1921 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1921 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1921 record 3–4 (2–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Henry L. Williams (22nd season)
Captain Larry Teberg
Home stadium Northrop Field
Seasons
← 1920
1922 →
1921 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa $ 5 0 0     7 0 0
Chicago 4 1 0     6 1 0
Ohio State 4 1 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     5 1 1
Michigan 2 1 1     5 1 1
Indiana 1 2 0     3 4 0
Minnesota 2 4 0     3 4 0
Illinois 1 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1921 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1921 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 22nd and final year under head coach Henry L. Williams, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–4 record (2–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 141 to 60.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 1 North Dakota* Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MN W 19–0   8,000
October 8 Northwestern Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 28–0   15,000
October 15 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0–27   22,000
October 22 Indiana Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN W 6–0   20,000
October 29 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) L 0–35   24,000
November 5 Iowadagger Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) L 7–41   23,000
November 19 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 0–38   30,000–33,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 7: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 10 7 7 14 38
  • Date: November 19, 1921
  • Location: Ferry Field
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 30,000
  • Referee: Hackett (West Point)

In the final game of the 1921 season, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 38–0 score. The game was played at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before a crowd estimated at 33,000 spectators,[2] first in drizzling rain and then in cold weather.[3] Prior to the start of the game, a ceremony was held dedicating a bronze memorial tablet honoring four Michigan athletes who died in World War I.[4][5]

Michigan's quarterback Irwin Uteritz scored two touchdowns, including a 65-yard interception return that the Detroit Free Press called "the most thrilling achievement of the afternoon."[3] Michigan end Clark Dean added a field goal from the 50-yard line that the Free Press called "the longest of the season, and, in most respects, the greatest any Michigan man ever exhibited to the gaze of paid spectators."[3] Franklin Cappon scored on a 60-yard touchdown run, and Paul G. Goebel kicked all five extra points and, unguarded late in the game, scored a touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Doug Roby that the Free Press called Michigan's "most spectacular pass" since 1907. Frank Steketee also scored a touchdown when he jumped on a Cappon fumble in the end zone.[3] The game marked the worst defeat that a Minnesota football team had suffered to that point in the program's history, exceeding a 41–7 loss to Iowa earlier in the 1921 season.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1920-1924)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Attendance at the Football Games". The Michigan Alumnus. December 8, 1921. p. 276. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Harry Bullion (November 21, 1921). "U. of M. Romps Over Gophers, 38–0—Iowa Captures Conference Title: Brilliant Sprints, Hurls Aid Yostmen; Norsemen Bewildered and Swept Aside by Driving Michigan Attack; Dean's Place Kick Features With Long Runs by Cappon, Et Al; Yostmen Score on Trick Pass Near Windup". Detroit Free Press. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "In Honor of Michigan's "M" Men Who Died During the War". The Michigan Alumnus. November 24, 1921. p. 200. 
  5. ^ "Sidelights of the Game". The Michigan Alumnus. November 24, 1921. p. 210.