1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 19
1942 record 5–4 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser (1st year)
MVP Dick Wildung
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1941
1943 →
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
#3 Wisconsin 4 1 0     8 1 1
#9 Michigan 3 2 0     7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0     6 4 0
#19 Minnesota 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0     7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1942 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach George Hauser, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 152 to 91.[1]

Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Stern, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine.[2] Wildung was also named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Dick Wildung was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

The Gophers hosted the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight school at the University of Iowa. The Pre-Flight team was coached by Bernie Bierman,[5] who had coached the Golden Gophers to five national titles between 1934 and 1941, and resumed coaching the Golden Gophers in 1945.[6]

Total attendance for the season was 231,307, which averaged to 38,551.[7] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Pittsburgh* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 50-7   22,000
October 3 Iowa Pre-Flight* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-7   37,500
October 10 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 13-20   24,276
October 17 at No. 14 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 15-2   25,000
October 24 No. 4 Michigan No. 13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-14   55,000
October 31 Northwestern No. 10 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-7   37,000
November 7 Indiana No. 7 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-7   32,000
November 14 Iowa No. 16 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-7   33,000
November 21 No. 7 Wisconsin No. 10 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-20   46,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 5: Michigan at Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 0 0 7 14
Minnesota 0 7 7 7 21

In the fifth week of the season, Minnesota defeated Michigan, 16-14. Tom Kuzma ran for touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters, and Jim Brieske converted both PATs. Bill Daley, who would go on to play for Michigan in 1943, ran 44 yards for a tying touchdown in the second quarter.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1940-1944)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. 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. ^ Scott, John (1997), 1942 Iowa Seahawks (PDF), College Football Historical Society, p. 13 
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 195 
  7. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  8. ^ "MINNESOTA HALTS MICHIGAN, 16 TO 14; 55,000 Watch Gophers Gain Their First Conference Victory of Season". The New York Times. November 22, 1942. Retrieved 14 January 2012.