1944 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1944 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1944 record 5–3–1 (3–2–1 Big Ten)
Head coach George Hauser (3rd season)
MVP John Lundquist
Captain Game captains
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1943
1945 →
1944 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State $ 6 0 0     9 0 0
No. 8 Michigan 5 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 4 2 0     5 5 0
Minnesota 3 2 1     5 3 1
Indiana 4 3 0     7 3 0
No. 15 Illinois 3 3 0     5 4 1
Wisconsin 2 4 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 1     1 7 1
Iowa 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1944 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1944 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach George Hauser, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–3–1 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 225 to 162.[1]

No players were awarded any major awards, All-American status or All-Big Ten status.[2][3][4] Back John Lundquist was awarded the Team MVP Award.[5]

Total attendance for the season was 179,979, which averaged to 29,997. The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 23 Iowa Pre-Flight* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13–19   31,687
September 30 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 39–0   21,876
October 7 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) L 13–28   37,256
October 14 Missouri* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39–27   24,207
October 28 at No. 4 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–34   43,563
November 4 Northwesterndagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 14–14   46,482
November 11 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19–14   30,254
November 18 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA (Rivalry) W 46–0   11,200
November 25 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 28–26   30,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 4: Michigan at Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 7 14 28
Minnesota 0 0 6 7 13

On October 7, 1944, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 28 to 13 score at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis. The outcome was the first victory by a Michigan team playing on the road against Minnesota since 1932. Michigan fullback Bob Wiese scored three touchdowns. Bill Culligan scored Michigan's first touchdown, and Joe Ponsetto kicked all four points after touchdown. In the first quarter, Michigan stopped two Minnesota drives inside the Michigan 10-yard line. Michigan gained all of its yards from scrimmage on the ground, attempting only one pass, and finishing the game with 265 net rushing yards. Minnesota gained 119 yards rushing and 81 passing yards.[7][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. 182 
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  7. ^ a b Arch Ward (October 1, 1944). "Wolverines Gain First Triumph at Minnesota in 12 Years, 28-13". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1. 
  8. ^ "Michigan Defeats Minnesota, 28 to 13; Fullback Wiese Races Across Gophers' Goal Line Thrice on Minneapolis Gridiron; 40,052 See Stirring Game; Wolverines Twice Halt Rivals on 1-Yard Stripe -- Fumbles Costly to Both Teams". The New York Times (UP story). October 1, 1944.