1922 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1922 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1922 record||3–3–1 (2–3–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||William H. Spaulding (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Northrop Field|
|1922 Big Ten football standings|
The 1922 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1922 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach William H. Spaulding, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–3–1 record (2–3–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 79 to 65.
Halfback Earl Martineau was selected by Walter Eckersall in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Post, the Chicago American, and others as a first-team player on the 1922 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Center Oliver Aas was also selected as a first-team all-conference player by a number of selectors.
|10/07/1922||North Dakota*||Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN||W 22-0|
|10/14/1922||at Indiana||Indianapolis, IN||W 20-0|
|10/21/1922||at Northwestern||Northwestern Field • Evanston, IL||T 7-7|
|10/28/1922||Ohio State||Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN||W 9-0|
|11/04/1922||Wisconsin||Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN||L 0-14|
|11/11/1922||at Iowa||Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA||L 14-28|
|11/25/1922||Michigan||Northrop Field • Minneapolis, MN||L 7-16|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
Minnesota finished its season at home against Michigan. The Wolverines won, 16–7, securing a tie with undefeated Iowa for the Big Ten championship. The 1922 Minnesota team was led by Earl Martineau, who was a first-team halfback on the New York Tribune's 1922 College Football All-America Team (and who later served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 1938–1945).
In the first quarter, Minnesota recovered a fumble at Michigan's eight-yard line, and Otis McCreary ran for a touchdown. Ray Eklund drop-kicked for the extra point, and Minnesota led, 7–0. In the second quarter, Martineau punted from his own endzone, and the ball rolled out of bounds at the Minnesota 17-yard line. Michigan drove to the one-yard line on runs by Harry Kipke and Franklin Cappon. Kipke ran it in on a sweep around Minnesota's left end for the touchdown. Paul Goebel's place-kick for the extra point was low, and Minnesota's lead was narrowed to 7–6. Late in the second quarter, Cappon dove into the endzone from the one-foot line, and Jack Blott converted the extra point from a place-kick. Michigan led 13–7 at halftime.
In the second half, Michigan held Minnesota scoreless and intercepted five of Martineau's passes (three by Kipke and two by Jackson Keefer). Michigan's final points were scored after a pass from Uteritz to Bernard Kirk took the ball to Minnesota's 17-yard line. The drive was halted, and Blott kicked a field goal from the 20-yard line.
- "Minnesota Yearly Results (1920-1924)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "Eckersall's All Western Elevens". Chicago Tribune. December 10, 1922. p. 1.
- "Lock Given Captaincy on Two Elevens". Iowa City Press-Citizen. December 2, 1922. p. 9.
- "50 Expert Sports Writers Pick Big Ten Football Stars". The Waco News-Tribune. December 10, 1922. p. 31.
- "Michigan Team Is Given An Ovation By Student Body: Yost Says He Has NO Idea When He Will Retire as Head Coach". Owosso Argus-Press. November 27, 1922. p. 8.
- "Wolverines Beat Gophers, 16 to 7: Michigan Retains Its Claim, With Iowa, to 1922 Big Ten Championship". The New York Times. November 26, 1922.
- 1923 Michiganensian. University of Michigan. 1923. p. 225.