Game of My Life Minnesota Gophers: Memorable Stories of Gopher Football

Game of My Life Minnesota Gophers: Memorable Stories of Gopher Football

by Joel A. Rippel


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With more than 600 victories and seven national championships, the Minnesota football program is one of the greatest in history. Legendary players like Bruce Smith and Bronko Nagurski helped the Gophers dominate Minnesota sports for the first sixty years of the twentieth century. This book provides a look at some of the most memorable players, coaches, and games of the last seventy-five years. From the Golden Era of 1934–41, which included five national titles, Sonny Franck and Bill Daley recall their most memorable games. The Gophers won another national title and went to two Rose Bowls in the early ’60s under coach Murray Warmath and quarterback Sandy Stephens, who became the first black quarterback to earn All-America honors at a major college. Warmath remembers the second Rose Bowl as his most memorable game. Other memorable Gophers include future NFL legend Bud Grant,  future NFL coaching great Tony Dungy, and current Denver Broncos player Eric Decker, all of whom are featured in Game of My Life Minnesota Gophers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613213414
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Game of My Life
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joel A. Rippel has worked for various newspapers, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Orange County Register.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Rippel is the author of several books on Minnesota sports history.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Sonny Franck vs. Iowa-October 26, 1940 1

Bill Daley vs. Michigan-October 25, 1941 13

Bud Grant vs. Ohio State-October 15, 1949 23

Bob McNamara vs. Iowa-November 13, 1954 33

Frank Youso vs. Michigan-October 27, 1956 43

Tom Brown vs. Iowa-November 5, 1960 53

Bobby Bell vs. Michigan State-November 4, 1961 63

Coach Murray Warmath vs. UCLA-January 1, 1962 73

Bob Stein vs. Utah-September 23, 1967 83

Doug Kingsriter vs. Wisconsin-November 20, 1971 93

Tony Dungy vs. Wisconsin-November 22, 1975 105

Mark Carlson vs. Michigan-October 22, 1977 115

Marion Barber vs. Indiana-November 4, 1978 125

Mike Hohensee vs. Ohio State-November 7, 1981 137

Rickey Foggie vs. Clemson-December 21, 1985 147

Chip Lohmiller vs. Michigan-November 15, 1986 159

Darrell Thompson vs. Bowling Green-September 13, 1986 169

Tyrone Carter vs. Penn State-November 6, 1999 179

Matt Spaeth vs. Michigan-October 8, 2005 189

Bryan Cupito vs. Iowa-November 18, 2006 201

Ed Lechner vs. Northwestern-November 1, 1941 211

Eric Decker vs. Air Force-September 12, 2009 219

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