1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National champion
Big Ten champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1934 record 8–0 (5–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (3rd year)
MVP Pug Lund
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1933 1935 »
1934 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota $ 5 0 0     8 0 0
Ohio State 5 1 0     7 1 0
Illinois 4 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 3 1 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 0     4 4 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 5 0
Chicago 2 4 0     4 4 0
Indiana 1 3 1     3 3 2
Iowa 1 3 1     2 5 1
Michigan 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1934 college football season. In their third year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled an undefeated 8–0 record, shut out four opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 270 to 38.[1] The team was named national champions, the first national championship for the University.[2]

Halfback Pug Lund was selected for the team's Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive year.[3] Lund also received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player of the Big Ten,[4] and was named an All-American by the AP, Collier’s Weekly/Grantland Rice, Liberty, Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine.[5]

End Frank Larson was named an All-American by the Associated Press (AP), Collier's Weekly/Grantland Rice and Look Magazine.[5] Guard Bill Bevan was named an All-American by Collier’s Weekly/Grantland Rice, Liberty and Look Magazine.[5] End Bob Tenner was named an All-American by the United Press International.[5] Tackle Phil Bengston, Bevan, Larson, Lund, Tenner, and tackle Ed Widseth were named All-Big Ten.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 192,922, which averaged to 38,584. The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/29/1934 North Dakota State* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 56–12   25,000
10/06/1934 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 20–0   35,000
10/20/1934 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 13–7   65,000
10/27/1934 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 48–12   53,000
11/03/1934 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34–0   59,362
11/10/1934 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30–0   28,100
11/17/1934 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35–7   46,000
11/24/1934 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 34–0   38,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1930-1934)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 167 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  4. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180 
  5. ^ a b c d Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 179 
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160