1968 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1968 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1968 record 6-4 (5-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (15th year)
MVP Wayne King
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »
1968 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
#12 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
#10 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1968 college football season. In their 15th year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled an 6-4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 207 to 190.[1]

Linebacker Wayne King received the team's Most Valuable Player award. End Bob Stein was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, United Press International and Football Writers Association of America. Stein, guard Dick Enderle and guard Noel Jenke were named All-Big Ten first team. Tackle Ezell Jones, defensive tackle Ron Kamzelski, tight end Ray Parson and safety Doug Roalstad were named All-Big Ten second team. Stein was named an Academic All-American. Stein, linebacker Noel Jenke, linebacker Wayne King and halfback Barry Mayer were named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 312,806, which averaged to 52,134. The season high for attendance was against Southern Cal.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/21/1968 Southern Cal* #16 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 29-20   60,820
09/28/1968 #9 Nebraska* #17 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 17-14   55,362
10/05/1968 Wake Forest* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-19   39,277
10/12/1968 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 17-10   49,864
10/19/1968 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 14-13   74,321
10/26/1968 at #12 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 33-20   69,384
11/02/1968 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 35-28   57,703
11/09/1968 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-13   49,780
11/16/1968 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 20-6   49,234
11/23/1968 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 23-15   39,214
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 6: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 20 20
Michigan 12 18 3 0 33

On October 26, 1968, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 33 to 20 score before a homecoming crowd of 69,384.[4] The game was the 59th meeting in the Little Brown Jug rivalry. Michigan lost the 1967 game by a 20-15 score.[5]

For Michigan, Dennis Brown completed 11 of 20 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and Ron Johnson carried the ball 33 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan led 30-0 at halftime and 33-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Minnesota mounted a comeback with 20 points in the fourth quarter with Michigan's reserves in the game. Michigan gained 252 rushing yards and 201 passing yards in the game. Minnesota gained 149 rushing yards and 200 passing yards.[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1965-1969)". 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. ^ a b Robert Markus (October 27, 1968). "Michigan Romps: Wolverines Keep Big 10 Slate Clean; Destroy Gophers Defense, 33-20". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1. 
  5. ^ "Michigan vs. Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "untitled". The New York Times. October 27, 1968. p. S7.