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2016 Football Results

Gopher Football 2016 Season

  • Head Coach:  Tracy Claeys (2nd season, 1st full) 
  • Overall Record: 9-4
  • Conference Record: 5-4
  • Holiday Bowl vs. Washington State (W 17-12)

2016 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
9/1/2016 Oregon State (4-8) W 30-23
9/10/2016 Indiana State (4-7) W 58-28
9/24/2016 Colorado State (7-6) W 31-24
9/1/2016 @ Penn State (11-3) L 26-29 OT
10/8/2016 Iowa (8-5) L 7-14
10/15/2016 @ Maryland (3-6) W 31-10
10/22/2016 Homecoming
Rutgers (2-10)
W 34-32
10/29/2016 @ Illinois (3-9) W 40-17
11/5/2016 Purdue (3-9) W 44-31
11/12/2016 @ Nebraska (9-4) L 17-24
11/19/2016 Northwestern (7-6) W 29-12
11/26/2016 @ Wisconsin (11-3) L 17-31
12/27/2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl
Washington State (8-5)
W 17-12

2016 Big Ten Standings

WEST CONF OVERALL
Wisconsin 7-2 11-3
Iowa 6-3 8-5
Nebraska 6-3 9-4
Minnesota 5-4 9-4
Northwestern 5-4 7-6
Illinois 2-7 3-9
Purdue 1-8 3-9
EAST CONF OVERALL
Penn State 8-1 11-3
Ohio State 8-1 11-2
Michigan 7-2 10-3
Indiana 4-5 6-7
Maryland 3-6 6-7
Michigan State 1-8 3-9
Rutgers 0-9 2-10

