1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1952 record 4-3-2 (3-1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Wes Fesler (2nd year)
MVP Paul Giel
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
1952 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Wisconsin § 4 1 1     6 3 1
#18 Purdue § 4 1 1     4 3 2
#17 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1952 college football season. In their second year under head coach Wes Fesler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4-3-2 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 171 to 131.[1]

Halfback Paul Giel was named an All-American by the Associated Press, FWAA and Look Magazine. Giel received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player of the Big Ten. Giel, running back Bob MacNamara and guard Percy Zachary were named All-Big Ten first team. Giel finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy.[2]

Paul Giel was awarded the Team MVP Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 270,292, which averaged to 54,058. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/27/1952 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 13-19   49,000
10/04/1952 California* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13-49   55,204
10/11/1952 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-26   46,732
10/18/1952 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   54,787
10/25/1952 at #19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-21   70,858
11/01/1952 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 17-7   60,376
10/08/1952 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 14-14   53,193
11/15/1952 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 13-7   40,000
11/22/1952 at #13 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI T 21-21   52,131
*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