1926 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1926 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1926 record 5–3 (2–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Spears (2nd season)
Captain Roger Wheeler
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 5 0 0     7 1 0
Northwestern + 5 0 0     7 1 0
Ohio State 3 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 2 1 1     5 2 1
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 2 1
Illinois 2 2 0     6 2 0
Minnesota 2 2 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 4 0     3 5 0
Iowa 0 5 0     3 5 0
Chicago 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1926 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1926 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Clarence Spears, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–3 record and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 269 to 57.[1]

Fullback Herb Joesting was named an All-American by the Associated Press and Look Magazine.[2] Joestring, Tackle Mitchell Gary, guard Harold Hanson and end Roger Wheeler were named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 156,032, which averaged out to 31,206 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 2 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 51–0   18,000
October 9 Notre Dame* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7–20   54,000
October 16 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 0–20   48,000
October 23 Wabash* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 67–7   16,000
October 30 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 16–10   42,000
November 6 at Iowa Iowa FieldIowa City, IA (Rivalry) W 41–0   30,000
November 13 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 81–0   8,000
November 20 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) L 6–7   58,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

On November 20, 1926, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 7–6 score at Memorial Stadium. The game was the last for Michigan under head coach Fielding Yost. Herb Joesting scored on a short run in the second quarter, but Peplaw missed the attempted at extra point. Michigan trailed 6–0 in the fourth quarter when Nydahl of Minnesota fumbled. Oosterbaan picked up the loose ball and ran 58 yards for a touchdown. Friedman drop-kicked the extra point.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1926 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 179 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  5. ^ Walter Eckersall (November 21, 1926). "Wolverines Convert Gopher Fumble Into 7 to 6 Victory". Chicago Tribune.