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1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1997 record3–9 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coachGlen Mason
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 63,669)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/2 Michigan   8 0         12 0  
#12/12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16/17 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15/15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1997 season was the Golden Gophers' first season under head coach Glen Mason.[1] The Golden Gophers only won three games, but nearly defeated the #1 ranked team in the AP Poll, the Penn State Nittany Lions.[1] Total attendance for the season was 269,385, which averaged out to 44,897 per game.[2] The season high for attendance was against rival Wisconsin.[2]

Defensive end Lamanzer Williams was named an All-American by the College Football Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.[3] Williams was also named All-Big Ten first team.[4] Wide Receiver Tutu Atwell and strong safety Tyrone Carter were named All-Big Ten second team.[4] Linebacker Luke Braaten, cornerback Jason Hagman, placekicker Erin McManus, fullback Brad Prigge, long snapper Derek Rackley, quarterback Cory Sauter, defensive tackle Theron von Behren and linebacker Parc Williams were named Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 8:00 PM at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI L 3–17   31,510
September 13* 6:00 PM Iowa State Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 53–29   55,943
September 20* 6:00 PM at Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 20–17   23,208
September 27* 6:00 PM Houston Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 43–45   36,447
October 4 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 10–31   75,263
October 11 6:00 PM Purdue Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 43–59   37,821
October 18 11:00 AM at #1 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN+ L 15–16   96,953
October 25 11:30 AM Wisconsin Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN2 L 21–22   57,563
November 1 11:00 AM at #4 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Battle for the Little Brown Jug) ESPN+ L 3–24   106,577
November 8 3:00 PM #7 Ohio State Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN L 3–31   47,706
November 15 6:00 PM Indiana Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 24–12   33,905
November 22 1:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) L 0–31   64,591
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 160, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
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