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Gopher Football 1961 Season

1961 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L/T Score
09/30/1961 Missouri (7-2-1) L 0-6
10/07/1961 Oregon (4-6) W 14-7
10/14/1961 @ Northwestern (4-5) W 10-3
10/21/1961 @ Illinois (0-9) W 33-0
10/28/1961 Homecoming
Michigan (6-3)
W 23-20
11/04/1961 Michigan State (7-2) W 13-0
11/11/1961 @ Iowa (5-4) W 16-9
11/18/1961 Purdue (6-3) W 10-7
11/25/1961 Wisconsin (6-3) L 21-23
01/01/1962 Rose Bowl
vs. UCLA (7-4)
W 21-3

1961 Big Ten Standings

Team Conference Overall
W L T PCT W L T PCT
Ohio State 6 0 0 1.000 8 0 1 .944
Minnesota 6 1 0 .857 8 2 0 .800
Michigan State 5 2 0 .714 7 2 0 .778
Purdue 4 2 0 .667 6 3 0 .667
Wisconsin 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
Michigan 3 3 0 .500 6 3 0 .667
Iowa 2 4 0 .333 5 4 0 .556
Northwestern 2 4 0 .333 4 5 0 .444
Indiana 0 6 0 .000 2 7 0 .222
Illinois 0 7 0 .000 0 9 0 .000

Season notes:

Coached by Murray Warmath (8th season).

This was the last time the Gophers went to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State actually won the Big Ten title, but they decided against going to the Rose Bowl, so we took their spot.

Team Roster:

By Name By Number By Position By Eligibility

1961 Poll Results

Associated Press United Press
1. Alabama 11-0-0
2. Ohio State 8-0-1
3. Texas 10-1-0
4. Louisiana State 10-1-0
5. Mississippi 9-2-0
6. Minnesota 8-2-0
7. Colorado 9-2-0
8. Michigan State 7-2-0
9. Arkansas 8-3-0
10. Utah State 9-1-1
11. Missouri 7-2-1
12. Purdue 6-3-0
13. Georgia Tech 7-4-0
14. Syracuse 8-3-0
15. Rutgers 9-0-0
16. UCLA 7-4-0
17. Arizona 8-1-1
17. Penn State 8-3-0
17. Rice 7-4-0
20. Duke 7-3-0
1. Alabama 11-0-0
2. Ohio State 8-0-1
3. Louisiana State 10-1-0
4. Texas 10-1-0
5. Mississippi 9-2-0
6. Minnesota 8-2-0
7. Colorado 9-2-0
8. Arkansas 8-3-0
9. Michigan State 7-2-0
10. Utah State 9-1-1
11. Missouri 7-2-1
11. Purdue 6-3-0
13. Georgia Tech 7-4-0
14. Duke 7-3-0
15. Kansas 7-3-1
16. Syracuse 8-3-0
17. Wyoming 6-1-2
18. Wisconsin 6-3-0
19. Penn State 8-3-0
19. Miami (FL) 7-4-0

1961 Season Big Ten Bowl Results
Rose Bowl - 01/01/1962
Minnesota 21, UCLA 3

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1961 Season Bowl Results
Orange Bowl - 01/01/1962
Louisiana State 25, Colorado 7
Sugar Bowl - 01/01/1962
Alabama 10, Arkansas 3
Cotton Bowl - 01/01/1962
Texas 12, Mississippi 7
Sun Bowl - 12/30/1961
Villanova 17, Wichita State 9
Gator Bowl - 12/30/1961
Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
Tangerine Bowl - 12/29/1961
Lamar 21, Middle Tennessee State 14
Liberty Bowl - 12/16/1961
Syracuse 15, Miami (FL) 14
Aviation Bowl - 12/09/1961
New Mexico 28, Western Michigan 12
Bluebonnet Bowl - 12/16/1961
Kansas 33, Rice 7
Gotham Bowl - 12/09/1961
Baylor 24, Utah State 9
Mercy Bowl - 11/23/1961
Fresno State 36, Bowling Green 6