Minnesota Golden Gophers football under Jim Wacker

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were coached by Jim Wacker for five seasons, from 1992 to 1996.[1] In those five seasons, the Golden Gophers had 16 wins and 39 losses.[1] In the Big Ten, they won eight games and lost 32.[2] Two players were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Eight players were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] One player was named Academic All-American first team.[4] Four players were named Academic All-American second team.[4] Fifty-six players were named Academic All-Big Ten under Wacker.[4]

1992[edit]

1992 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1992 record 2–9 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »
1992 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan 6 0 2     9 0 3
#18/18 Ohio State 5 2 1     8 3 1
Michigan State 5 3 0     5 6 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 4 0     5 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 3 5 0     3 8 0
Minnesota 2 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1992 season was the Golden Gophers' first season under head coach Jim Wacker.[5] The Golden Gophers only won two games, but nearly defeated the number 11 ranked team in the AP Poll, the Colorado Buffaloes. Total attendance for the season was 227,446, which averaged out to 37,908 per game.[6] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[6]

Offensive lineman Keith Ballard, defensive lineman Dennis Cappella and punter Dean Kaufman were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive back Justin Conzemius, wide receiver Omar Douglas, defensive lineman Shawn Ehrich, offensive lineman Chris Fowlkes, linebacker Peter Hiestand, defensive back Dan LiSanti, defensive back Jeff Rosga and linebacker Lance Wolkow were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Keith Ballard was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[7] Running back Antonio Carter was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[7] Dennis Cappella was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[7] Wide receiver Jon Lewis was winner of the Bobby Bell Award.[7] Linebacker Russ Heath was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[7] Running back Ken McClintock was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 7:00 PM San José State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 30–39   36,912
September 19 6:00 PM #11 Colorado* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20–21   33,719
September 26 11:00 AM at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 33–41   31,129
October 3 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 18–17   32,112
October 10 1:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 20–24   30,635
October 17 6:00 PM Michigan Statedagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 15–20   35,594
October 24 12:00 PM at #3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 13–63   106,579
October 31 6:00 PM Indiana Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 17–24   31,741
November 7 12:30 PM at #22 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0–17   91,764
November 14 1:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) L 6–34   48,754
November 21 6:00 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) W 28–13   57,368
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1993[edit]

1993 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1993 record 4–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1992 1994 »
1993 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/5 Wisconsin § 6 1 1     10 1 1
#11/10 Ohio State § 6 1 1     10 1 1
#8/7 Penn State 6 2 0     10 2 0
Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
#21/19 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 0 8 0     2 9 0
Purdue 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1993 season was the Golden Gophers' second season under head coach Jim Wacker.[5] The Golden Gophers won four games, highlighted by a win over #15 ranked Wisconsin.[5] The total home attendance for the season was 239,973, which averaged to 39,995 per game.[6] The season attendance high was against Wisconsin, with 64,798 in attendance.[6]

Offensive Guard Rob Rogers and wide receiver Omar Douglas were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive back Justin Conzemius, wide receiver Omar Douglas and linebacker Jeff Rosga were all named second team Academic All-Americans.[4] Kicker Mike Chalberg, defensive back Justin Conzemius, wide receiver Omar Douglas, offensive lineman Chris Fowlkes, linebacker Peter Hiestand, offensive lineman Todd Jesewitz, linebacker Ben Langford, defensive back Jeff Rosga, linebacker Craig Sauer, tight end Mark Tangen and linebacker Lance Wolkow were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Omar Douglas was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award, Bruce Smith Award and Butch Nash Award.[7] Linebacker Andrew Veit was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[7] Long snapper Scott Williams was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[7] Running back Antonio Carter was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 12:00 PM at #17 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA MSC L 20–38   95,387
September 11 6:00 PM Indiana State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 27–10   30,719
September 18 7:00 PM Kansas State* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 25–30   36,245
September 25 8:00 PM at San Diego State* Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA KMSP L 17–48   41,487
October 2 7:00 PM Indiana Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 19–23   33,315
October 9 6:00 PM Purdue Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 59–56   31,293
October 16 1:00 PM at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 28–26   27,814
October 23 6:00 PM #15 Wisconsindagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 28–21   64,798
November 6 11:30 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN L 20–23   50,192
November 13 11:30 AM Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 7–58   43,603
November 20 1:05 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) L 3–21   66,840
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


Game notes[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 0 14 7 21
Minnesota 7 14 0 7 28

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1994[edit]

1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1994 record 3–8 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1993 1995 »
1994 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Penn State 8 0 0     12 0 0
#14/9 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
#12/12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 4 0     7 4 0
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion

The 1994 season was the Golden Gophers' third season under head coach Jim Wacker.[5] The Gophers won three games and lost eight.[5] The total attendance for the season was 253,851, which averaged to 42,308 per game.[6] The season attendance high was against Iowa, with 53,340 in attendance.[6]

