1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
Big Ten co-champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1927 record||6–0–2 (3–0–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Clarence Spears (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1927 Big Ten football standings|
|#1 Illinois +||5||–||0||–||0||7||–||0||–||1|
|#3 Minnesota +||3||–||0||–||1||6||–||0||–||2|
Rankings from Dickinson System
The 1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1927 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Clarence Spears, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6–0–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 209 to 51. The Gophers shared the Big Ten title, the ninth in school history.
Fullback Herb Joesting and guard Harold Hanson were named All-American status by the Associated Press. Joesting, Hanson, quarterback Harold "Shorty" Almquist, tackle Mike Gary and end Ken Haycraft were named All-Big Ten first team.
|October 1||North Dakota*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 57–10||22,000|
|October 8||Oklahoma A&M*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 40–0||35,000|
|October 15||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||T 14–14||21,000|
|October 22||Iowa||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry)||W 38–0||52,000|
|October 29||Wisconsin||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry)||W 13–7||56,000|
|November 5||at Notre Dame*||Cartier Field • Notre Dame, IN||T 7–7||26,000|
|November 12||Drake*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 27–6||20,000|
|November 19||at Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug)||W 13–7||84,243|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
On November 19, 1927, Minnesota defeated Michigan by a 13-7 score at Michigan Stadium. Bennie Oosterbaan scored Michigan's touchdown in the first quarter on a long forward pass from halfback William Puckelwartz, and Louis Gilbert kicked the point after touchdown. Minnesota came from behind with 13 points in the second half on touchdown runs by Herb Joesting and a touchdown pass from Harold "Shorty" Almquist to Haycraft. Minnesota had 15 first downs in the game while Michigan had only two. Minnesota's victory was its first over Michigan since 1919. The game was also the Michigan's first defeat at Michigan Stadium and the final college football game for Michigan stars Oosterbaan and Gilbert and for Minnesota stars Joesting and Almquist. Walter Eckersall served as the game's referee and wrote in the Chicago Tribune: "For hard, aggressive playing combined with splendid sportsmanship it was one of the best struggles I ever officiated in."
- "1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 179[permanent dead link]
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180[permanent dead link]
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]
- "Minnesota Victor Over Michigan, 13-7: 86,000 See Gophers Gain Their First Triumph Over Old Rivals Since 1919; Joesting Crushes Foe" (PDF). The New York Times. November 20, 1927.
- Walter Eckersall (November 20, 1927). "Minnesota Beats Michigan, 13 to 7: Gophers' Drive in Last Half Brings Victory". Chicago Tribune.