1947 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1947 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Nine Conference
1947 record 6–3 (3–3 Big Nine)
Head coach Bernie Bierman (13th season)
MVP Larry Olsonoski
Captain Steve Silianoff
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Minnesota 3 3 0     6 3 0
Illinois 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 3 1     5 3 1
Iowa 2 3 1     3 5 1
Northwestern 2 4 0     3 6 0
Ohio State 1 4 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1947 Big Nine Conference football season. In their 13th year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6–3 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 174 to 127.[1]

Guard Leo Nomellini was named All-Big Ten.[2] Guard Larry Olsonoski was awarded the Team MVP Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 289,612, which averaged to 57,922. The season high for attendance was against Purdue.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 27 Washington* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis W 7–6   43,377
October 4 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska (Rivalry) W 28–13   34,000
October 12 Northwestern No. 17 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 37–21   59,598
October 18 at No. 6 Illinois No. 13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois L 13–40   56,048
October 25 at No. 1 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan (Little Brown Jug) L 6–13   85,938
November 1 Pittsburgh* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 29–0   55,624
November 8 No. 14 Purduedagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 26–21   63,659
November 15 at Iowa No. 20 Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Rivalry) L 7–13   50,000
November 22 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 21–0   63,862
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota at Michigan
1 234Total
Minnesota 0 600 6
Michigan 0 706 13

In the fifth week of the season, Minnesota a close game against Michigan by a score of 13–6. Michigan scored first on a long touchdown pass from Bob Chappuis to Bump Elliott. The final touchdown in the fourth quarter followed a 24-yard interception return by Jack Weisenburger to the Minnesota 21-yard line. Gene Derricotte scored after faking to the right and then running through a hole on the left side and into the end zone. Chappuis was held to 26 rushing yards, less than two yards per carry.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1947 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. 180 [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Walter W. Ruch (October 19, 1947). "Michigan Topples Minnesota, 13 to 6: Wolverines, Outrushed by the Gophers, Take Advantage of Breaks Before 85,000". The New York Times.