1895 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1895 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Independent
1895 record 7–3
Head coach Pudge Heffelfinger (1st year)
« 1894 1896 »

The 1895 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1895 college football season. It was the only season under head coach 'Pudge' Heffelfinger.

On January 11, 1895, the Presidents of several schools met in a preliminary meeting and formed a group which would become the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, known today as the Big Ten Conference.[1]:14

As a result of this emerging conference, this season would be Minnesota's last season as an Independent. Minnesota won its first ever match with Chicago with a last minute touchdown to win a very close, physical game by a score of 10-6.[2]:26 Financially, the team rebounded from some lean years. They "secured a large subscription from the business men of the city, the attendance at all of the games was good, and at the close of the season there was a large surplus in the treasury."[2]:26


Date Opponent Site Result
09/29/1895 at Minneapolis Central High School Minneapolis, MN W 20–0  
10/05/1895 Grinnell Minneapolis, MN L 4–6  
10/12/1895 at Boat Club W 6–0  
10/19/1895 Iowa State Minneapolis, MN W 24–0  
10/25/1895 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 10–6  
10/29/1895 at Purdue West Lafayette, IN L 4–16  
11/02/1895 at Macalester St. Paul, MN W 40–0  
11/16/1895 Wisconsin Minneapolis, MN W 14–10  
11/23/1895 at Michigan Detroit, MI L 0–20  
11/28/1895 Ex-Collegiates Minneapolis, MN W 14–0  


  • Ends, John M. Harrison (left end); Thomas M. Kehoe (right end)
  • Tackles, John S. Dalrymple (left tackle); Willis J. Walker (right tackle)
  • Guards, Augustus T. Larson (captain and left guard); George A.E. Finlayson (right guard)
  • Center, James C. Fulton
  • Quarterback, Charles E. Adams
  • Halfbacks, George T. Pettibone (left halfback); Henry C. Loomis (right halfback)
  • Fullback, H.A. Parkyn
  • Substitutes, Clinton L. Walker, Martin Teigen, Ivan A. Parry, Stanley H. Bissell, John B. Loomis, H.B. Gilbert
  • Trainer, Edward "Dad" Moulton
  • Coach, 'Pudge' Heffelfinger[2]:48


  1. ^ Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Department of the University of Minnesota (1981). Ralph Turtinen, ed. 100 Years of Golden Gopher Football. John Roberts. 
  2. ^ a b c The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell, ed. The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota.