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
1960 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 team was selected national champion by four NCAA-designated major selectors in Associated Press, Football News, National Football Foundation, and UPI/coaches[2]: 113  with some selections made prior to the Gophers' loss to Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl. Both Minnesota and Mississippi were consensus national champions.[2]: 120 

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.[3]

Total attendance at five home games was 334,954, an average of 55,825 per game. The largest crowd was against Illinois.[4]

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


[5]

References

  1. ^ "1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Minnesota Trims Top-Ranked Iowa". Kingsport Times-News via newspaperarchive.com. November 6, 1960. p. 1C. Retrieved August 12, 2018.