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12 Gophers games to remember

  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 4:26 PM

MEMORIAL STADIUM

Built: 1924 •  In use: 1924-1981 • Record at Memorial: 226-91-14 • Overall record (home and away): 300-212-25 • Big Ten record at Memorial: 128-62-11

National titles: 6 (1934, '35, '36, '40, '41, '60) • Big Ten titles: 10 (1927, '33, '34, '35, '37, '38, '40, '41, '60, '67) • Capacity: 65,000 (including temporary bleachers)

NOV. 15, 1924

Clarence Shutte rushed for 282 yards as the Gophers beat Illinois and Red Grange 20-7 in the dedication of Memorial Stadium.

NOV. 28, 1931

In the only postseason game played at Memorial Stadium, the Gophers defeated Ohio State 19-7. It was one of the charity-depression games after the end of the regular season sanctioned by the Big Ten.

OCT. 10, 1936

With less than two minutes remaining, Bud Wilkinson fielded a punt and lateralled to Andy Uram, who went on to score as the Gophers defeated Nebraska 7-0 and extended their winning streak to 19 games.

NOV. 9, 1940

Bruce Smith scored on an 80-yard reverse to help the No. 2 Gophers defeat No. 3 Michigan and Tom Harmon 7-6 in front of 60,481. The Gophers went on to claim their fourth national title.

NOV. 1, 1941

Trailing 7-2, the Gophers used the legendary trick play called the "talking play" to score a touchdown by Bud Higgins and rally past Northwestern 8-7 in front of 64,464. The Gophers went on to claim their fifth national title in eight years.

OCT. 24, 1953

In the 50th anniversary of the Little Brown Jug, the unranked Gophers defeated No. 5 Michigan 22-0. Paul Giel scored two touchdowns as the Gophers beat Michigan for the first time since 1942.

NOV. 5, 1960

The No. 2 Gophers defeated No. 1 Iowa 27-10. Joe Salem's touchdown pass to Roger Hagberg gave the Gophers a 13-10 lead.

OCT. 28, 1961

The No. 6 Gophers rallied from 13-0 and 20-8 deficits to defeat Michigan 23-20. The Gophers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the last with 1:24 remaining, to rally for a victory that Charles Johnson said in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune "has to rate with the great Gopher triumphs of all time."

NOV. 4, 1961

One week after rallying to beat Michigan, the No. 5 Gophers defeated No. 1 Michigan State 13-0. Bill Munsey scored both touchdowns for the Gophers.

NOV. 18, 1967

Curtis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Gophers to a 33-7 victory over Indiana, which went into the game unbeaten in the Big Ten. The Gophers eventually ended up in a three-way tie for the Big Ten title.

OCT. 22, 1977

The Gophers defeated No. 1 Michigan 16-0 to end a nine-game losing streak to the Wolverines. Michigan, which had beaten the Gophers 45-0 in 1976, was coming off a 56-0 victory over Wisconsin.

NOV. 7, 1981

In the next-to-last game at Memorial Stadium, the Gophers defeated No. 18 Ohio State 35-31 for their first victory over the Buckeyes in 13 games. Mike Hohensee completed 37 of 67 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

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