The Minnesota Golden Gophers were head coached by Cal Stoll for seven seasons from 1972 to 1978.[1] In those seven seasons, the Golden Gophers had 39 wins and 39 losses.[1] In the Big Ten, they won 27 games and lost 29.[2] Eleven players were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Sixteen players were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Twelve players were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

1972[edit | edit source]

1972 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1972 record4-7 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#9/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1972 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won four games and lost seven.[2] Total attendance for the season was 221,553, which averaged to 36,925.[5] The season high for attendance was against Iowa.[2]

Fullback John King was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Defensive back Tim Alderson was named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Doug Kingsriter was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

John King was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/16/1972 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 23-27   35,783
09/23/1972* #3 Colorado Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 6-38   42,703
09/30/1972* at #7 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-49   76,217
10/07/1972* Kansas Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 28-34   31,595
10/14/1972 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3-28   37,287
10/21/1972 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 43-14   44,196
10/28/1972 at #5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-42   84,190
11/04/1972 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 19-27   86,439
11/11/1972 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 35-29   32,771
11/18/1972 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-10   33,001
11/25/1972 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 14-6   60,746
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1973[edit | edit source]

1973 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1973 record7-4 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1973 season was the Golden Gophers' second under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost four.[2] Total attendance for the season was 245,706, which averaged to 40,951.[5] The season high for attendance was against Nebraska.[2]

Ends Steve Neils and Keith Fahnhorst were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Linebacker Darrell Bunge and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Defensive lineman Jeff Gunderson was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Steve Neils and offensive tackle Matt Herkenhoff were awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/15/1973 at #3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 7-56   86,005
09/22/1973* North Dakota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 41-14   35,477
09/29/1973* at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 19-34   30,205
10/06/1973* #2 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-48   56,782
10/13/1973 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-3   37,710
10/20/1973 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31-23   55,137
10/27/1973 #4 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-34   44,435
11/03/1973 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52-43   30,081
11/10/1973 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 34-7   36,890
11/17/1973 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 19-16   34,438
11/24/1973 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   34,412
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit | edit source]

Purdue[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 7 0 7
Minnesota 17 10 0 7 34

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1974[edit | edit source]

1974 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1974 record4-7 (2-6 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1974 season was the Golden Gophers' third under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won four games and lost seven.[2] Total attendance for the season was 225,127, which averaged to 37,521.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2]

Tackle Keith Simons was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Linebacker Ollie Bakken and wide receiver Rick Upchurch were named All-Big Ten second team.[3]

Ollie Bakken was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/14/1974 #4 Ohio State Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 19-34   45,511
09/21/1974* North Dakota Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 42-30   34,870
09/28/1974* TCU Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 9-7   32,822
10/05/1974* at #6 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0-54   76,408
10/12/1974 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 3-34   34,102
10/19/1974 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 23-17   48,579
10/26/1974 at #3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-49   96,284
11/02/1974 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 13-21   32,922
11/09/1974 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 24-20   51,374
11/16/1974 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-17   31,423
11/23/1974 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 14-49   55,869
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1975[edit | edit source]

1975 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1975 record6-5 (3-5 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#8/8 Michigan 7 1 0     8 2 2
Michigan State 4 4 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Iowa 3 5 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 6 1     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1975 season was the Golden Gophers' fourth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 220,081, which averaged to 31,440.[5] The season high for attendance was against Michigan State.[2]

Quarterback Tony Dungy and safety Doug Beaudoin were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Dungy was also named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Tony Dungy was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/13/1975 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 14-20   35,594
09/20/1975* Western Michigan Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-0   23,326
09/27/1975* Oregon Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 10-7   34,300
10/04/1975* Ohio Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-0   27,486
10/11/1975 at Illini Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 23-42   46,162
10/18/1975 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 15-38   39,202
10/25/1975 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31-7   59,160
11/01/1975 #7 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 21-28   33,191
11/08/1975 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 33-9   24,998
11/15/1975 at #1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 6-38   87,817
11/22/1975 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-3   37,578
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit | edit source]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 7 7 10 31
Iowa 7 0 0 0 7

