1964 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1964 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1964 record 5–4 (4–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (11th season)
MVP Joe Pung
Captain Joe Pung
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1963
1965 →
1964 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Michigan $ 6 1 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Ohio State 5 1 0     7 2 0
Purdue 5 2 0     6 3 0
Illinois 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan State 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     3 6 0
Wisconsin 2 5 0     3 6 0
Iowa 1 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1964 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1964 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 11th year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled an 5–4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 136 to 131.[1]

Center Joe Pung received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Back Kraig Lofquist and end Aaron Brown were named All-Big Ten first team. Center Joe Pung and fullback Mike Reid were named All-Big Ten second team.[2]

Total attendance at five home games was 268,908, an average of 53,782 per game. The largest crowd was against Iowa.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Rivalry) L 21–26   49,769
October 3 at California* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 26-20   53,000
October 10 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21–18   53,257
October 17 Illinoisdagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 18–21   53,257
October 24 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 12–19   61,859
October 31 at Indiana Seventeenth Street Football StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–0   33,245
November 7 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 14–13   64,301
November 14 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14–7   49,867
November 21 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) L 7–14   61,306
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota (2–2) 0 0 0 12 12
Michigan (3–1) 7 3 9 0 19

In the fifth game of the season, Minnesota lost to Michigan 19–12 in Ann Arbor. Prior to 1964, Michigan had lost four consecutive games in the annual contest for the Little Brown Jug. Michigan led the game 19–0 in the fourth quarter and held off a comeback attempt by the Golden Gophers. Minnesota scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but missed twice on two-point conversion attempts. The Golden Gophers closed the score to 19–12 on a 91-yard interception return by Kraig Lofquist. They subsequently drove to the Michigan three-yard line, but the Michigan defense held on fourth down.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1960-1964)". 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. 160 
  4. ^ "Timberlake Star for Wolverines: Kicks Field Goal and Runs for Score -- Gophers Tally Twice in Last Period". The New York Times. October 25, 1964. Retrieved 7 January 2012.