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1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Liberty Bowl, L 21–28 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceBig Ten
1986 record6–6 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Gutekunst
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
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. 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).[1] Total attendance for the season was 335,150, which averaged out to 55,858 per game.[2] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2]

Freshman tailback Darrell Thompson was named the Big Ten's freshman of the year.[3] Thompson and kicker Chip Lohmiller were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Center Ray Hitchcock, Safety Larry Joyner and offensive linemen Jim Hobbins and Troy Wolkow were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Paul Anderson, punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Jim Hobbins were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Darrell Thompson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award and Bruce Smith Award.[5] Linebacker Mark Dusbabek was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[5] Chip Lohmiller was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[5] Offensive tackle Anthony Burke was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[5] Offensive tackle Norries Wilson was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13* 7:00 PM Bowling Green MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 31–7   51,317
September 20* 1:30 PM at #1 Oklahoma Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 0–63   75,463
September 27* 7:00 PM Pacific Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 20–24   50,270
October 4 1:10 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 36–9   55,177
October 11† 7:00 PM Northwestern Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 44–23   55,177
October 18 11:30 AM Indiana Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 19–17   52,960
October 25 11:50 AM at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS L 0–33   89,936
November 1 7:00 PM Michigan State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 23–52   57,408
November 8 1:05 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 27–20   65,018
November 15 12:00 PM at #2 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) CBS W 20–17   104,864
November 22 6:00 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) WTBS L 27–30   65,018
December 29* 7:00 PM vs. Tennessee Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) Raycom L 14–21   51,327
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


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