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1956 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #12
1956 record 6-1-2 (4-1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Murray Warmath (3rd year)
MVP Bobby Cox
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Iowa $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15 Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1956 college football season. In their third year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled a 6-1-2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 127 to 87.[1] The team finished 12th in the final AP Poll and ninth in the final Coaches Poll.

Quarterback Bobby Cox received the team's Most Valuable Player award.[2] Tackle Bob Hobert was selected by the Football Writers Association of America (for Look magazine) as a first-team player on the 1956 College Football All-America Team.[3] Hobert was also named All-Big Ten first team, Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten. Offensive lineman Perry Gehring was named Academic All-Big Ten.[2]

Total attendance for the season was 372,654, which averaged to 62,109. The season high for attendance was against rival Iowa.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
09/29/1956 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 34-14   41,000
10/06/1956 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 21-14   58,660
10/13/1956 Northwestern #17 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN T 0-0   62,006
10/20/1956 Illinois Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 16-13   62,614
10/27/1956 at #5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20-7   84,639
11/03/1956 Pittsburgh* #8 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 9-6   63,158
11/10/1956 Iowa #6 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN L 7-0   64,235
11/17/1956 #3 Michigan State #17 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN W 14-13   61,981
11/24/1956 at Wisconsin #7 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI T 13-13   54,149
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Yearly Results (1955-1959)". College Football Data Warehouse (David DeLassus). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 
  3. ^ http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 

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