1959 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1959 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1959 record 2–7 (1–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (6th season)
MVP Tom Moe
Captain Mike Wright
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Wisconsin $ 5 2 0     7 3 0
Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
No. 13 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled a 2–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 159 to 98.[1]

End Tom Moe received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Tackle Mike Wright was named an Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten. Offensive lineman Jerome Shetler was also named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance at five home games was 263,983, an average of 52,796 per game. The largest crowd was against Michigan.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis (Rivalry) L 12–32   50,951
October 3 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 24–14   52,927
October 10 at No. 2 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois L 0–6   41,211
October 17 at No. 13 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois L 6–14   57,485
October 24 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug) L 6–14   57,354
October 31 Vanderbilt*dagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 20–6   49,284
November 7 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Rivalry) L 0–33   57,000
November 14 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana L 23–29   34,655
November 21 No. 9 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) L 7–11   53,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1959 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. 160 [permanent dead link]