1971 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1971 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1971 record 4–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (18th year)
MVP Tom Chandler
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Michigan $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 18th and final year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 278 to 212.[1]

Defensive end Tom Chandler received the team's Most Valuable Player award. End Doug Kingsriter was named an All-American by the Associated Press and Bob Hope. Kingsriter and linebacker Bill Light were named All-Big Ten first team. Quarterback Craig Curry, fullback Ernie Cook and offensive tackle Jack Babcock were named All-Big Ten second team.Offensive lineman Bart Buetow and linebacker Ron King were named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 207,662, which averaged to 34,610. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/11/1971 Indiana Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 28-0   28,549
09/18/1971 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 35-7   68,187
09/25/1971 Washington State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 31-20   32,020
10/02/1971 Kansas* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 38-20   30,090
10/09/1971 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 27-13   64,281
10/16/1971 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 19-14   51,488
10/23/1971 No. 4 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 35-7   44,176
10/30/1971 No. 10 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-12   36,281
11/06/1971 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 41-20   31,217
11/13/1971 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 40-25   61,419
11/20/1971 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 23-21   34,738
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1970-1974)". 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