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1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1942 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach George Hauser, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 152 to 91.[1]

1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
APNo. 19
1942 record5–4 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coachGeorge Hauser (1st season)
MVPDick Wildung
CaptainDick Wildung
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1941
1943 →
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
No. 3 Wisconsin 4 1 0     8 1 1
No. 9 Michigan 3 2 0     7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0     6 4 0
No. 19 Minnesota 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0     7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Stern, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine.[2] Wildung was also named All-Big Ten first team.[3]

Dick Wildung was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

The Gophers hosted the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight school at the University of Iowa. The Pre-Flight team was coached by Bernie Bierman,[5] who had coached the Golden Gophers to five national titles between 1934 and 1941, and resumed coaching the Golden Gophers in 1945.[6]

Total attendance for the season was 231,307, which averaged to 38,551.[7] The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[7]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 26Pittsburgh*W 50–722,000
October 3Iowa Pre-Flight*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
L 6–737,500
October 10at IllinoisL 13–2024,276
October 17at Nebraska*No. 14W 15–225,000
October 24No. 4 Michigan No. 13
W 16–1455,000
October 31NorthwesternNo. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 19–737,000
November 7IndianaNo. 7
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
L 0–732,000
November 14No. 12 IowaNo. 16
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry)
W 27–733,000
November 21No. 7 WisconsinNo. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry)
L 6–2046,000
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

MichiganEdit

Week 5: Michigan at Minnesota
1 234Total
Michigan 7 007 14
Minnesota 0 777 21

In the fifth week of the season, Minnesota defeated Michigan, 16–14. Tom Kuzma ran for touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters, and Jim Brieske converted both PATs. Bill Daley, who would go on to play for Michigan in 1943, ran 44 yards for a tying touchdown in the second quarter.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1942 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 179[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Scott, John (1997), 1942 Iowa Seahawks (PDF), College Football Historical Society, p. 13
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 195[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "MINNESOTA HALTS MICHIGAN, 16 TO 14; 55,000 Watch Gophers Gain Their First Conference Victory of Season". The New York Times. November 22, 1942. Retrieved 14 January 2012.