1951 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1951 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1951 record 2-6-1 (1-4-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Wes Fesler (1st year)
MVP Ron Engel
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Illinois $ 5 0 1     9 0 1
Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1951 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1951 college football season. In their first year under head coach Wes Fesler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 2-6-1 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 258 to 162.[1]

No Golden Gophers players were named any major awards, All-American, Academic All-American, All-Big Ten or Academic All-Big Ten. It was the last season that no Golden Gopher players achieved any of the awards.[2]

Halfback Ron Engel was awarded the Team MVP Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 255,851, which averaged to 51,170. The season high for attendance was against Nebraska.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/29/1951 No. 8 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 20-25   51,148
10/06/1951 at California* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA L 14-55   69,000
10/13/1951 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-21   51,915
10/20/1951 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 39-20   54,625
10/27/1951 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 27-54   83,060
11/03/1951 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA T 20-20   40,000
10/10/1951 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-14   45,986
11/17/1951 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 13-19   29,000
11/24/1951 No. 8 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 6-30   52,177
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1950-1954)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160