1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1973 record 7–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Cal Stoll (2nd season)
MVP Steve Neils, Matt Herkenhoff
Captain Mike Steidl
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State + 7 0 1     10 0 1
No. 6 Michigan + 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1973 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Cal Stoll, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–4 record but were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 295 to 260.[1]

End Steve Neils and offensive tackle Matt Herkenhoff shared the team's Most Valuable Player award. Neils and end Keith Fahnhorst were named All-Big Ten first team. Offensive guard Darrel Bunge and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team. Defensive lineman Jeff Gunderson was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 245,706, which averaged to 40,951. The season high for attendance was against Nebraska.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 15 at No. 3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 7–56   86,005
September 22 North Dakota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis W 41–14   35,477
September 29 at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas L 19–34   30,205
October 6 No. 2 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) L 7–48   56,782
October 13 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 24–3   37,710
October 20 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Rivalry) W 31–23   55,137
October 27 No. 4 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug) L 7–34   44,435
November 3 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 52–43   30,081
November 10 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 34–7   36,890
November 17 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 19–16   34,438
November 24 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) W 19–17   34,412
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
• Minnesota 6 1627 31
Iowa 14 360 23

Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 7 142110 52
Northwestern 7 71415 43

[4]

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 0 070 7
Minnesota 17 1007 34

[5]

Roster[edit]

1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 72 Matt Herkenhoff Sr
T 71 Dave Simonson Sr
RB 40 Rick Upchurch Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 22 Doug Beaudoin So
DE 97 Steve Neils So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2018-03-11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1973 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 
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 4.
  5. ^ "Gophers Shock Purdue." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 11.