1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1945 record 4-5 (1-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (11th year)
MVP Bob Fitch
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »
1945 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Indiana $ 5 0 1     9 0 1
#6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
#12 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 3 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 1     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 5 0     4 5 0
Iowa 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1945 college football season. In their 11th non-consecutive year under head coach Bernie Bierman (Bierman was not Minnesota's coach from 1942-1944), the Golden Gophers compiled a 4-5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 177 to 55.[1]

Tackle Bob Fitch was awarded the Team MVP Award.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 246,931, which averaged to 41,155. The season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/22/1945 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34-0   34,246
10/06/1945 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 61-7   25,000
10/13/1945 Fort Warren* #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-0   32,465
10/20/1945 Northwestern #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30-7   55,940
10/27/1945 #12 Ohio State #5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-20   56,000
11/03/1945 at #10 Michigan #16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-26   84,472
11/10/1945 Indiana #20 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-49   41,400
11/17/1945 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 19-20   13,880
11/24/1945 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-26   34,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 7: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 7 0 0 19 26

On November 3, 1945, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 26 to 0 score. Michigan's touchdowns were scored by Yerges (short run in the first quarter), fullback Jack Weisenburger (13-yard run in fourth quarter), and halfbacks Wally Teninga and Warren Bentz (12-yard pass from Don Robinson). Bob Callahan kicked two points after touchdown. Michigan gained 261 rushing yards and 131 passing yards in the game.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1945-1949)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  4. ^ a b Edward Burns (November 4, 1945). "Michigan Crushes Minnesota, 26 to 0; Scores 3 Times in 4th". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.