1981 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1981 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1981 record 6–5 (4–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Salem (3rd year)
MVP Mike Hohensee
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Ohio State + 6 2 0     9 3 0
#18 Iowa + 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12 Michigan 6 3 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 6 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Joe Salem, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6–5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 274 to 264.[1] It was the final season in Memorial Stadium.[2]

Quarterback Mike Hohensee received the team's Most Valuable Player award, while flanker Chester Cooper was named offensive MVP, and linebacker Jim Fahnhorst was named the defensive MVP. Fahnhorst and offensive tackle Ken Dallafoir were named All-Big Ten first team. Cooper, offensive lineman Bill Humphries, defensive end Karl Mecklenburg, and defensive lineman Fred Orgas were named All-Big Ten second team. Defensive lineman Brent Harms and Fred Orgas, free safety Mike Robb, and safety Rick Witthus were named Academic All-Big Ten.[3]

Several Minnesota players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:

  • Mike Hohensee led the conference with 20 passing touchdowns and ranked fourth with 2,412 passing yards.[4]
  • Wide receiver Chester Cooper led the conference with 1,012 receiving yards and ranked second with 58 receptions.[4]
  • Running back Frank Jacobs ranked sixth in the conference with 638 rushing yards and fifth with eight rushing touchdowns.[4]
  • Placekicker Jim Gallery ranked second in the conference with 13 field goals made, fourth with a 59.8 field goal percentage, and seventh with 62 points scored.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 301,248, which averaged to 43,035. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/12/1981 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 19-17   40,086
09/19/1981 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-13   41,530
09/26/1981 Oregon State* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 42-12   30,890
10/03/1981 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 29-38   63,814
10/10/1981 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-23   45,949
10/17/1981 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 16-17   46,460
10/24/1981 at No. 6 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 12-10   60,000
10/31/1981 No. 15 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 13-34   52,875
11/07/1981 No. 18 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-31   42,793
11/14/1981 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 36-43   56,571
11/21/1981 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 21-26   47,125
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon St 3 0 2 7 12
Minnesota 6 20 9 7 42
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, Minnesota

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 161 
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 
  4. ^ a b c d "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  6. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1981 Sept 27.