1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1976 record 6–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll (5th year)
MVP Tony Dungy
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#6 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Minnesota in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fifth year under head coach Cal Stoll, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6–5 record (4–4 against conference opponents), finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big Ten Standings, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 211 to 201.[1]

Quarterback Tony Dungy received the team's most valuable player award for the second consecutive year. Strong safety George Adzick was named All-Big Ten first team. Dungy, wide receiver Ron Kullas and defensive lineman George Washington were named All-Big Ten second team. Dungy, offensive lineman Brien Harvey, fullback Kent Kitzmann and cornerback Bob Weber were named Academic All-Big Ten. Terry Matula was named Offensive Lineman of the Year.[2] Jim Perkins was the Big Ten's third leading scorer with 78 points on 13 rushing touchdowns.[1]

Total attendance for the season was 257,878, which averaged to 42,979. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/11/1976 Indiana Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 32-13   34,004
09/18/1976 Washington State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 28-14   31,627
09/25/1976 Western Michigan* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-10   33,229
10/02/1976 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 7-38   37,994
10/09/1976 Illini Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 29-14   52,606
10/16/1976 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 14-10   56,166
10/23/1976 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-22   53,222
10/30/1976 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-45   104,426
11/06/1976 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-10   15,183
11/13/1976 No. 8 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3-9   53,190
11/20/1976 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 17-26   60,304
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1976 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160