1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1973 record 7-4 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll (2nd year)
MVP Steve Neils, Matt Herkenhoff
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »
1973 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Ohio State + 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6 Michigan + 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1973 college football season. In their second year under head coach Cal Stoll, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7-4 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 295 to 260.[1]

End Steve Neils and offensive tackle Matt Herkenhoff shared the team's Most Valuable Player award. Neils and end Keith Fahnhorst were named All-Big Ten first team. Linebacker Darrell Bunge and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team. Defensive lineman Jeff Gunderson was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 245,706, which averaged to 40,951. The season high for attendance was against Nebraska..[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/15/1973 at No. 3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 7-56   86,005
09/22/1973 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 41-14   35,477
09/29/1973 at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 19-34   30,205
10/06/1973 No. 2 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-48   56,782
10/13/1973 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-3   37,710
10/20/1973 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31-23   55,137
10/27/1973 No. 4 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-34   44,435
11/03/1973 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52-43   30,081
11/10/1973 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-7   36,890
11/17/1973 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 19-16   34,438
11/24/1973 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   34,412
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Minnesota 6 16 2 7 31
Iowa 14 3 6 0 23

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 14 21 10 52
Northwestern 7 7 14 15 43

[4]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 7 0 7
Minnesota 17 10 0 7 34

[5]

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 
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 4.
  5. ^ "Gophers Shock Purdue." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 11.