1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1946 record 5–4 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (12th season)
MVP Billy Bye
Captain Robert Sandberg
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Illinois $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 6 Michigan 5 1 1     6 2 1
No. 20 Indiana 4 2 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 4 0     5 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 1     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 3 1     4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0     4 5 0
Purdue 0 5 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1946 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1946 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 12th year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 5–4 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 130 to 114.[1]

Halfback Billy Bye was awarded the Team MVP Award.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 328,003, which averaged to 54,667. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 28 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis (Rivalry) W 33–6   51,096
October 5 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis L 0–21   53,648
October 12 at No. 10 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois L 7–14   40,000
October 19 Wyoming* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 46–0   46,087
October 26 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 9–39   76,611
November 2 No. 13 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug) L 0–21   58,476
November 9 Purduedagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 13–7   58,341
November 16 No. 16 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 16–6   59,180
November 23 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin (Rivalry) W 6–0   45,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 6: Michigan at Minnesota
1 234Total
Michigan 0 777 21
Minnesota 0 000 0

On November 2, 1946, Minnesota lost to by a score of 21 to 0. In the second quarter, Michigan relied on the passing game in its first touchdown drive, as Bob Chappuis completed a pass for 43 yards to Elmer Madar and Bump Elliott then ran two yards for the touchdown on a fourth-down play. Elliott scored again in the third quarter on a 10-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Gene Derricotte threw a pass to Bob Mann that was good for 42 yards and a touchdown. Jim Brieske kicked all three points after touchdown. Michigan gained 183 rushing yards and 174 passing yards, while holding Minnesota to 130 rushing yards and 40 passing yards.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1946 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 [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Wilfrid Smith (November 3, 1946). "Wolverines Top Gophers, 21-0; Take 2d". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.