- Most college football teams that are rich in tradition and hold many dedicated fans, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team is no exception. The Gophers have a large history filled with as many ups and downs as any other college football team. The Golden Gophers Football team played their first game against Hamline University on September 29, 1882 with a 4-0 victory. There were plenty of Gopher fans at that first game and Gopher football tickets continue to be a hot commodity both on campus and off.
The early 20th Century brought a lot of victories for the Gopher Football team. In the early 30's they won three straight National Championships. Included in that run was a season where the Gophers had 21 consecutive wins. In 1961 and 1962 the Gophers played in their first two college football bowl games. The Gophers earned their first berth in the Rose Bowl by winning the 1960 Big Ten title. In 1961 Minnesota returned to Pasadena despite a second-place finish in the conference. The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten champions of 1961, declined an invitation to the Rose Bowl because of tension between academics and athletics at the school. It was at this time that Minnesota beat UCLA 21-3 to claim its first and only Rose Bowl victory.
After several years of victories the Gopher football squad saw several years of losses. The Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Roster did not have another stellar record until the 1967 season with an 8-2 record. After the victories of '67 the Gophers did not win 8 games in a season again until they went 8-4 in 1999. The 2003 season for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers was a better one with a 10-3 record which was the first 10 win season since 1905. The 2006 season brought on another disappointing loss for the Gopher football team with the game against Texas Tech at the Insight Bowl - they had a 38-7 third-quarter lead then lost with a final score of 44-41 in overtime. This loss directly led to the firing of head coach Glen Mason. On January 16, 2007, Tim Brewster was officially announced as the next head coach of the Minnesota Gophers.
After several years of playing at Memorial Stadium the Golden Gopher football team played their last game there in 1981. The Gophers went on to play at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis until September 2009, when they moved back to University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus and into the TCF Bank Stadium. This brought a unity to Gopher Sports that the University had not seen in awhile. The Mariucci Arena for the Gopher Hockey team, the Williams Arena for Gopher Basketball, and the TCF Stadium are all within a few steps of each other bringing a unified feel to the University of Minnesota Campus and Stadium Village where the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sporting Arenas are located,
Gopher Football fans have always been loyal to the maroon and gold and continue to show up and cheer at Gopher Football games. The best Gopher Football tickets sell out fast and Gopher fans will want to buy Gopher football tickets early especially for the biggest games like the battle for the mighty axe when the University of Minnesota Gophers vs, University of Wisconsin Badgers.
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