Minnesota Golden Gophers football under John Gutekunst

Minnesota Golden Gophers football under John Gutekunst

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was lead for six full seasons from 1986 to 1991 by John Gutekunst.[1] Coach Gutekunst also coached the Golden Gophers in the 1985 Independence Bowl.[2] The team had a 29-36-2 overall record.[1] In the Big Ten they had a record of 18-28-2.[3] Darrell Thompson was named Big Ten freshman of the year.[4] Seven players were named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Seventeen players were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel was named Academic All-American first team.[5] Twenty-two players were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

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1985

1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Independence Bowl, Won, 20-13
Conference Big Ten
1985 record 7-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/9 Iowa 7 1 0     10 2 0
#2/2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
#14/11 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

When former Minnesota head coach Lou Holtz left the Golden Gophers to coach at Notre Dame, assistant John Gutekunst was tapped to coach the Golden Gophers in the 1985 Independence Bowl.[2] Attendance was 42,845.[6]

Quarterback Rickey Foggie was named offensive player of the game, while linebacker Bruce Holmes was named defensive player of the game.[6]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
12/21/1985 vs. Clemson* Independence StadiumShreveport, LA W 20-13   42,800
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1986

1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Liberty Bowl, Lost, 28-21
Conference Big Ten
1986 record 6-6 (5-3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Michigan § 7 1 0     11 2 0
#7/6 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 3 0
#16/15 Iowa 5 3 0     9 3 0
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     3 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1986 season was the Golden Gophers' first season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and went to a second straight bowl game for the second time in school history (the first being the 1961 and 1962 Rose Bowls).[7] Total attendance for the season was 335,150, which averaged out to 55,858 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[8]

Freshman tailback Darrell Thompson was named the Big Ten's freshman of the year.[4] Thompson and kicker Chip Lohmiller were named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Center Ray Hitchcock, Safety Larry Joyner and offensive linemen Jim Hobbins and Troy Wolkow were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Jim Hobbins were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[9] Linebacker Mark Dusbabek was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Offensive tackle Anthony Burke was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Offensive tackle Norries Wilson was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/13/1986 Bowling Green* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31-7   51,317
09/20/1986 at #1 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 0-63   75,004
09/27/1986 Pacific* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20-24   50,270
10/04/1986 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 36-9   55,177
10/11/1986 Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 44-23   55,177
10/18/1986 Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   52,960
10/25/1986 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 0-33   89,936
11/01/1986 Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 23-52   57,408
11/08/1986 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 27-20   65,018
11/15/1986 at #2 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20-17   104,864
11/22/1986 Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 27-30   65,018
12/29/1986 vs. Tennessee Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN L 14-21   51,327
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1987

1987 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1987 record 6-5 (3-5 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/8 Michigan State 7 0 1     9 2 1
#16/16 Iowa 6 2 0     10 3 0
#NR/20 Indiana 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/18 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 4 4 0     6 4 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 1
Illinois 2 5 1     3 7 1
Northwestern 2 6 0     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1987 season was the Golden Gophers' second season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 371,809, which averaged out to 55,116 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[8]

Offensive guard Troy Wilkow was named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, quarterback Rickey Foggie, tailback Darrell Thompson, kicker Chip Lohmiller and linebacker Jon Leverenz were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Dan Liimatta were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Rickey Foggie was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[9] Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Jon Leverenz was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Linebacker Brian Bonner was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Offensive tackle Dan Rechtin was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/12/1987 Northern Iowa* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 24-7   50,120
09/19/1987 California* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 32-23   47,322
09/26/1987 Central Michigan* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 30-10   46,868
10/03/1987 Purdue Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 21-19   49,376
10/10/1987 at Northwestern Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 45-33   22,104
10/17/1987 Indianadagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 17-18   60,340
10/24/1987 at #16 Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 9-42   89,801
10/31/1987 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 17-27   60,143
11/07/1987 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20-30   55,481
11/14/1987 Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 22-19   64,412
11/21/1987 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 20-34   67,700
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1988

1988 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1988 record 2-7-2 (0-6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 season was the Golden Gophers' third season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won two games, lost seven and tied two.[3] Total attendance for the season was 312,596, which averaged out to 44,657 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[8] The tie against Illinois was the last tie for the Golden Gophers and under current NCAA rules, it will be the last in Golden Gophers history.

