1939 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1939 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1939 record 3-4-1 (2-3-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (8th year)
MVP Harold Van Every
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1938 1940 »
1939 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     6 2 0
#9 Iowa 4 1 1     6 1 1
#20 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     3 3 2
Northwestern 3 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 3 3 0     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 1     3 4 1
Indiana 2 3 0     2 4 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1939 college football season. In their eighth year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3-4-1 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 154 to 82.[1]

Tackle Win Pederson was named All-Big Ten first team.[2] Halfback Harold Van Every was awarded the Team MVP Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 229,954, which averaged to 45,991. The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/30/1939 Arizona* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 62-0   42,875
10/07/1939 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-6   33,000
10/14/1939 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 13-13   35,000
10/21/1939 #10 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 23-20   55,000
11/04/1939 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-14   53,200
11/11/1939 at #10 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20-7   66,572
11/18/1939 at Iowa #20 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 13-9   60,100
11/25/1939 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 23-6   40,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 6: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 0 6 7 20
Michigan 0 0 0 7 7

On November 11, 1939, Minnesota defeated Michigan by a 20 to 7 score. The game was the 30th between the programs, with Minnesota having won the previous five games under head coach Bernie Bierman.[5] Minnesota jumped to a 20 to 0 lead with touchdowns in the first, third and fourth quarters. Minnesota's touchdown in the third quarter came on a 59-yard run by halfback George Franck. In the fourth quarter, Michigan finally scored on touchdown pass from Tom Harmon to Paul Kromer. Harmon kicked for the PAT.[6][7]

Michigan's starting lineup against Minnesota was Joe Rogers (left end), Roland Savilla (left tackle), Ralph Fritz (left guard), Archie Kodros (center), Milo Sukup (right guard), William Smith (right tackle), John Nicholson (right end), Ingalls (quarterback), Paul Kromer (left halfback), Harmon (right halfback), and Bob Westfall (fullback).[6]

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. 180 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  5. ^ "Michigan vs. Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Minnesota Triumphs and Drops Michigan Out of Running for Big Ten Title: 64,945 See Gophers Spring Upset, 20-7". The New York Times. November 12, 1939. 
  7. ^ Wilfrid Smith (November 12, 1939). "Gophers Rout Michigan on Power, 20-7". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.