1931 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1931 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1931 record 7–3 (3–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Fritz Crisler (2nd season)
MVP Clarence Munn
Captain Clarence Munn
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1930
1932 →
1931 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Purdue + 5 1 0     9 1 0
Michigan + 5 1 0     8 1 1
Northwestern + 5 1 0     7 1 1
Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 2 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     5 4 1
Indiana 1 4 1     2 5 1
Chicago 1 4 0     2 6 1
Iowa 0 3 1     1 6 1
Illinois 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1931 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1931 college football season. In their second year under head coach Fritz Crisler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–3 record, shut out four opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined score of 191 to 72.[1]

Guard Clarence Munn was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.[2] Munn was also a consensus first-team player on the 1931 College Football All-America Team.[3] Munn also received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference.[4]

Two Golden Gophers received first-team honors on the 1931 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Biggie Munn and fullback Jack Manders both received first-team honors from the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP).[5][6]

Total attendance for the season was 115,631, which averaged to 23,126. The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 19 North Dakota Agricultural* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis W 13–7   15,000
September 26 Ripon* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 30–0   15,000
October 3 Oklahoma A&M* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 20–0   20,000
October 10 at Stanford* Stanford StadiumStanford, California L 13–7   54,787
October 24 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 34–0   25,000
October 31 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 14–0   52,000
November 7 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois L 14–32   42,000
November 14 Cornell (IA)* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 47–7   10,000
November 21 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan (Little Brown Jug) L 0–6   37,251
November 28 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 19–7   25,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

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

On November 21, 1931, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 6 to 0 score at Michigan Stadium. Michigan's only points came on a 56-yard run by Bill Hewitt in the first quarter.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1931 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. 181 
  3. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Clarence Munn Wins Valuable Player Award". Burlington Hawk-Eye. December 27, 1931. p. 11. 
  5. ^ Paul Mickelson (November 24, 1931). "Northwestern Places Five Players on Two All-Western Elevens". The Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. AP. p. 4A. 
  6. ^ George Kirksey (November 24, 1931). "United Press All Big Ten Selections for 1931". The Indiana Gazette. Indiana, Pennsylvania. p. 10. 
  7. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  8. ^ Wilfrid Smith (November 22, 1931). "Wolverines' Line Halts Gopher Backs; Hewitt Runs 56 Yards". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.