1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
National champion (8 official selectors)
Big Ten champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1934 record 8–0 (5–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Single-wing
MVP Pug Lund
Captain Pug Lund
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1933
1935 →
1934 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota $ 5 0 0     8 0 0
#8 Ohio State 5 1 0     7 1 0
#4 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]

Eight of the selectors recognized as official by the NCAA (Billingsley, Boand, Dickinson, College Football Researchers Association, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin) recognize the 1934 Minnesota team as the national champion. The national championship was the first for the University of Minnesota.[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
Speedometer 29 North Dakota Agricultural* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 56–12   25,000
October 6 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 20–0   35,000
October 20 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 13–7   65,000
October 27 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA (Rivalry) W 48–12   53,000
November 3 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) W 34–0   59,362
November 10 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30–0   28,100
November 17 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35–7   46,000
November 24 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) 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