1892 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1892 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
IAANW champion
Conference Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest
1892 record 5–0 (3–0 IAANW)
Head coach none
Captain William C. Leary
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1893 →
1892 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota $ 3 0 0     5 0 0
Wisconsin 2 2 0     4 3 0
Michigan 1 2 0     7 5 0
Northwestern 1 3 0     6 4 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1892 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1892 college football season. After the departure of Tom Eck, head coach in 1891, the University of Minnesota team played for one season without a coach. This year, an organization was formed called the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest by representatives of Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern.[1]:20 Minnesota went undefeated this season, including wins over all three other members of the league, so they won the first league championship.[1]:22

The game against Michigan was Minnesota's first game in the historic rivalry that would spawn the most famous of all rivalry trophies, the Little Brown Jug. The game against Northwestern was also the first meeting with that school.


Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 Ex-Collegiates* Minneapolis W 18–10  
October 17 Michigan Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 14–6  
October 22 Grinnell* Minneapolis W 40–24  
October 29 Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin (Rivalry) W 32–4[2]  
November 8 at Northwestern Evanston, Illinois W 16–12  
*Non-conference game.


  • Center, James E. Madigan
  • Guards, Everhard P. Harding (right guard); Augustus T. Larson (left guard)
  • Tackles George C. Sikes (right tackle); Constant Larson (left tackle)
  • Ends Edgar C. Bisbee (right end); William F. Dalrymple (left end)
  • Quarterback, Alfred F. Pillsbury
  • Halfbacks, William C. Leary (captain and right halfback); Eugene L. Patterson (left halfback)
  • Fullback, Russell H. Folwell
  • Substitutes, David R. Burbank, Harry E. White, Fred W. Foote, John E. LeCrone, William C. Muir.[1]:38

Game note[edit]


October 17, 1892, Minnesota faced Michigan in Minneapolis. The game was the first of more than 90 meetings in the Little Brown Jug rivalry. Minnesota won the game, 14–6. The game was played on a Monday afternoon during a hard rain that made the field wet and muddy. The Detroit Free Press's account of the game reported that Michigan was "badly outclassed at center and could not withstand Minnesota's rush."[3] At the end of a 45-minute first half, Minnesota led 10-0. Michigan's only touchdown came on a long run by George Jewett in the second half. Jewett and Ralph Hayes were also praised for making "great tackles."[3]


  1. ^ a b c The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell, ed. The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota defeats Wisconsin 32-4". Milwaukee Journal. October 31, 1892. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Foot Ball: Michigan Beaten by Minnesota". Detroit Free Press. October 18, 1892. p. 8. (The Detroit Free Press reported the game's final score as 16–6, the difference in the accounts being the goal after touchdown on Minnesota's final touchdown in the second half.)