1978 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1978 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1978 record 5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll (7th season)
MVP Marion Barber Jr.
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 12 Michigan State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
No. 13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1978 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh and final year under head coach Cal Stoll, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–5 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 267 to 210.[1]

Tailback Marion Barber Jr. received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Barber Jr., kicker Paul Rogind, defensive back Keith Brown and defensive end Stan Sytsma were named All-Big Ten first team. Nose guard Doug Friberg and defensive tackle Jim Ronan were named All-Big Ten second team. Sytsma was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 238,072, which averaged to 39,678. The season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 Toledo* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38–12   31,223
September 23 No. 16 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10–27   55,200
September 30 at No. 18 UCLA* Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 3–17   40,369
October 7 Oregon State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14–17   35,083
October 14 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 22–20   51,381
October 21 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38–14   16,452
October 28 at No. 8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 10–42   105,308
November 4 Indianadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 32–31   39,797
November 11 at No. 17 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 9–33   72,122
November 18 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24–6   25,388
November 25 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) L 10–48   61,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1975-1979)". 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