1898 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1898 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1898 record 4–5 (1–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Jack Minds (1st year)
Captain Henry A. Scandrett
Seasons
« 1897 1899 »
1898 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan 3 0 0     10 0 0
Chicago 3 1 0     14 2 1
Wisconsin 2 1 0     9 1 0
Illinois 1 1 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 1 2 0     4 5 0
Purdue 0 1 0     3 3 0
Northwestern 0 4 0     9 4 1
† – Conference champion

The 1898 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1898 college football season. In their first and only season under head coach Jack Minds, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4-5 record (1-2 against Western Conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 92 to 73.[1]

The 1898 season for Minnesota was one of adversity, including bad weather and a mid-season injury to the team's captain.[2]:27 Coach Jack Minds was a fullback and kicker at the University of Pennsylvania.[3]:312

On Thanksgiving Day 1898, Minnesota and Illinois played a football game for the first time in the two programs' history. A big storm had come through the previous day, but John Pillsbury (the student manager) put together a crew and worked overnight using horse-drawn plows to clear the field. The game itself was delayed several times when the ball was lost in snow drifts on the side of the field[4]:21 and the temperature fell to about 10 below zero when the game was called at noon.[2]:27 Illinois won the game 11-10.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/01/1898 Carleton* Minneapolis, MN W 32–0  
10/05/1898 Alumni* Minneapolis, MN L 0–5  
10/08/1898 Rush* Minneapolis, MN W 12–0  
10/15/1898 Grinnell* Minneapolis, MN L 6–16  
10/22/1898 Iowa State* Minneapolis, MN L 0–6  
10/29/1898 at Wisconsin Madison, WI L 0–28  
11/05/1898 North Dakota* Minneapolis, MN W 15–0  
11/12/1898 Northwestern Minneapolis, MN W 17–6  
11/24/1898 Illinois Minneapolis, MN L 10–11  
*Non-conference game.

Roster[edit]

  • Ends, Henry A. Scandrett (captain and left end), von Schlegell (right end)
  • Tackles, Otte (left tackle), Nicoulin (right tackle)
  • Guards, Parry (left guard), Aune (right guard)
  • Center, Page
  • Quarterback, Kienholtz
  • Halfbacks Bernhagen (left halfback), Cameron (right halfback)
  • Fullback, Shepley
  • Trainer, John Wirtensohn
  • Coach, Jack Minds.[2]:64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1895-1899)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  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. 
  3. ^ University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics (2004). Jeff Keiser; Shane Sanderfeld, eds. Minnesota Football 2004 Media Guide. University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Communications. 
  4. ^ Rainbolt, Richard (1972). Gold Glory. Wayzata, Minnesota: Ralph Turtinen Publishing.