One of the oldest and most storied programs in college football history is the U of M's Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota Golden Gophers football team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Big Ten Conference. The home stadium is TCF Bank Stadium. The TCF Bank Stadium is on the East Bank of the U of M campus in Stadium Village.
On September 29, 1882, the Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team played its first game and won against Hamline University with a 4-0 victory. Minnesota Golden Gophers played host to Wisconsin in a 63-0 victory eight years later in 1890. In 1906 with the exception, the Minnesota Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers have played each other every year since then. The 117 games played against each other is the most played rivalry in Division I-A college football. Besides the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines and Iowa Hawkeyes are also big rivals of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Gophers Football Roster enjoyed the bit of success in the early 20th century, posting winning records from 1900 - 1919. In 1932, Bernie Bierman became the Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach and led the Minnesota Golden Gophers to their first dynasty. From 1934 - 1936, Minnesota Golden Gophers went on a run of winning three straight National Championships, the last Division I team to accomplish this feat. Minnesota Golden Gophers went unbeaten in 28 straight games, 21 of which were consecutive victories. These are both school records. Minnesota Golden Gophers went on to win two more national championships in 1940 and 1941. Those two seasons comprised most of an 18 game winning streak that stretched from 1939 - 1942.
After average season throughout the remainder of the 1940's and 1950's, the Minnesota Golden Gophers rose back to fame in 1960 with their sixth national championship. Minnesota Golden Gophers played in its first two bowl games in 1961 and 1962. Minnesota Golden Gophers earned their berth in the Rose Bowl by winning the 1960 Big Ten title. The following year, Minnesota returned to Pasadena despite a second-place finish in the conference. Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten champions in 1961, declined an invitation to the Rose Bowl because of tension between academics and athletics at the school. Minnesota Golden Gophers beat UCLA 21-3 to claim its first and only Rose Bowl victory. Minnesota Golden Gophers last Big Ten title was in 1967, tying the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers atop the standings.
The National Championships that the Minnesota Golden Gophers won were in 1934 with a record of 8-0; 1935 with a record of 8-0; 1936 with a record of 7-1; 1940 with a record of 8-0; 1941 with a record of 8-0; and 1960 8-2 and went to Rose Bowl and lost.
After Minnesota Golden Gophers 8-2 record in 1967, they would not win eight games in a season again until they went 8-4 in 1999. Minnesota Golden Gophers 10-3 record in 2003 gave them their first 10-win season since 1905. The 2006 team had the dubious distinction of blowing a 38-7 third quarter lead in the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech, losing 44-41 in overtime. The collapse was the biggest in the history of Division I-A postseason football, and directly led to the firing of the head coach, Glen Mason. On January 16, 2007, Tim Brewster was officially announced as the next head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
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