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 season)
MVP Bob Fitch
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1944
1946 →
1945 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Indiana $ 5 0 1     9 0 1
No. 6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
No. 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 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 11th non-consecutive year under head coach Bernie Bierman (Bierman was not Minnesota's coach from 1942 to 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's 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
September 22 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34–0   34,246
October 6 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) W 61–7   25,000
October 13 Fort Warren* No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14–0   32,465
October 20 Northwesterndagger No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 30–7   55,940
October 27 No. 12 Ohio State No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7–20   56,000
November 3 at No. 10 Michigan No. 16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 0–26   84,472
November 10 No. 6 Indiana No. 20 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0–49   41,400
November 17 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA (Rivalry) L 19–20   13,880
November 24 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) L 12–26   34,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[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.