Big Ten Championship:  Penn State 38 - Wisconsin 31

2016 Gopher Football Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Last School)
30 Amoako, Eric DB 5-11 195 SR (RS) Arlington, Texas (Houston Baptist University)
81 Anyanwu, Duke TE 6-4 245 JR (RS) Blaine, Minn. (Blaine HS)
4 Ayinde, Adekunle DB 6-0 205 JR (RS) Blaine, Minn. (Blaine HS)
41 Barber, Thomas LB 6-1 240 FR Plymouth, Minn. (Robbinsdale Armstrong HS)
44 Beebe, Colton TE 6-3 270 FR(RS) Kansas City, Kan. (Piper HS)
23 Brooks, Shannon RB 6-0 210 SO Atlanta, Ga. (Pickens HS)
21 Buford, Ray DB 6-2 200 FR(RS) Detroit, Mich. (Southfield HS)
76 Calhoun, Vincent OL 6-4 330 JR Roswell, Ga. (Southwest Mississippi CC)
38 Carpenter, Emmit K 6-0 199 SO(RS) Green Bay, Wis. (Ashwaubenon HS)
9 Carter, Eric WR 5-11 195 JR(RS) Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson Senior HS)
36 Cashman, Blake LB 6-2 225 SO Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie HS)
13 Celestin, Jonathan LB 6-1 220 JR Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy's Mill HS)
74 Connelly, Nick OL 6-7 300 FR (RS) Red Wing, Minn. (Red Wing HS)
19 Conway, Michael WR 6-5 225 JR (RS) La Crescent, Minn. (Aquinas HS [Wis.])
45 Coughlin, Carter LB 6-4 220 FR Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie HS)
14 Craighton, Zo DB 6-1 195 FR (RS) Geismar, La. (Dutchtown HS)
11 Croft, Demry QB 6-5 200 SO Rockford, Ill. (Boylan HS)
88 DeLattiboudere, Winston DL 6-3 240 FR (RS) Baltimore, Md. (Howard HS)
92 Devers, Tai'yon DL 6-4 215 FR Pompano Beach, Fla. (Blanche Ely HS)
24 Dipre, Troy DB 6-0 210 FR (RS) Solon, Ohio (Kent State)
59 Dixon, Ray LB 6-3 225 JR (RS) Loxahatchee, Fla. (Seminole Ridge HS)
29 Djam, Carlton RB 5-11 215 SO (RS) Lindstrom, Minn. (Central Lakes College)
61 Dovich, Bronson OL 6-5 300 FR (RS) Chaska, Minn. (Chaska HS)
16 Durr, Coney CB 5-10 190 FR Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown HS)
95 Ekpe, Hendrick DL 6-5 240 SR Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)
97 Ekpe, Scott DL 6-4 285 SR (RS) Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)
87 Elmore, Gaelin DL 6-6 275 JR Somerset, Wis. (Somerset HS)
70 Fahning, Chad OL 6-6 290 JR (RS) St. Paul, Minn. (DeLaSalle HS)
28 Femi­Cole, Jonathan RB 6-0 225 FR (RS) Vaughan, Ontario, Canada (St. Andrew's College)
18 Geary, Clay WR 5-10 185 FR Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville South HS)
2 Gentry, Isaiah WR 6-4 225 SO (RS) Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller HS)
9 Gibson, Jerry DL 6-3 245 SO (RS) Theodore, Ala. (Theodore HS)
22 Gorgen, Joey DB 6-0 180 FR (RS) Mineral Point, Wis. (Mineral Point HS)
17 Green, Seth QB 6-4 235 FR Woodbury, Minn. (Allen HS)
73 Greene, Donnell OL 6-7 345 SO (RS) Marietta, Ga. (Coffeyville C.C.)
39 Hansen, Trey LS 6-2 205 FR (RS) Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls HS)
3 Hardin, KiAnte DB 5-10 175 SO Webb City, Mo. (Webb City HS)
45 Hart, Nick TE 6-5 245 JR (RS) Prior Lake, Minn. (Prior Lake HS)
33 Harte, Andrew K 6-0 181 JR (RS) Downers Grove, Ill. (Montini Catholic HS)
47 Herbers, Jacob P 6-2 215 FR (RS) Battle Creek, Mich. (Lakeview HS)
24 Hmielewski, Drew WR 6-1 195 FR Marshall, Minn. (Marshall HS)
5 Holland Jr., Melvin WR 6-3 205 SO (RS) Ashburn, Va. (Briar Woods HS)
25 Howard, Phillip WR 5-11 185 FR Minneapolis, Minn. (Robbinsdale Cooper HS)
17 Huff, Jacob DB 5-11 205 SO Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
20 Huff, Julian LB 6-0 225 SO Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
93 Jackson, Merrick DL 6-2 320 JR (RS) East St. Louis, Ill. (Iowa Western CC)
27 Johannesson, James RB 6-1 230 FR (RS) Fargo, N.D. (Fargo South HS)
2 Johnson, Dior DB 6-2 210 FR (RS) Detroit, Mich. (Southfield HS)
33 Johnson, Tamarion DL 6-5 215 FR Detroit, Mich. (Bradford Academy HS)
6 Johnson, Tyler WR 6-2 185 FR Minneapolis, Minn. (North HS)
25 Jordahl, Payton LS 6-2 225 SO (RS) Perham, Minn. (Perham HS)
42 Juenemann, Justin K 6-0 175 JR (RS) Phillipsburg, Kan. (Phillipsburg HS)
91 Kafo, Julien DL 6-4 265 SO (RS) Mont­Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (Vanier)
