1943 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1943 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1943 record 5-4 (2-3 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser (2nd year)
MVP Paul Mitchell
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »
1943 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Purdue + 6 0 0     9 0 0
#3 Michigan + 6 0 0     8 1 0
#9 Northwestern 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana 2 3 1     4 4 2
Minnesota 2 3 0     5 4 0
Illinois 2 4 0     3 7 0
Ohio State 1 4 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 6 0     1 9 0
Iowa 0 4 1     1 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1943 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1943 college football season. In their second year under head coach George Hauser, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5-4 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 184 to 170.[1]

Fullback Bill Daley and end Herb Hein were named All-Americans by the Associated Press. Daley was also named an All-American by Collier's/Grantland Rice.[2] Tackle Paul Mitchell was named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Paul Mitchell was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 182,779, which averaged to 26,111. The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/25/1943 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 26-13   30,000
10/02/1943 Nebraska* No. 9 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 54-0   34,000
10/16/1943 Camp Grant* No. 13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   35,000
10/23/1943 at No. 10 Michigan No. 11 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6-49   45,000
10/30/1943 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 6-42   32,000
11/06/1943 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-14   43,000
10/13/1943 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-14   20,000
11/20/1943 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 25-13   20,000
11/27/1943 Iowa Seahawks* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-32   18,261
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 6 0 0 6
Michigan 7 7 14 21 49

On October 23, 1942, Minnesota played Michigan in the annual Little Brown Jug game. The Wolverines had lost nine straight games to Bernie Bierman's Minnesota teams, the last Michigan victory having been in 1932.[7]

Michigan defeated Minnesota by a score of 49 to 6 in front of a crowd of 45,000 spectators at Michigan Stadium. The 43-point margin made it the worst defeat sustained by a Minnesota team to that point in the program's history.[8] On the first play from scrimmage, Elroy Hirsch ran 61 yards on a reverse around right end for a touchdown. Hirsch scored a total of three touchdowns and also intercepted a Minnesota pass to stop a drive in the fourth quarter. Bill Daley, the V-12 transfer who played for Minnesota in 1942, became the first player to play for both sides in Little Brown Jug games.[8] Prior to the game, the Chicago Daily Tribune referred to Daley as "the Gophers' war time gift to their football foes."[6] Daley scored two touchdowns, returned a punt for 37 yards to set up Hirsch's second touchdown, and kicked two extra points. After five games, Daley was the leading rusher in college football with 620 rushing yards on 98 carries.[8]

Minnesota's only touchdown was set up by an interception of a pass thrown by Jack Wink. The interception was returned to Michigan's 15-yard line, and Frank Loren scored the touchdown late in the second quarter. Bob Wiese blocked Minnesota's extra point kick. In the fourth quarter, Wink threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Farnham Johnson. Bob Nussbaumer also scored a touchdown for Michigan. Merv Pregulman added four extra points. Michigan dominated the game with 230 rushing yards and 128 passing yards, while holding Minnesota to 60 rushing yards and 14 passing yards.[8][9][10]

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. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  6. ^ a b Edward Burns (October 23, 1943). "Minnesota Battles Michigan: Last Game for White, Captain of the Wolverines; Gets Service Call; So Does Daley". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Michigan vs. Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Michigan Defeats Minnesota, 49 to 6: 45,000 See Gophers in Worst Setback as Daley, Their Former Ace, Stars". The New York Times (United Press story). October 24, 1943. 
  9. ^ "Elroy Hirsch Stars as Michigan Leads Minnesota, 28 to 6". The Milwaukee Journal. October 23, 1943. 
  10. ^ Edward Burns (October 24, 1943). "Michigan Wins, 49-6: Daley, Hirsch Instrumental In Ending 9 Year Minnesota Reign". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. A1.