1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second and final year under head coach Lou Holtz, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 293 to 240.[1]

1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Independence Bowl, W 20–13 vs. Clemson
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1985 record7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachLou Holtz (2nd year, regular season)
John Gutekunst (bowl game)
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Iowa $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
No. 14 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

When former Minnesota head coach Lou Holtz left the Golden Gophers to coach at the University of Notre Dame, assistant John Gutekunst was tapped to coach the Golden Gophers in the Independence Bowl.[2] Attendance was 42,845.[3]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was named offensive player of the game, while linebacker Bruce Holmes was named defensive player of the game.[3] Center Ray Hitchcock, linebacker Peter Najarian, offensive guard Jon Lilleberg and strong safety Larry Joyner were named All-Big Ten second team. Running back David Puk was named Academic All-American second team. Puk and linebacker Peter Najarian were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Ray Hitchcock was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Peter Najarian was awarded the Carl Eller Award. Kicker Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award. Flanker . Andy Hare was awarded the Butch Nash Award. David Puk was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[4]

The total attendance was 426,918, which averaged out to 60,985 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 14Wichita State*W 28–1456,094
September 21Montana*
  • Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
W 62–1755,700
September 28No. 2 Oklahoma*
  • Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
L 7–1362,446
October 5Purdue
  • Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
W 45–1559,503
October 12at NorthwesternW 21–1024,512
October 19at IndianaW 22–738,826
October 26No. 9 Ohio State No. 20
  • Metrodome
  • Minneapolis
L 19–2364,455
November 2at Michigan StateL 26–3163,758
November 9Wisconsin
W 27–1864,571
November 16No. 8 Michigan
L 7–4864,129
November 23at No. 3 IowaL 9–3166,020
December 21vs. Clemson*W 20–13-
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

PersonnelEdit

1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Rickey Foggie
WR Andy Hare
OG Jon Lilleberg (C)
RB David Puk
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Bruce Holmes
S Larry Joyner
LB Peter Najarian (C)
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Chip Lohmiller
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

OklahomaEdit

Oklahoma at Minnesota
1 234Total
No. 2 Oklahoma 3 703 13
Minnesota 0 007 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ohio StateEdit

Ohio State at Minnesota
1 234Total
No. 9 Buckeyes 0 10013 23
No. 20 Golden Gophers 3 970 19

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Minnesota
1 234Total
Badgers 3 906 18
Golden Gophers 7 10010 27
  • Passing: WIS Howard 16/32, 167, MIN Foggie 5/19, 242, 2 INT
  • Rushing: WIS Emery 25/124, MIN Baylor 11/43
  • Receiving: WIS Vinci 2/51, MIN Couch 2/124

[6]

MichiganEdit

Michigan at Minnesota
1 234Total
No. 8 Wolverines 10 21170 48
Golden Gophers 0 007 7

at IowaEdit

Minnesota at Iowa
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 3 006 9
No. 3 Hawkeyes 7 1077 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
52–24–2 1984 W 23–17

vs. Clemson (Independence Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Bio: John Gutekunst, 2007, retrieved November 19, 2007
  3. ^ a b Year-by-Year Results, 2007, archived from the original on July 20, 2008, retrieved November 25, 2007
  4. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1985 Nov 10. Retrieved 2019-Jan-29.