1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Consensus national champion
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 7–17 vs. Washington
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
Record8–2 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
MVPTom Brown
CaptainGreg Larson
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1959
1961 →
1960 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Minnesota + 6 1 0 8 2 0
No. 3 Iowa + 5 1 0 8 1 0
No. 8 Ohio State 5 2 0 7 2 0
No. 15 Michigan State 4 2 0 6 2 1
Illinois 3 4 0 5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0 5 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0 5 4 0
No. 19 Purdue 3 4 0 4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0 4 5 0
Indiana 0 7 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1960 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled an 8–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 228 to 88.[1]

The Gophers were led by Sandy Stephens, the first African-American All-American starting quarterback at the school. Murray Warmath entered his seventh season as the Minnesota head football coach on the heels of three consecutive losing seasons. Expectations to start the season were not very high as the Golden Gophers were not ranked by a single news service. The Gophers opened the season with a 26–14 non-conference win at No. 12 Nebraska. They shut out both Indiana and Northwestern, then also blanked Michigan 10–0 at Michigan Stadium to win the Little Brown Jug. A win over non-conference Kansas State put Minnesota at No. 3. The next game at No. 1 Iowa was one of the most notable games in the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry. Minnesota won 27–10 and were top-ranked, but then lost to Purdue the next week. After Minnesota cruised to a 26–7 victory over Wisconsin, the Gophers were tied with Iowa in the Big Ten standings, each with a loss. The final AP poll of November 29 was one of the closest ever: Minnesota with 17½ first-place votes, Mississippi 16, and Iowa 12½. The Golden Gophers had earned their fourth AP national championship and first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl in the process.[2][3]

Although No. 6 Washington upset No. 1 Minnesota 17–7 in the 1961 Rose Bowl, the post-season loss did not affect the Golden Gophers' national championship since the final AP and Coaches' Polls were released at the conclusion of the regular season and did not consider the bowl results.[4] The major wire-service polls changed this policy following the 1965 season.

Guard Tom Brown received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Brown was also a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten most valuable player. Brown, end Tom Hall and center Greg Larson were named All-Big Ten first team. Tackle Frank Brixius was named an Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten.[5]

Total attendance at five home games was 334,954, an average of 55,825 per game. The largest crowd was against Illinois.[6]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 24at No. 12 Nebraska*W 26–1438,000
October 1IndianaNo. 18W 42–053,725
October 8NorthwesternNo. 14
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 7–057,096
October 15IllinoisdaggerNo. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 21–1063,641
October 22at MichiganNo. 6W 10–069,352
October 29Kansas State*No. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 48–743,568
November 5No. 1 IowaNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN (rivalry)
W 27–1065,610
November 12PurdueNo. 1
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
L 14–2361,348
November 19at WisconsinNo. 4W 26–755,576
January 2vs. No. 6 Washington*No. 1L 7–1797,314
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Rankings

Main article: 1960 NCAA University Division football rankings

Game summaries

Iowa

#1 Iowa at #3 Minnesota
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 3 070 10
Golden Gophers 7 0614 27

See also: 1960 Iowa Hawkeyes football team and Floyd of Rosedale


[7]

References

  1. ^ "1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "1960 National Champions".
  3. ^ "AP National Championships - Football - College Poll Archive - Historical College Football, Basketball, and Softball Polls and Rankings".
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2009-11-27 at the Wayback Machine - 1960 final polls
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Minnesota Trims Top-Ranked Iowa". Kingsport Times-News via newspaperarchive.com. November 6, 1960. p. 1C. Retrieved August 12, 2018.