
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1991[edit]

1991 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1991 record 2–9 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#10/10 Iowa 7 1 0     10 1 1
Ohio State 5 3 0     8 4 0
Indiana 5 3 0     7 4 1
Illinois 4 4 0     6 6 0
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Minnesota 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1991 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth and final season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won two games and lost nine.[3] Total attendance for the season was 218,219, which averaged out to 36,369 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the San José State.[8]

Offensive linemen Chip Brixius, defensive back Chris Cohen, wide receiver Omar Douglas, linebacker Dan LiSanti, running back Ken McClintock, defensive back Jeff Rosga and linebacker Lance Wolkow were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Defensive back Sean Lumpkin was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Carl Eller Award.[9] Tight end Patt Evans was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Ken McClintock was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Linebacker Joel Staats was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Quarterback Scott Schaffner was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 7:00 PM San José State* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 26–20   47,914
September 21 1:00 PM at #19 Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, CO L 0–58   52,147
September 28 2:30 PM #18 Pittsburgh* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ABC L 13–14   39,511
October 5 11:30 AM at #22 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN L 3–24   57,981
October 12 1:30 PM Purduedagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 6–3   31,939
October 19 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 12–20   75,097
October 25 7:00 PM #4 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) L 6–52   32,577
November 2 12:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 8–34   44,095
November 9 11:30 AM #19 Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 6–35   30,145
November 16 1:30 PM Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) L 16–19   36,133
November 23 1:05 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) L 8–23   69,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 195 
  2. ^ a b Bio: John Gutekunst, 2007, retrieved November 19, 2007 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 201 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 180. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 182. 
  6. ^ a b Year-by-Year Results, 2007, retrieved November 25, 2007 
  7. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 190. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide". p. 160. 
  9. ^ 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. 181.