1930 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1930 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1930 record||3–4–1 (1–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Fritz Crisler (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1930 Big Ten football standings|
|#5 Michigan +||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|#4 Northwestern +||5||–||0||–||0||7||–||1||–||0|
The 1930 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1930 college football season. In their first year under head coach Fritz Crisler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–4–1 record, shut out four opponents (including a scoreless tie with Stanford), and outscored all opponents by a combined score of 126 to 81. Out of 126 points scored by the Golden Gophers, most were scored in two games against schools from South Dakota who the Golden Gophers defeated by a combined score of 107 to 0.
|September 27||South Dakota State*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 48–0||20,000|
|October 4||Vanderbilt*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||L 7–33||20,000|
|October 11||Stanford*||Memorial Stadiumw • Minneapolis, MN||T 0–0||45,000|
|October 18||Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 6–0||20,000|
|November 1||Northwestern||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||L 6–27||54,000|
|November 8||South Dakota*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||W 59–0||20,000|
|November 15||at Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug)||L 0–7||54,944|
|November 22||at Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Rivalry)||L 0–14||32,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
In the seventh week of the season, Minnesota played Michigan in the annual competition for the Little Brown Jug. The game marked the first appearance by Fritz Crisler as a head coach at Michigan Stadium. Crisler was in his first year as head coach at Minnesota; he took over as Michigan's head coach eight years later. Michigan won the game 7 to 0. The game's only score came in the first quarter on a 45-yard punt return by Michigan's left halfback, Jack Wheeler. The return was off of a punt by Minnesota's All-American Biggie Munn. A newspaper account of the game described Wheeler's run as follows:
"Wheeler's run will go down as one of Michigan's, classics. He got the ball after a low, twisting kick by Munn had traveled to the Minnesota 45-yard line. Wheeler gathered it in and charged. He hit two Minnesota tacklers and knifed his way between them. He staggered a yard or two from the impact and sidestepped another Gopher tackler. Morrison came across like a charging bull to take another from Wheeler's path. He waved away, and slid yards across the goal line on his dive for a touchdown."
Despite the lack of scoring, the Associated Press reported that the game was "a desperately-fought breath-taking football battle."
- "Minnesota Yearly Results (1930-1934)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181
- "United Press Names Big Ten All Stars: Wildcats Lead With Four Men on Honor Team; Harry Newman Called Best Quarterback in Conference Since Friedman". Decatur Herald. November 24, 1930. p. 3.
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160
- W.G. Stevenson (1930-11-16). "Michigan Beats Gophers, 7-0; Still In Big Ten Race; 45-Yard Run By Wheeler Lone Score". Capital Times (AP story).