2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their seventh year under head coach Glen Mason, the Golden Gophers compiled a 10–3 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 503 to 285.[1] The team made an appearance in the Sun Bowl. The 2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was ranked 17th in the final USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll and 20th in the final Associated Press poll. This was the most recent season in which Minnesota defeated the Wisconsin Badgers and received Paul Bunyan's Axe until 2018.

2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 31–30 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 20
2003 record10–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachGlen Mason (7th season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Hudson (2nd season)
CaptainAsad Abdul-Khaliq, Dan Kwapinski, Ben Utecht, Eli Ward
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Michigan $   7 1         10 3  
No. 4 Ohio State %   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Purdue   6 2         9 4  
No. 8 Iowa   5 3         10 3  
No. 20 Minnesota   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   5 3         8 5  
Wisconsin   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   4 4         6 7  
Penn State   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 10  
Illinois   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2003 Gopher-Wolverine game.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:00 PMTulsa*W 49–1036,623[2]
September 67:00 PMTroy State*
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPN+W 48–731,393[3]
September 131:00 PMat Ohio*ESPN+W 42–2020,227[4]
September 207:00 PMLouisiana–Lafayette*
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 48–1434,929[5]
September 2711:00 AMat Penn StateNo. 24ESPNW 20–14106,735[6]
October 411:00 AMat NorthwesternNo. 21ESPN+W 42–1723,539[7]
October 107:00 PMNo. 20 MichiganNo. 17
ESPNL 35–3862,374[8]
October 1811:00 AMNo. 15 Michigan StateNo. 25
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPN2L 38–4438,778[9]
October 2511:00 AMat IllinoisESPN+W 36–1046,407[10]
November 11:00 PMIndianaNo. 24
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 55–745,398[11]
November 811:00 AMWisconsinNo. 24
ESPNW 37–3459,543[12]
November 1511:00 AMat No. 20 IowaNo. 19ESPN2L 22–4070,397[13]
December 311:00 PMvs. Oregon*No. 24CBSW 31–3049,894[14]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 8 Asad Abdul-Khaliq Sr
RB 21 Marlon Barber III Jr
G 68 Mark Setterstrom So
TE 89 Matt Spaeth Fr
FB 44 Thomas Tapeh Sr
TE 82 Ben Utecht Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 95 Anthony Montgomery So
DT 51 Darrell Reid Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at #24/18 Minnesota
1 234Total
Wisconsin 3 10147 34
Minnesota 10 14310 37

External linksEdit

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Roster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
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  4. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abf.html
  5. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abe.html
  6. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abd.html
  7. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abc.html
  8. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abb.html
  9. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aba.html
  10. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aaz.html
  11. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aay.html
  12. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aax.html
  13. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aaw.html
  14. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411aav.html