Defensive tackle Ed Hawthorne and linebacker Broderick Hall were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Kicker Mike Chalberg was named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive back Justin Conzemius was named first team Academic All-American.[4] Kicker Mike Chalberg, defensive back Justin Conzemius, offensive lineman Chris Fowlkes, offensive lineman Luke Glime, linebacker Luke Hiestand, offensive lineman Todd Jesewitz, linebacker Ben Langford, wide receiver Tony Levine, defensive back Dan LiSanti, linebacker Craig Sauer, quarterback Cory Sauter and linebacker Chris Smith were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Chris Darkins was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[7] Craig Sauer was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[7] Free safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[7] Justin Conzemius was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[7] Ed Hawthorne was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM #9 Penn State Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 3–56   51,134
September 10 7:00 PM Pacific* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 33–7   37,719
September 17 6:00 PM San Diego State* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 40–17   32,212
September 24 1:10 PM at Kansas State* KSU StadiumManhattan, KS MSC L 0–35   40,002
October 1 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 14–25   38,195
October 8 1:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 37–49   33,158
October 15 6:00 PM Northwesterndagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 31–37   44,377
October 22 1:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 17–14   77,745
November 5 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 17–21   35,069
November 12 12:00 PM at #19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 22–38   105,624
November 19 6:00 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) L 42–49   53,340
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1995[edit]

1995 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1995 record 3–8 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »
1995 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Northwestern 8 0 0     10 2 0
#6/8 Ohio State 7 1 0     11 2 0
#13/12 Penn State 5 3 0     9 3 0
#17/19 Michigan 5 3 0     9 4 0
Michigan State 4 3 1     6 5 1
#25/22 Iowa 4 4 0     8 4 0
Illinois 3 4 1     5 5 1
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 5 2
Purdue 2 5 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1995 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth season under head coach Jim Wacker.[5] The Golden Gophers won three games and lost eight.[5] Total home attendance for the season was 291,173, which averaged out to 48,529 per game.[6] The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.[6]

Offensive guard Todd Jesewitz and linebacker Broderick Hall (American football) were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive back Justin Conzemius was named Academic All-American second team.[4] Kicker Mike Chalberg, defensive back Justin Conzemius, defensive tackle Troy Duerr, offensive lineman Chris Fowlkes, linebacker Peter Hiestand, offensive lineman Todd Jesewitz, quarterback Rob Jones, wide receiver Tony Levine, defensive tackle Antoine Richard, linebacker Craig Sauer, quarterback Cory Sauter, linebacker Jim Tallman, defensive end Dave Watson, linebacker Parc Williams and long snapper Scott Williams were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Craig Sauer was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Carl Eller Award.[7] Cory Sauter was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[7] Mike Chalberg was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[7] Justin Conzemius was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[7] Running back Chris Darkins was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 6:00 PM Ball State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN MSC W 31–7   48,420
September 23 11:00 AM at Syracuse* Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY Creative L 17–27   42,780
September 30 6:00 PM Arkansas State* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC W 55–7   42,472
October 7 6:00 PM Purdue Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 39–38   39,343
October 14 6:00 PM Northwesterndagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC L 17–27   50,504
October 21 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 31–34   70,123
October 28 2:30 PM at #9 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) ABC L 17–52   104,929
November 4 6:00 PM #4 Ohio State Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 L 21–49   46,418
November 11 6:00 PM Wisconsin Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN2 L 27–34   64,016
November 18 1:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 14-48   45,521
November 25 1:05 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) L 3–45   65,794
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


1996[edit]

1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1996 record 4–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker
Defensive coordinator Tim Rose
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth and final season under head coach Jim Wacker.[9] The Golden Gophers won four games, notably defeating 23rd ranked Syracuse.[9] Total attendance for the season was 261,113, which averaged out to 43,519 per game.[6] The season high for attendance was again rival Iowa.[6]

Linebacker Luke Braaten, offensive tackle James Elizondo, offensive guard Pat Hau, quarterback Rob Jones, long snapper Derek Rackley, cornerback Fred Rodgers, quarterback Cory Sauter, linebacker Jim Tallman, linebacker Parc Williams and quarterback Spergon Wynn were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Wide receiver Ryan Thelwell and offensive tackle Gann Brooks were awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[7] Wide receiver Tutu Atwell was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[7] Parc Williams was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[7] Free Safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[7] Cory Sauter was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[7] Defensive tackle Jerome Davis was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM at NE Louisiana* Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 30–3   24,842
September 14 7:00 PM Ball State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 26–23   41,007
September 21 7:30 PM #23 Syracuse* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 35–33   45,756
October 5 11:20 AM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN+ L 27–30   39,343
October 12 11:30 AM at #15 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 24–26   35,848
October 19 3:00 PM Michigan Statedagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 9–27   45,434
October 26 6:00 PM #10 Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN2 L 10–44   41,246
November 2 11:30 AM at #2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 L 0–45   93,588
November 9 11:20 AM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN+ L 28–45   78,006
November 16 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC W 23–21   34,321
November 23 7:30 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 L 24–43   53,349
*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. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 201–202 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 180 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 182 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 201 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 160 
  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 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 181 
  8. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 24.
  9. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, p. 202