1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Liberty Bowl, L 21–28 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big Ten Conference
1986 record 6–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst (1st year)
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Michigan + 7 1 0     11 2 0
#7 Ohio State + 7 1 0     10 3 0
#16 Iowa 5 3 0     9 3 0
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     3 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1986 college football season. In their first full year under head coach John Gutekunst, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6-6 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 316 to 261.[1] The team went to a second straight bowl game for the second time in school history (the first being the 1961 and 1962 Rose Bowls).[2]

Freshman tailback Darrell Thompson was named the Big Ten's freshman of the year.[3] Thompson and kicker Chip Lohmiller were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Center Ray Hitchcock, Safety Larry Joyner and offensive linemen Jim Hobbins and Troy Wolkow were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Jim Hobbins were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[5] Linebacker Mark Dusbabek was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[5] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[5] Offensive tackle Anthony Burke was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[5] Offensive tackle Norries Wilson was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[5]

Total attendance for the season was 335,150, which averaged out to 55,858 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 7:00 PM Bowling Green* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 31–7   51,317
September 20 1:30 PM at #1 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 0–63   75,463
September 27 7:00 PM Pacific* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20–24   50,270
October 4 1:10 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 36–9   55,177
October 11 7:00 PM Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 44–23   55,177
October 18 11:30 AM Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 19–17   52,960
October 25 11:50 AM at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS L 0–33   89,936
November 1 7:00 PM Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 23–52   57,408
November 8 1:05 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 27–20   65,018
November 15 12:00 PM at #2 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) CBS W 20–17   104,864
November 22 6:00 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) WTBS L 27–30   65,018
December 29 7:00 PM vs. Tennessee* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) Raycom L 14–21   51,327
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Minnesota 0 17 10 0 27
Wisconsin 0 10 10 0 20
  • MINN: Thompson 26 Rush, 117 Yds

[7]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Minnesota 0 7 10 3 20
Michigan 0 10 0 7 17

[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). p. 190. 
  3. ^ a b c Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). p. 180. 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). p. 182. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Keiser, Jeff (2007). "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). p. 181. 
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  7. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1986 Nov 9.
  8. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1986 Nov 16.