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1996 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996 record4–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Wacker
Defensive coordinatorTim Rose
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth and final season under head coach Jim Wacker.[1] The Golden Gophers won four games, notably defeating 23rd ranked Syracuse.[1] Total attendance for the season was 261,113, which averaged out to 43,519 per game.[2] The season high for attendance was again rival Iowa.[2]

Linebacker Luke Braaten, offensive tackle James Elizondo, offensive guard Pat Hau, quarterback Rob Jones, long snapper Derek Rackley, cornerback Fred Rodgers, quarterback Cory Sauter, linebacker Jim Tallman, linebacker Parc Williams and quarterback Spergon Wynn were named Academic All-Big Ten.[3]

Wide receiver Ryan Thelwell and offensive tackle Gann Brooks were awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award.[4] Wide receiver Tutu Atwell was awarded the Bruce Smith Award.[4] Parc Williams was awarded the Carl Eller Award.[4] Free Safety Rishon Early was awarded the Bobby Bell Award.[4] Cory Sauter was awarded the Butch Nash Award.[4] Defensive tackle Jerome Davis was awarded the Paul Giel Award.[4]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7* 7:00 PM at NE Louisiana Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 30–3   24,842
September 14* 7:00 PM Ball State Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 26–23   41,007
September 21* 7:30 PM #23 Syracuse Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 35–33   45,756
October 5 11:20 AM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN Creative L 27–30   39,343
October 12 11:30 AM at #15 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 24–26   35,848
October 19† 3:00 PM Michigan State Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 9–27   45,434
October 26 6:00 PM #10 Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN2 L 10–44   41,246
November 2 11:30 AM at #2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 L 0–45   93,588
November 9 11:20 AM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) Creative L 28–45   78,006
November 16 6:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 23–21   34,321
November 23 7:30 PM Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 L 24–43   53,349
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 202, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
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