1918 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1918 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918 record 5–2–1 (2–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams (19th season)
Captain Norman Kingsley
Home stadium Northrop Field
Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 2 0 0     5 0 0
Illinois + 4 0 0     5 2 0
Purdue + 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1918 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Minnesota in the 1918 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 19th year under head coach Henry L. Williams, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–2–1 record (2–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 133 to 39.[1]

The 1918 team ended up in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.[2] The conference had to suspend its normal eligibility requirements due to the large number of students who had entered the military.[3]

Fullback Norman Kingsley received first-team All-Big Ten honors.[4][5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 5 All-Stars* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN T 0–0   15,000
October 19 Overland Aviation Station* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 30–0   5,000
October 26 at St. Thomas (MN)* St. Paul, MN W 25–7   500
November 2 CarletonSt. Olaf* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 59–6   1,500
November 9 at Iowa Iowa FieldIowa City, IA (Rivalry) L 0–6   5,000
November 16 Wisconsin Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 6–0   8,000
November 23 Municipal Pier* Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN L 6–20   5,000
November 30 at Chicago Marshall FieldChicago, IL W 7–0   3,000
*Non-conference game.

Game summaries[edit]

On October 5, 1918, Minnesota's S.A.T.C. football team played a scoreless tie against Minnesota Consolidated, an all-star team organized by Sigmund Harris, before a crowd of 1,500 in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Tribune wrote that the game proved to be "more or less of a good scrimmage" and "a tame affair with 'pep and punch' lacking on both sides."[6] Minnesota had originally been scheduled to play South Dakota, but was forced to reschedule against the collection of all stars.[7]

On October 19, 1918, Minnesota, playing as an S.A.T.C. unit, defeated the Overland Aviation mechanics, 30–0, at Northrop Field in Minneapolis. The game was attended by 5,000 persons limited to soldiers from the Overland building and students enrolled in S.A.T.C. Minnesota scored five touchdowns but missed all five attempts at goal after touchdown. The Overland team was led by halfback Fred Chicken.[8]

On October 26, 1918, the Minnesota S.A.T.C. football team defeated St. Thomas, 25–7, in a practice game in St. Paul, Minnesota. The game was played on a snow-covered field and in ankle deep mud.[9]

On November 2, 1918, Minnesota's S.A.T.C. team defeated the Carleton-St. Olaf team, 59–6, before a crowd of 1,500 persons at Lexington Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota captain Norman Kingsley returned the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards and scored two touchdowns. Fullback Gus Ekberg also scored two touchdowns.[10]

On November 9, 1918, Iowa defeated the Minnesota S.A.T.C. team, 6–0, in Iowa City. The victory was Iowa's first in the Iowa–Minnesota football rivalry, having lost 12 consecutive games dating back to 1891. Iowa's touchdown was scored in the third quarter after fullback Fred Lohman threw a pass from his own 23-yard line that was caught by William Donnelly and taken to Minnesota's four-yard line. Lohman scored the winning touchdown three plays later.[11]

On November 16, 1918, Minnesota defeated Wisconsin, 6–0, before a crowd of 8,000 at Northrop Field in Minneapolis. At the end of the first quarter, 30 soldiers from the Fort Snelling hospital, all of whom had been injured in the war in France, some with missing limbs, came "limping and stumping" into the stands as the crowd stood, cheered, and applauded. Gus Ekberg scored the game's only touchdown.[12]

On November 23, 1918, Minnesota lost to the United States Naval Reserve School from Chicago's Municipal Pier by a 20 to 6 score.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1918 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). pp. 197www. 
  3. ^ General Alumni. History. p. 153. 
  4. ^ Walter Eckersall (December 8, 1918). "Eckersall Picks "All Star" Eleven of the Big Ten". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-4 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2007. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-933060-49-1. 
  6. ^ "All Stars Hold Gophers To Scoreless Tie in First Game of Year: S.A.T.C. Line Shows Strength in Opener". The Minneapolis Tribune. October 6, 1918. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "To Open Season Today: Eight of First Big Ten Play First Games Today". The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel. October 5, 1918. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Gophers Win First Practice Game From Overland Team, 30 to 0: Mechanics Unable to Dent Gopher Defense". The Minneapolis Tribune. October 20, 1918. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Minnesota's "Mud Horses" Defeat St. Thomas Football Team, 25 to 7: Miners Leads Gophers to Victory". The Minneapolis Tribune. October 27, 1918. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Charles Johnson (November 3, 1918). "Minnesota Humbles Carleton-St. Olaf Team by One-Sided Score, 59 to 6: Kingsley's 85-Yard Run Features Easy Victory for Gophers". The Minneapolis Tribune. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Charles Johnson (November 10, 1918). "Minnesota Bumps Into a Disagreeable Surprise Party at Iowa City: Gophers Licked by Hawkeyes, 6–0, Through Old Pass Hoodoo". The Minneapolis Tribune. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ Fred R. Coburn (November 17, 1918). "Gopher Fighting Forces Mop Up Wisconsin Rivals, 6 to 0, on Wet Gridiron: Wounded Veterans of the War Stir Crowd". The Minneapolis Tribune. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "Crumbled Under Resistless Power, Minnesota Loses to Pier Eleven". The Minneapolis Tribune. November 24, 1918. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read