1984 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1984 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1984 record 4–7 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Holtz (1st season)
MVP Rickey Foggie
Captain Mark Vonderhaar
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 Ohio State $ 7 2 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Purdue 6 3 0     7 5 0
No. 16 Iowa 5 3 1     8 4 1
Wisconsin 5 3 1     7 4 1
Michigan 5 4 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 5 4 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Indiana 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1984 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Lou Holtz, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–7 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 316 to 194.[1]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Linebacker Peter Najarian, punter Adam Kelly and offensive tackle Mark VonderHaar were named All-Big Ten second team. Linebacker Peter Najarian, defensive lineman Craig Paulson and running back David Puk were named Academic All-Big Ten.Mark VondeHaar was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Peter Najarian was awarded the Carl Eller Award. Strong safety Larry Joyner was awarded the Bobby Bell Award. Center John Kelly was awarded the Butch Nash Award. Flanker Dwayne McMullen was awarded the Paul Giel Award. [2]

Total attendance for the season was 310,745, which averaged out to 51,791 per game. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 Rice* MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 31–24   50,576
September 15 at No. 1 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) L 7–38   76,077
September 22 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 10–34   61,538
September 29 No. 3 Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 22–35   47,534
October 6 Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 33–24   44,786
October 13 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) W 17–14   78,770
October 20 Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 28–31   56,934
October 27 Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 13–20   47,427
November 3 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 3–48   76,056
November 10 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 7–31   101,247
November 17 Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Rivalry) W 23–17   63,479
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game summaries[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234Total
• Minnesota 0 773 17
Wisconsin 0 1400 14

Minnesota's defense stopped Wisconsin on fourth down at the Gophers' two-yard line after the Badgers had driven 90 yards following Lohmiller's go-ahead field goal.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 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]
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1984 Oct 14. Retrieved 2018-Aug-11.