Minnesota Golden Gophers Champs 1960

1960 - 1960 Minnesota Gophers Football Champs

The 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1960 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers compiled an 8–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 228 to 88.

The team was selected national champion by four NCAA-designated major selectors in Associated Press, Football News, National Football Foundation, and UPI/coaches with some selections made prior to the Gophers’ loss to Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl. The University of Missouri beat 3 nationally ranked teams and finished 11-0 under Dan Devine. They were selected as National Champion by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poling_System. Both Minnesota and Ole Miss were consensus national champions.

Guard Tom Brown received the team’s Most Valuable Player award. Brown was also a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten most valuable player. Brown, end Tom Hall and center Greg Larson were named All-Big Ten first team. Tackle Frank Brixius was named an Academic All-American and Academic All-Big Ten.