Minnesota Golden Gophers football statistical leaders

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Golden Gophers represent the University of Minnesota in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Minnesota began competing in intercollegiate football in 1882,[1] the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1945. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are sometimes not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since 1945, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Gophers have played in 12 bowl games since then, allowing giving recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.


Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]


Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]



Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[20]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]






Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers Media Guide" (PDF). GopherSports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  2. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". ESPN.com. AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mitch Leidner". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  4. ^ a b c "Weber's 5 TDs propel Minnesota despite penalties, Decker's absence". ESPN.com. 2009-10-31.
  5. ^ a b "Buckeyes win ninth straight road game vs. Gophers". ESPN.com. 2005-10-29.
  6. ^ a b "Kaeding ties school mark with 4 FGs". ESPN.com. 2003-11-15.
  7. ^ "Banner day for Cupito, Minnesota gives Gophers first conference win". ESPN.com. 2006-11-04.
  8. ^ "Northwestern 49, Minnesota 48, OT". ESPN.com. 2009-10-13.
  9. ^ MicronPC.com Bowl
  10. ^ a b c d e "Rodney Smith". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "RSESPN" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  11. ^ "Minnesota 42, Ohio 20". ESPN.com. 2003-09-13.
  12. ^ "Mitch Leidner boosts Minnesota to win over SJSU". ESPN.com. 2013-09-21.
  13. ^ a b c d "Drew Wolitarsky". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  14. ^ "KJ Maye". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  15. ^ a b "Decker ties receiving record as Minnesota stops IU". ESPN.com. 2008-10-04.
  16. ^ "Florida Atlantic 42, Minnesota 39". ESPN.com. 2007-09-15.
  17. ^ "Two long TD passes get Gophers going". ESPN.com. 2003-10-04.
  18. ^ "Paulus loses Syracuse debut after tossing interception in OT". ESPN.com. 2009-09-05.
  19. ^ "Payne hauls in 4 TDs; Temple loses 62-0 for second straight week". ESPN.com. 2006-09-16.
  20. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  21. ^ "Gilreath, Brown give Wisconsin boost over Minnesota". ESPN.com. 2009-11-17.
  22. ^ "Northwestern upsets Minnesota with late pick for touchdown". ESPN.com. 2008-11-01.
  23. ^ "Spartans' Cobb returns kickoff 100 yards". ESPN.com. 2003-10-18.
  24. ^ "Cupito sets Minnesota mark as Spartans' sad season continues". ESPN.com. 2006-11-11.
  25. ^ a b c "Emmit Carpenter". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  26. ^ Music City Bowl