1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1945 record 4–5 (1–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (11th season)
MVP Bob Fitch
Captain Game captains
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1944
1946 →
1945 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Indiana $ 5 0 1     9 0 1
No. 6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
No. 12 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 3 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 1     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 5 0     4 5 0
Iowa 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1945 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1945 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 11th non-consecutive year under head coach Bernie Bierman (Bierman was not Minnesota's coach from 1942 to 1944), the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 177 to 55.[1]

Tackle Bob Fitch was awarded the team's MVP award.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 246,931, which averaged to 41,155, the season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22 Missouri* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis W 34–0   34,246
October 6 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska (Rivalry) W 61–7   25,000
October 13 Fort Warren* No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 14–0   32,465
October 20 Northwesterndagger No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 30–7   55,940
October 27 No. 12 Ohio State No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis L 7–20   56,000
November 3 at No. 10 Michigan No. 16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan (Little Brown Jug) L 0–26   84,472
November 10 No. 6 Indiana No. 20 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis L 0–49   41,400
November 17 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Rivalry) L 19–20   13,880
November 24 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) L 12–26   34,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 7: Minnesota at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 7 0 0 19 26

On November 3, 1945, Minnesota lost to Michigan by a 26 to 0 score. Michigan's touchdowns were scored by Yerges (short run in the first quarter), fullback Jack Weisenburger (13-yard run in fourth quarter), and halfbacks Wally Teninga and Warren Bentz (12-yard pass from Don Robinson). Bob Callahan kicked two points after touchdown. Michigan gained 261 rushing yards and 131 passing yards in the game.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1945 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. 181 [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 
  4. ^ a b Edward Burns (November 4, 1945). "Michigan Crushes Minnesota, 26 to 0; Scores 3 Times in 4th". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.