1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
|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|
|1985 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 10 Iowa $||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 2 Michigan||6||–||1||–||1||10||–||1||–||1|
|No. 14 Ohio State||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
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.
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. Attendance was 42,845.
Quarterback Rickey Foggie was named offensive player of the game, while linebacker Bruce Holmes was named defensive player of the game. 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.
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.
|September 14||Wichita State*||Metrodome • Minneapolis||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 Stadium • Evanston, Illinois||W 21–10||24,512|
|October 19||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, Indiana||W 22–7||38,826|
|October 26||No. 9 Ohio State||No. 20||Metrodome • Minneapolis||L 19–23||64,455|
|November 2||at Michigan State||Spartan Stadium • East 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 Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale)||L 9–31||66,020|
|December 21||vs. Clemson||Independence Stadium • Shreveport, Louisiana (Independence Bowl)||W 20–13||-|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- "1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Bio: John Gutekunst, 2007, retrieved November 19, 2007
- Year-by-Year Results, 2007, archived from the original on July 20, 2008, retrieved November 25, 2007
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182[permanent dead link]
- Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160