1979 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1979 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1979 record 4–6–1 (3–5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan (1st year)
MVP Mark Carlson
Captain DT Alan Blanshan
Captain TE Glenn Bourquin
Captain QB Mark Carlson
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Joe Salem, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–6–1 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 271 to 264.[1]

Quarterback Mark Carlson received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Free safety Keith Edwards was awarded the Defensive MVP Award. Split End Elmer Bailey was named All-Big Ten first team. Defensive lineman Alan Blanshan and offensive lineman Bill Humphries were named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 241,942, which averaged to 40,323. The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[3]

Roster[edit]

1979 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 41 Barber Jr., MarionMarion Barber Jr. Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 89 Fahnhorst, JimJim Fahnhorst So
DE 96 Schuh, JeffJeff Schuh Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/08/1979 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 24-10   33,435
09/15/1979 No. 15 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 17-21   43,515
09/22/1979 at No. 1 Southern Cal* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 14-48   61,966
09/29/1979 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 38-8   33,998
10/06/1979 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 31-14   47,281
10/13/1979 at No. 11 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 21-31   104,677
10/20/1979 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 24-7   60,050
10/27/1979 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 17-17   46,449
11/03/1979 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 24-42   35,591
11/10/1979 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 17-31   75,131
11/17/1979 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 37-42   37,274
*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