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1988 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten
1988 record2–7–2 (0–6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Gutekunst
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 62,218)
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.[1] The Golden Gophers won two games, lost seven and tied two.[1] Total attendance for the season was 312,596, which averaged out to 44,657 per game.[2] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2] 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.[3] Punter Brent Herbel and offensive lineman Brent Liimatta were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Wide receiver Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[5] Split end Chris Gaiters was awarded the Bruce Smith Award. Chris Gaiters was selected as a 3rd team All-American.[5] Strong safety Joel Brown was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[5] Brent Herbel was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[5] Defensive tackle Ross Ukkelberg was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[5] Center Pat Hart was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10* 7:00 PM Washington State MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 9–41   40,011
September 17* 7:00 PM Miami (OH) Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 35–3   39,343
September 24* 7:00 PM Northern Illinois Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31–20   40,007
October 1 1:30 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 10–14   61,805
October 8† 7:00 PM Northwestern Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN Raycom T 28–28   44,566
October 15 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 13–33   51,154
October 22 7:00 PM Ohio State Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN Raycom L 6–13   44,221
October 29 7:00 PM Illinois Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN T 27–27   40,554
November 5 2:30 PM at #14 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) ABC L 7–22   102,171
November 12 1:05 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) L 7–14   40,467
November 19 7:00 PM Iowa Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) Raycom L 22–31   63,894
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


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