1938 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1938 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Big Ten champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 10
1938 record 6–2 (4–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (7th season)
Offensive scheme Single-wing
MVP Larry Buhler
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1937
1939 →
1938 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Minnesota $ 4 1 0     6 2 0
No. 16 Michigan 3 1 1     6 1 1
Purdue 3 1 1     5 1 2
No. 17 Northwestern 2 1 2     4 2 2
Wisconsin 3 2 0     5 3 0
Ohio State 3 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 5 0
Iowa 1 3 1     1 6 1
Indiana 1 4 0     1 6 1
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1938 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1938 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 97 to 38.[1]

Guard Frank Twedell was named an All-American by the Associated Press and United Press.[2] Twedell and quarterback Wilbur Moore were named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Fullback Larry Buhker was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 237,000, which averaged to 47,400. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 24 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 15–0   50,000
October 1 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 16–7   46,000
October 8 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 7–0   52,000
October 15 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) W 7–6   54,212
October 29 at No. 12 Northwestern No. 2 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 3–6   48,000
November 5 Iowa No. 12 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 28–0   42,000
November 12 at No. 2 Notre Dame* No. 12 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 0–19   55,245
November 19 at No. 12 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 21–0   38,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

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

On October 15, 1938, Minnesota defeated Michigan by a 7 to 6 score. The game was the 29th between the programs, with Minnesota having won the previous four games under head coach Bernie Bierman.[6]

Neither team scored in the first three quarters. Then, in the fourth quarter, Michigan drove 90 yards with Paul Kromer scoring on a short run for touchdown. Right end Dan Smick missed the kick for PAT, and Michigan led, 6 to 0. Later in the quarter, Tom Harmon fumbled at midfield, and the Golden Gophers recovered the loose ball. After Harmon's fumble, Minnesota halfback Harold Van Every threw a long pass to Bill Johnson who was downed at Michigan's 14-yard line. Minnesota's drive was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Van Every to halfback Wilbur Moore. Quarterback George Faust kicked the PAT to give Minnesota a one point margin of victory. Michigan gained 157 rushing yards and 97 passing yards to outperform Minnesota's 91 rushing yards and 41 passing yards.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1935-1939)". 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. 181 
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  6. ^ "Michigan vs. Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota Rally Nips Michigan, 7-6; Both Teams Score in Final Period, Gophers on Pass--55,000 Watch the Fray". The New York Times. November 12, 1939.