1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Independence Bowl, W 20–13 vs. Clemson
Conference Big Ten Conference
1985 record 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Holtz (2nd year, regular season)
John Gutekunst (bowl game)
Captain Jon Lilleberg, Peter Najarian
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Iowa $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
No. 14 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second and final year under head coach Lou Holtz, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 293 to 240.[1]

When former Minnesota head coach Lou Holtz left the Golden Gophers to coach at the University of Notre Dame, assistant John Gutekunst was tapped to coach the Golden Gophers in the Independence Bowl.[2] Attendance was 42,845.[3]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was named offensive player of the game, while linebacker Bruce Holmes was named defensive player of the game.[3] Center Ray Hitchcock, linebacker Peter Najarian, offensive guard Jon Lilleberg and strong safety Larry Joyner were named All-Big Ten second team. Running back David Puk was named Academic All-American second team. Puk and linebacker Peter Najarian were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was awarded the Bronco Nagurski Award. Ray Hitchcock was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Peter Najarian was awarded the Carl Eller Award. Kicker Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award. Flanker . Andy Hare was awarded the Butch Nash Award. David Puk was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[4]

The total attendance was 426,918, which averaged out to 60,985 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14 Wichita State* MetrodomeMinneapolis W 28–14   56,094
September 21 Montana* Metrodome • Minneapolis W 62–17   55,700
September 28 No. 2 Oklahoma* Metrodome • Minneapolis L 7–13   62,446
October 5 Purdue Metrodome • Minneapolis W 45–15   59,503
October 12 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 21–10   24,512
October 19 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana W 22–7   38,826
October 26 No. 9 Ohio Statedagger No. 20 Metrodome • Minneapolis L 19–23   64,455
November 2 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan L 26–31   63,758
November 9 Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 27–18   64,571
November 16 No. 8 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug) L 7–48   64,129
November 23 at No. 3 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) L 9–31   66,020
December 21 vs. Clemson Independence StadiumShreveport, Louisiana (Independence Bowl) W 20–13   -
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bio: John Gutekunst, 2007, retrieved November 19, 2007 
  3. ^ a b Year-by-Year Results, 2007, archived from the original on July 20, 2008, retrieved November 25, 2007 
  4. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160