Punter Brent Herbel was named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Brent Liimatta were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Wide receiver Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[9] Split end Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Chris Gaiters was selected as a 3rd team All-American.[9] Strong safety Joel Brown was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Brent Herbel was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Defensive tackle Ross Ukkelberg was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Center Pat Hart was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/10/1988 Washington State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 9-41   40,011
09/17/1988 Miami (OH)* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35-3   39,343
09/24/1988 Northern Illinois* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31-20   40,007
10/01/1988 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN L 10-14   61,805
10/08/1988 Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN T 28-28   44,566
10/15/1988 at Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN L 13-33   51,154
10/22/1988 Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 6-13   44,221
10/29/1988 Illinois Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN T 27-27   40,554
11/05/1988 at #14 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 7-22   102,171
11/12/1988 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 7-14   40,467
11/19/1988 Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 22-31   63,894
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1989

1989 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1989 record 6-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#10/10 Illinois 7 1 0     10 2 0
#16/16 Michigan State 6 2 0     8 4 0
#24/NR Ohio State 6 2 0     8 4 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 1 7 0     2 9 0
Northwestern 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1989 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 237,552, which averaged out to 39,592 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the Nebraska.[8]

Kicker Brent Berglund, offensive lineman Dan Liimata, tailback Darrell Thompson and defensive tackle Mike Sunvold were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Punter Brent Herbel was named Academic All-American.[5] Running back Pat Cummings, punter Brent Herbel, offensive lineman Dan Liimatta, offensive lineman Jon Melander, quarterback Scott Schaffner and linebacker Joel Staats were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[9] Linebacker Eddie Miles was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[9] Brent Berglund was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Dan Liimatta was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Jon Melander was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/16/1989 at Iowa State* Jack Trice Stadium • Ames, IA W 30-20   45,410
09/23/1989 #3 Nebraska* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 0-48   58,368
09/30/1989 Indiana State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 34-14   34,280
10/07/1989 Purduedagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35-15   36,621
10/14/1989 at Northwestern Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 20-18   26,849
10/21/1989 at Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN L 18-28   51,069
10/28/1989 Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 37-41   33,945
11/04/1989 Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 24-22   39,325
11/11/1989 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 7-21   73,259
11/18/1989 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 15-49   35,013
11/25/1989 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 43-7   67,700
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1990

1990 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1990 record 6-5 (5-3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#16/14 Michigan State § 6 2 0     8 3 1
#25/24 Illinois § 6 2 0     8 4 0
#18/16 Iowa § 6 2 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 5 2 1     7 4 1
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 4 1     6 5 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     2 9 0
Purdue 1 7 0     2 9 0
Wisconsin 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1990 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[3] Total attendance for the season was 243,511, which averaged out to 40,585 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the Iowa.[8]

Center Chris Thome was named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Offensive tackle Mike Sunvold and defensive back Sean Lumpkin were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Quarterback Scott Schaffner and linebacker Joel Staats were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Mike Sunvold was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Carl Eller Award.[9] Quarterback Marquel Fleetwood was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Cornerback Kenneth Sebree was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Cornerback Frank Jackson was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Running back Jim King was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/08/1990 Utah* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 29-35   32,229
09/15/1990 Iowa State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 20-16   37,108
09/22/1990 at #8 Nebraska* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE L 0-56   76,354
10/06/1990 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN W 19-7   34,123
10/13/1990 Northwesterndagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35-25   32,522
10/20/1990 Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 12-0   38,227
10/27/1990 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 23-52   83,945
11/03/1990 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 21-3   51,189
11/10/1990 #24 Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 16-28   38,731
11/17/1990 at #16 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 18-35   102,112
11/24/1990 Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31-24   64,694
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1991

1991 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten
1991 record 2-9 (1-7 Big Ten)
Head coach John Gutekunst
Home stadium H.H.H. Metrodome
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#10/10 Iowa 7 1 0     10 1 1
Ohio State 5 3 0     8 4 0
Indiana 5 3 0     7 4 1
Illinois 4 4 0     6 6 0
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Minnesota 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1991 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth and final season under head coach John Gutekunst.[3] The Golden Gophers won two games and lost nine.[3] Total attendance for the season was 218,219, which averaged out to 36,369 per game.[8] The season high for attendance was against the San José State.[8]

Offensive linemen Chip Brixius, defensive back Chris Cohen, wide receiver Omar Douglas, linebacker Dan LiSanti, running back Ken McClintock, defensive back Jeff Rosga and linebacker Lance Wolkow were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Defensive back Sean Lumpkin was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Carl Eller Award.[9] Tight end Patt Evans was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[9] Ken McClintock was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[9] Linebacker Joel Staats was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[9] Quarterback Scott Schaffner was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[9]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/14/1991 San José State* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 26-20   47,914
09/21/1991 at #19 Colorado* Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 58-0   52,147
09/28/1991 #18 Pittsburgh* Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 14-13   39,511
10/05/1991 at #22 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 24-3   57,981
10/12/1991 Purduedagger Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 6-3   31,939
10/19/1991 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 20-12   75,097
10/25/1991 #4 Michigan Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 52-6   32,577
11/02/1991 at Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN L 34-8   44,095
11/09/1991 #19 Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 35-6   30,145
11/16/1991 Wisconsin Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 19-16   36,133
11/23/1991 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 23-8   69,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


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