1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1961 record||8–2 (6–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Murray Warmath (8th season)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1961 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State $||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|No. 6 Minnesota||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 8 Michigan State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Purdue||4||–||2||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
The 1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers were 7–2 in the regular season and won the Rose Bowl, 21–3 over UCLA; Minnesota outscored their opponents 161–78. The Golden Gophers finished sixth in both final polls (Associated Press (AP) writers poll and United Press International (UPI) coaches poll), released in early December, prior to the bowl games.
Quarterback Sandy Stephens received the team's most valuable player award, was a consensus first-team All-American, finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was named Rose Bowl MVP, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten's most valuable player. Tackle Bobby Bell was also named a first-team All-American by the FWAA, AFCA, Sporting News, and Central Press. Fullback Judge Dickson and offensive lineman Jim Wheeler were named Academic All-Big Ten.
|September 30||Missouri*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||L 0–6||58,840|
|October 7||Oregon*||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||W 14–7||50,499|
|October 14||at Northwestern||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, Illinois||W 10–3||41,251|
|October 21||at Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, Illinois||W 33–0||52,247|
|October 28||Michigan||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug)||W 23–20||63,898|
|November 4||No. 1 Michigan State||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||W 13–0||59,941|
|November 11||at Iowa||No. 5||Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Rivalry)||W 16–9||60,100|
|November 18||No. 7 Purdue||No. 5||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis||W 10–7||67,081|
|November 25||Wisconsin||No. 3||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry)||L 21–23||66,232|
|January 1||vs. No. 16 UCLA*||No. 6||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)||W 21–3||98,214|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
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