1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1997 record 3–9 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Glen Mason (1st year)
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
#12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Glen Mason, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–9 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 340 to 236.[1]

Defensive end Lamanzer Williams was named an All-American by the College Football Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.[2] Williams was also named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Wide Receiver Tutu Atwell and strong safety Tyrone Carter were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Linebacker Luke Braaten, cornerback Jason Hagman, placekicker Erin McManus, fullback Brad Prigge, long snapper Derek Rackley, quarterback Cory Sauter, defensive tackle Theron von Behren and linebacker Parc Williams were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 269,385, which averaged out to 44,897 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:00 PM at Hawaii* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI L 3–17   31,510
September 13 6:00 PM Iowa State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN MSC W 53–29   55,943
September 20 6:00 PM at Memphis* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN MSC W 20–17   23,208
September 27 6:00 PM Houston* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC L 43–45   36,447
October 4 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 10–31   75,263
October 11 6:00 PM Purdue Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC L 43–59   37,821
October 18 11:00 AM at No. 1 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN+ L 15–16   96,953
October 25 11:30 AM Wisconsin Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN2 L 21–22   57,563
November 1 11:00 AM at No. 4 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Battle for the Little Brown Jug) ESPN+ L 3–24   106,577
November 8 3:00 PM No. 7 Ohio State Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 3–31   47,706
November 15 6:00 PM Indiana Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN MSC W 24–12   33,905
November 22 1:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) L 0–31   64,591
*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. 179 
  3. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 182 
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160