1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1994 record3–8 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Wacker (3rd season)
CaptainChris Darkins, Ed Hawthorne
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State $ 8 0 0     12 0 0
No. 14 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
No. 12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Michigan State forfeited 5 wins, 4 conference wins
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach Jim Wacker, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–8 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 348 to 256.[1]

Defensive tackle Ed Hawthorne and linebacker Broderick Hall were named All-Big Ten first team.[2] Kicker Mike Chalberg was named All-Big Ten second team.[2] Defensive back Justin Conzemius was named first team Academic All-American.[3] Kicker Mike Chalberg, defensive back Justin Conzemius, offensive lineman Chris Fowlkes, offensive lineman Luke Glime, linebacker Luke Hiestand, offensive lineman Todd Jesewitz, linebacker Ben Langford, wide receiver Tony Levine, defensive back Dan LiSanti, linebacker Craig Sauer, quarterback Cory Sauter and linebacker Chris Smith were named Academic All-Big Ten.[3]

Chris Darkins was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[4] Craig Sauer was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[4] Free safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[4] Justin Conzemius was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[4] Ed Hawthorne was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[4]

The total attendance for the season was 253,851, which averaged to 42,308 per game.[5] The season attendance high was against Iowa, with 53,340 in attendance.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM No. 9 Penn State Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis L 3–56   51,134
September 10 7:00 PM Pacific* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis W 33–7   37,719
September 17 6:00 PM San Diego State* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis W 40–17   32,212
September 24 1:10 PM at Kansas State* KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas MSC L 0–35   40,002
October 1 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana L 14–25   38,195
October 8 1:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana L 37–49   33,158
October 15 6:00 PM Northwesterndagger Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis L 31–37   44,377
October 22 1:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 17–14   77,745
November 5 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, Minnesota L 17–21   35,069
November 12 12:00 PM at No. 19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan (Little Brown Jug) L 22–38   105,624
November 19 6:00 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis (Floyd of Rosedale) L 42–49   53,340
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 5 Rafael Cooper Fr
RB 44 Chris Darkins Jr
QB 17 Cory Sauter Fr
WR 4 Ryan Thelwell Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 90 Ed Hawthorne Sr
CB 24 Rodney Heath So
LB 16 Craig Sauer Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 180[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 182[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]