1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1952 record 4–3–2 (3–1–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Wes Fesler (2nd season)
MVP Paul Giel
Captain Richard Anderson
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 Big Nine football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 11 Wisconsin + 4 1 1     6 3 1
No. 18 Purdue + 4 1 1     4 3 2
No. 17 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1952 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Wes Fesler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–3–2 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 171 to 131.[1]

Halfback Paul Giel was named an All-American by the Associated Press, FWAA and Look Magazine. Giel received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player of the Big Ten. Giel, running back Bob MacNamara and guard Percy Zachary were named All-Big Ten first team. Giel finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy.[2]

Paul Giel was awarded the Team MVP Award.[3]

Total attendance for the season was 270,292, which averaged to 54,058. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 27 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 13–19   49,000
October 4 No. 4 California* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13–49   55,204
October 11 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27–26   46,732
October 18 No. 17 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13–7   54,787
October 25 at No. 19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 0–21   70,858
November 1 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 17–7   60,376
November 8 No. 9 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 14–14   53,193
November 15 at Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) W 13–7   40,000
November 22 at No. 13 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) T 21–21   52,131
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1952 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 [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]