42 Kieft, Ko TE 6-4 230 FR Sioux Center, Iowa (Sioux Center HS)
75 Kuehn, Noah OL 6-6 305 FR (RS) Eagan, Minn. (Eagan HS)
60 Leidner, Matt OL 6-2 290 JR (RS) Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville South HS)
7 Leidner, Mitch QB 6-4 230 SR (RS) Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville South HS)
86 Lingen, Brandon TE 6-5 250 JR Wayzata, Minn. (Wayzata HS)
50 Lynn, Jack LB 6-3 240 SR (RS) Lake Zurich, Ill. (Lake Zurich HS)
37 Mack, John K 6-0 185 FR Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead HS)
44 Martin, Kamal LB 6-3 225 FR Burnsville, Minn. (Burnsville HS)
20 Mayer, Adam WR 6-1 215 FR (RS) Walnut Creek, Calif. (De La Salle HS)
55 Mayes, Connor OL 6-5 330 JR Van Alstyne, Texas (Van Alstyne HS)
22 McCrary, Kobe RB 6-1 235 JR Chipley, Fla. (Butler CC)
34 McElfresh, Logan P 6-1 205 SO (RS) Brainerd, Minn. (Brainerd HS)
8 McGhee, Duke DB 6-1 205 JR (RS) Decatur, Ga. (Cedar Grove HS)
40 Mohs, Connor FB 6-1 240 FR Woodbury, Minn. (East Ridge HS)
19 Moore, Gary DL 6-4 295 SO (RS) Mobile, Ala. (Murphy HS)
77 Moore, Tyler OL 6-4 305 SO Galena Park, Texas (North Shore HS)
89 Morse, Matt WR 6-1 190 FR (RS) Apple Valley, Minn. (Apple Valley HS)
5 Myrick, Jalen DB 5-10 205 SR Bloomingdale, Ga. (Savannah Christian Prep HS)
64 Olson, Conner OL 6-5 295 FR Monticello, Minn. (Monticello HS)
58 Oseland, Quinn OL 6-6 320 FR (RS) Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart Griffin HS)
83 Pietruszewski, Danny TE 6-3 225 FR South St. Paul, Minn. (South St. Paul HS)
79 Pirsig, Jonah OL 6-9 325 SR (RS) Blue Earth, Minn. (Blue Earth Area HS)
12 Poock, Cody LB 6-2 230 JR (RS) Okoboji, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)
56 Rallis, Nick LB 5-11 240 SR (RS) Edina, Minn. (Edina HS)
53 Rasmussen, Luke OL 6-7 295 SO (RS) Brookfield, Wis. (Central HS)
84 Reger, Will WR 6-3 198 SO (RS) Burnsville, Minn. (Burnsville HS)
12 Register, Hunter WR 6-5 215 FR (RS) Lafayette, La. (Comeaux HS)
90 Renner, Sam DL 6-4 250 FR (RS) Maple Grove, Minn. (Maple Grove Senior High)
15 Rhoda, Conor QB 6-3 215 JR (RS) Eagan, Minn. (Cretin­Derham Hall HS)
96 Richardson, Steven DL 6-0 300 JR Chicago, Ill. (Mt. Carmel HS)
6 Rogers, Ace DB 6-1 210 SR (RS) Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa Western CC)
18 Santoso, Ryan P/K 6­6 250 JR (RS) Pace, Fla. (Pace HS)
71 Schlueter, Sam OL 6-6 290 FR Victoria, Minn. (Mayer Lutheran HS)
43 Schoenfelder, Bailey LB 6-3 220 FR Huron, S.D. (Huron HS)
34 Shenault, Antonio DB 5-11 180 SO Roselle, Ill. (Lake Park HS)
26 Smith, Brian WR 6-4 210 JR (RS) Milwaukee, Wis. (Brookfield East HS)
1 Smith, Rodney RB 5-11 205 SO (RS) Jonesboro, Ga. (Mundy's Mill HS)
40 Starks, Alexander DB 5-11 200 SR (RS) Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield North HS)
99 Stelter, Andrew DL 6-4 290 JR Owatonna, Minn. (Owatonna HS)
66 Stieber, Ted OL 6-6 320 FR (RS) Akron, Ohio (Hoban HS)
88 Still, Rashad WR 6-5 205 SO El Paso, Texas (Andress HS)
26 Swenson, Calvin DB 6-0 205 FR Kaukauna, Wis. (Kaukauna HS)
31 Thomas, Kiondre DB 6-0 180 FR Fort Smith, Ark. (Northside HS)
52 Timms, Yoshoub DL 6-2 295 SR (RS) Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Fort Walton Beach HS)
7 Travis, Damarius DB 6-2 215 SR (RS) Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS)
35 Waters, Jaylen LB 6-3 255 FR (RS) Killeen, Texas (Copperas Cove HS)
48 Weber, Blake LB 6-1 225 JR Prior Lake, Minn. (Rochester CTC)
62 Weyler, Jared OL 6-4 305 SO (RS) Dayton, Ohio (Centerville HS)
15 Williams, Everett LB 6-1 235 JR Mansfield, Texas (Legacy HS)
8 Williams, Mark QB 6-0 190 FR Gainestown, Ala. (Jackson HS)
11 Winfield Jr., Antoine DB 5-10 195 FR The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)
85 Witham, Bryce TE 6-4 250 FR (RS) Grand Rapids, Mich. (West Catholic HS)
82 Wolitarsky, Drew WR 6-3 220 SR Santa Clarita, Calif. (Canyon County HS)
80 Wozniak, Nate TE 6-10 275 JR (RS) Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove HS)
78 Wright, Garrison OL 6-4 320 JR (RS) Beattie, Kan. (Butler CC)

