1970 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team Article

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1970 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1970 record3–6–1 (2–4–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (17th season)
MVP Jeff Wright
Captain Jeff Wright
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
←  1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 17th year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–6–1 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 237 to 180. [1]

Defensive back Jeff Wright received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Linebacker Bill Light and Wright were named All-Big Ten first team. Offensive tackle Alvin Hawes, running back Barry Mayer and safety Walt Bowser were named All-Big Ten second team. Mayer was named an Academic All-American. Mayer was also named Academic All-Big Ten. [2] The team included offensive lineman, Richard Fliehr, better known as professional wrestler Ric Flair.

Total attendance at five home games was 225,468, which averaged to 45,093. The largest crowd was against Nebraska. [3]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 19 at No. 10  Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri L 12–34   57,200
September 26 Ohio* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis W 49–7   39,593
October 3 No. 6  Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis ( Rivalry) L 10–35   52,287
October 10 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 23–0   40,220
October 17 at No. 1  Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 8–28   86,667
October 24 at No. 5  Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan ( Little Brown Jug) L 13–39   83,496
October 31 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis ( Rivalry) T 14–14   51,345
November 7 at  Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois L 14–28   33,437
November 14 Michigan Statedagger Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 23–13   42,834
November 21 at  Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin ( Rivalry) L 14–39   50,167
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster

1970 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Craig Curry Jr
T 72 Matt Herkenhoff Fr
TE 83 Doug Kingsriter So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 33 Tom MacLeod So
DB 27 Jeff Wright Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

References

  1. ^ "1970 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]