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 year)
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
#5 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Michigan State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
#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 college 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
09/16/1978 Toledo* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-12   31,223
09/23/1978 No. 16 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10-27   55,200
09/30/1978 at UCLA* Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 3-17   40,369
10/07/1978 Oregon State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-17   35,083
10/14/1978 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 22-20   51,381
10/21/1978 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-14   16,452
10/28/1978 at No. 8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 10-42   105,308
11/04/1978 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 32-31   39,797
11/11/1978 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 9-33   72,122
11/18/1978 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-6   25,388
11/25/1978 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI 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