1897 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1897 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Western Conference
1897 record 4–4 (0–3 Western)
Head coach Alexander Jerrems (2nd year)
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 3 0 0     9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0     6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0     6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0     4 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1897 Western Conference football season. The 1897 season was the second and final season under head coach Alexander Jerrems. The season started out well, but the team lost its last four games including all three of its conference games. The Ariel reported that there was a general opinion that the team's difficulties were the result of poor management.[1]:26 Coach Jerrems was not asked to return and changes were made to the rules governing athletics at the University - managers would no longer be chosen by the students.[1]:26

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 25 South High School* Minneapolis, MN W 22–0    
October 2 at Macalester* St. Paul, MN W 26–0    
October 9 Carleton* Minneapolis, MN W 48–6    
October 16 Grinnell* Minneapolis, MN W 6–0    
October 23 at Iowa State* Ames, IA L 10–12    
October 30 Wisconsin Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) L 0–39    
November 13 vs. Michigan Detroit Athletic Club Field • Detroit, MI (Rivalry) L 0–14   1,500+
November 25 at Purdue West Lafayette, IN L 0–6    
*Non-conference game.

Roster[edit]

  • Ends, John M. Harrison (captain and left end), C.R. Shipley (right end)
  • Tackles, George A.E. Finlayson (left tackle), Claude Nicoulin (right tackle)
  • Guard, A.M. Smith (left guard), A.K. Ingalls (right guard)
  • Center, J.C. Winkjer
  • Quarterback, George E. Cole
  • Halfbacks, G.W. Evans (left half), S.W. Bagley (right half)
  • Fullback, Harry C. Loomis
  • Trainer, Edward "Dad" Moulton
  • Coach, Alexander Jerrems.[1]:60

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.