1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1946 record 5–4 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (12th year)
MVP Billy Bye
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Illinois $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
#6 Michigan 5 1 1     6 2 1
#20 Indiana 4 2 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 4 0     5 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 1     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 3 1     4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0     4 5 0
Purdue 0 5 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1946 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 12th year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 130 to 114.[1]

Halfback Billy Bye was awarded the Team MVP Award.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 328,003, which averaged to 54,667. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
09/28/1946 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 33-6   51,096
10/05/1946 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-21   53,648
10/12/1946 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 7-14   40,000
10/19/1946 Wyoming* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 46-0   46,087
10/26/1946 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 9-39   76,611
11/02/1946 No. 13 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 0-21   58,476
11/09/1946 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   58,341
11/16/1946 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-6   59,180
11/23/1946 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 6-0   45,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

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

On November 2, 1946, Minnesota lost to by a score of 21 to 0. In the second quarter, Michigan relied on the passing game in its first touchdown drive, as Bob Chappuis completed a pass for 43 yards to Elmer Madar and Bump Elliott then ran two yards for the touchdown on a fourth-down play. Elliott scored again in the third quarter on a 10-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Gene Derricotte threw a pass to Bob Mann that was good for 42 yards and a touchdown. Jim Brieske kicked all three points after touchdown. Michigan gained 183 rushing yards and 174 passing yards, while holding Minnesota to 130 rushing yards and 40 passing yards.[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 Wilfrid Smith (November 3, 1946). "Wolverines Top Gophers, 21-0; Take 2d". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.