1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1972 record 4–7 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll (1st season)
MVP John King
Captain Bob Morgan
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 1 0
No. 9 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Cal Stoll, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 304 to 185.[1]

Fullback John King received the team's Most Valuable Player award. King was also named All-Big Ten first team. Defensive back Tim Alderson was named All-Big Ten second team. Offensive lineman Doug Kingsriter was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 221,553, which averaged to 36,925. The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 23–27   35,783
September 23 No. 3 Colorado* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 6–38   42,703
September 30 at No. 7 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) L 0–49   76,217
October 7 Kansas* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 28–34   31,595
October 14 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3–28   37,287
October 21 Iowadagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 43–14   44,196
October 28 at No. 5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 0–42   84,190
November 4 at No. 5 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 19–27   86,439
November 11 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35–29   32,771
November 18 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14–10   33,001
November 25 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 14–6   60,746
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 72 Matt Herkenhoff Jr
TE 83 Doug Kingsriter Sr
T 71 Dave Simonson Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 22 Doug Beaudoin Fr
LB 33 Tom MacLeod Sr
DE 97 Steve Neils Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972 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