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1976[edit | edit source]

1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1976 record6-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#6/5 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1976 season was the Golden Gophers' fifth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won six games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 257,878, which averaged to 42,979.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[2]

Strong safety George Adzick was named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Quarterback Tony Dungy, wide receiver Ron Kullas and defensive lineman George Washington were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Dungy, offensive lineman Brien Harvey, fullback Kent Kitzmann and cornerback Bob Weber were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Tony Dungy was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/11/1976 Indiana Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 32-13   34,004
09/18/1976* Washington State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 28-14   31,627
09/25/1976* Western Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-10   33,229
10/02/1976* at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 7-38   37,994
10/09/1976 Illini Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 29-14   52,606
10/16/1976 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 14-10   56,166
10/23/1976 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 12-22   53,222
10/30/1976 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-45   104,426
11/06/1976 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-10   15,183
11/13/1976 #8 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 3-9   53,190
11/20/1976 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 17-26   60,304
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1977[edit | edit source]

1977 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1977 record7-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/8 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11/12 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


The 1977 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost five.[2] Total attendance for the season was 247,118, which averaged to 35,302.[5] The season high for attendance was against rival Michigan.[2]

Kicker Paul Rogind and defensive tackle Steve Midboe were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Defensive tackle Mark Merrill, center Mark Slater and defensive back Bobby Weber were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Offensive lineman Dennis Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bryson Hollimon, defensive lineman Stan Sytsma and corner back Bob Weber were named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Steve Midboe was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/10/1977* Western Michigan Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 10-7   29,619
09/17/1977 at #6 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 7-38   87,799
09/24/1977* UCLA Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 27-13   41,076
10/01/1977* Washington Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 19-17   31,895
10/08/1977 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 6-18   57,460
10/15/1977 Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   39,021
10/22/1977 #1 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-0   44,165
10/29/1977 at Indiana #19 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 22-34   30,399
11/05/1977 Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10-29   30,600
11/12/1977 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 21-0   37,689
11/19/1977 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 13-7   30,742
12/22/1977 vs. Maryland Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 7-17   47,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


Game notes[edit | edit source]

Michigan[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota 10 3 0 3 16

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1978[edit | edit source]

1978 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1978 record5-6 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coachCal Stoll
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 season was the Golden Gophers' sixth under head coach Cal Stoll.[2] The Golden Gophers won five games and lost six.[2] Total attendance for the season was 238,072, which averaged to 39,678.[5] The season high for attendance was against Ohio State.[2]

Tailback Marion Barber Jr., kicker Paul Rogind and defensive back Keith Brown and defensive end Stan Sytsma were named All-Big Ten first team.[3] Nose Guard Doug Friberg and defensive tackle Jim Ronan were named All-Big Ten second team.[3] Sytsma was named Academic All-Big Ten.[4]

Marion Barber Jr. was awarded the Team MVP Award.[6]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/16/1978* Toledo Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 38-12   31,223
09/23/1978 #16 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 10-27   55,200
09/30/1978* at UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 3-17   40,369
10/07/1978* Oregon State Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 14-17   35,083
10/14/1978 Iowa Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 22-20   51,381
10/21/1978 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 38-14   16,452
10/28/1978 at #8 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 10-42   105,308
11/04/1978 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 32-31   39,797
11/11/1978 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 9-33   72,122
11/18/1978 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 24-6   25,388
11/25/1978 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 10-48   61,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 195, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 200, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 180, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "pg180" defined multiple times with different content
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 160, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide, pp. 181, http://www.gophersports.com//pdf6/80499.pdf?SPSID=39281&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400
  7. "Gophers Shock Purdue." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 11.
  8. Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 26.
  9. "No. 1 Michigan Shut Out by Gophers." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 23.
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