1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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 year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1926 1928 »
1927 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois + 5 0 0     7 0 1
Minnesota + 3 0 1     6 0 2
Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Chicago 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 0     6 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     4 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 1 2 1     3 4 1
Iowa 1 4 0     4 4 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     4 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1927 college 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.[1] 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.[2] Joesting, Hanson, quarterback Harold "Shorty" Almquist, tackle Mitchell Gary and end Kenneth Haycraft were named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 166,848, which averaged to 23,126. The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
10/01/1927 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 57-10   22,000
10/08/1927 Oklahoma A&M* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 40-0   35,000
10/15/1927 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN T 14-14   21,000
10/22/1927 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 38-0   52,000
10/29/1927 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   56,000
11/05/1927 at Notre Dame* Cartier FieldNotre Dame, IN T 7-7   26,000
11/12/1927 Drake* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-6   20,000
11/19/1927 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 13-7   84,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 8: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 6 7 13
Michigan 7 0 0 0 7

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.[5][6] 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."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1925-1929)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  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. ^ "Minnesota Victor Over Michigan, 13-7: 86,000 See Gophers Gain Their First Triumph Over Old Rivals Since 1919; Joesting Crushes Foe". The New York Times. November 20, 1927. 
  6. ^ a b Walter Eckersall (November 20, 1927). "Minnesota Beats Michigan, 13 to 7: Gophers' Drive in Last Half Brings Victory". Chicago Tribune.