1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 8
1949 record 7–2 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (15th season)
MVP Bud Grant
Captain Howard Brennan, Clayton Tonnemaker
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1948
1950 →
1949 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Ohio State + 4 1 1     7 1 2
No. 7 Michigan + 4 1 1     6 2 1
No. 8 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     3 4 2
Iowa 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1949 Big Nine Conference football season. In their 15th year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 231 to 80.[1]

Tackle Leo Nomellini was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press (AP), Look Magazine, and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Center Clayton Tonnemaker was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, AP, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine, Football Writers Association of America and the AFCA.[2] Nomellini, Tonnemaker and end Bud Grant were named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Bud Grant was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 305,200, which averaged to 61,040. The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 24 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 48–20   55,256
October 1 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) W 28–6   34,000
October 8 No. 20 Northwestern No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21–7   63,063
October 15 at No. 11 Ohio State No. 5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 27–0   82,111
October 22 at No. 12 Michigan No. 3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 7–14   97,239
October 29 Purduedagger No. 7 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7–13   61,154
November 5 No. 15 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 55–7   62,089
November 12 at Pittsburgh No. 9 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 24–7   42,515
November 19 Wisconsin No. 8 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 14–6   63,139
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  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