1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1996 record 4–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Wacker (5th year)
Defensive coordinator Tim Rose
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
#15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
#7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1996 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Jim Wacker, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 340 to 236.[1]

Linebacker Luke Braaten, offensive tackle James Elizondo, offensive guard Pat Hau, quarterback Rob Jones, long snapper Derek Rackley, cornerback Fred Rodgers, quarterback Cory Sauter, linebacker Jim Tallman, linebacker Parc Williams and quarterback Spergon Wynn were named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Wide receiver Ryan Thelwell and offensive tackle Gann Brooks were awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[3] Wide receiver Tutu Atwell was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[3] Parc Williams was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[3] Free Safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[3] Cory Sauter was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[3] Defensive tackle Jerome Davis was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 261,113, which averaged out to 43,519 per game.[4] The season high for attendance was again rival Iowa.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM at NE Louisiana* Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 30–3   24,842
September 14 7:00 PM Ball State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 26–23   41,007
September 21 7:30 PM #23 Syracuse* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 35–33   45,756
October 5 11:20 AM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN+ L 27–30   39,343
October 12 11:30 AM at #15 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 24–26   35,848
October 19 3:00 PM Michigan Statedagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 9–27   45,434
October 26 6:00 PM #10 Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN2 L 10–44   41,246
November 2 11:30 AM at #2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 L 0–45   93,588
November 9 11:20 AM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN+ L 28–45   78,006
November 16 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC W 23–21   34,321
November 23 7:30 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 L 24–43   53,349
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1995-1999)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 182 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 
  4. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160