1954 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1954 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 20
1954 record 7–2 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (1st season)
MVP Bob McNamara
Captain Bob McNamara
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
No. 9 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 15 Michigan 5 2 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     5 3 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 6 0
Michigan State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 1 5 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 6 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1954 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1954 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 195 to 127.[1] The team finished the season ranked #20 in the final Coaches poll.

Halfback Bob McNamara received the team's Most Valuable Player award,[2] and was selected by the Football Writers Association of America (for Look magazine) as a first-team player on the 1954 College Football All-America Team.[3] He was also selected by the Associated Press as a first-team player on its 1954 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[4] Fullback John Baumgartner was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 347,555, which averaged to 57,925. The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 25 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 19–7   53,027
October 2 at Pittsburgh* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 46–7   33,369
October 9 Northwestern No. 18 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 26–7   53,663
October 16 Illinois No. 11 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19–6   63,339
October 23 at Michigan No. 8 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 34–0   83,060
October 30 Michigan Statedagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19–13   63,360
November 6 Oregon State No. 14 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 44–6   48,702
November 13 No. 9 Iowa No. 13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 22–20   65,464
November 20 at No. 17 Wisconsin No. 10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) L 0–27   51,131
*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. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 
  3. ^ "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America. 
  4. ^ "A.P. Lists 1954 All Big Ten Choices" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. November 23, 1954. p. 4. 
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160