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 NCAA Division I-A 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 No. 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 No. 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.