2016 Final AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Clemson (60) 14-1 1500
2 Alabama 14-1 1440
3 USC 10-3 1292
4 Washington 12-2 1277
5 Oklahoma 11-2 1252
6 Ohio State 11-2 1240
7 Penn State 11-3 1130
8 Florida State 10-3 1105
9 Wisconsin 11-3 1032
10 Michigan 10-3 1001
11 Oklahoma State 10-3 920
12 Stanford 10-3 730
13 LSU 8-4 651
14 Florida 9-4 640
15 Western Michigan 13-1 619
16 Virginia Tech 10-4 610
17 Colorado 10-4 585
18 West Virginia 10-3 368
19 South Florida 11-2 358
20 Miami 9-4 338
21 Louisville 9-4 277
22 Tennessee 9-4 253
23 Utah 9-4 222
24 Auburn 8-5 206
25 San Diego State 11-3 113

2016 Final USA Today Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Clemson(60) 14-1 1500
2 Alabama 14-1 1440
3 Oklahoma 11-2 1308
4 Washington 12-2 1265
5 USC 10-3 1263
6 Ohio State 11-2 1186
7 Penn State 11-3 1123
8 Florida State 10-3 1102
9 Wisconsin 11-3 1044
10 Michigan 10-3 986
11 Oklahoma State 10-3 922
12 Stanford 10-3 791
13 Florida 9-4 673
14 LSU 8-4 641
15 Colorado 10-4 634
16 Virginia Tech 10-4 632
17 West Virginia 10-3 522
18 Western Michigan 13-1 449
19 South Florida 11-2 362
20 Louisville 9-4 338
21 Utah 9-4 303
22 Auburn 8-5 230
23 Miami 9-4 229
24 Tennessee 9-4 211
25 San Diego State 11-3 102

2016 College Football Playoff

CFP Semifinal - Chick-fil-A Peach - 12/31/2016
Alabama 24, Washington 7
CFP Semifinal - PlayStation Fiesta - 12/31/2016
Clemson 31, Ohio State 0
CFP National Championship - 1/9/2017
Clemson 35 - Alabama 31

2016 Big Ten Bowl Results

Quick Lane - 12/26/2016
Boston College 36, Maryland 30
National Funding Holiday - 12/27/2016
Minnesota 17, Wash. St. 12
New Era Pinstripe - 12/28/2016
Northwestern 31, Pittsburgh 24
Foster Farms - 12/28/2016
Utah 26, Indiana 24
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City - 12/30/2016
Tennessee 38, Nebraska 24
Capital One Orange - 12/30/2016
Florida State 33, Michigan 32
Outback - 1/2/2017
Florida 30, Iowa 3
Goodyear Cotton - 1/2/2017
Wisconsin 24, W. Mich. 16
Rose Bowl Game - 1/2/2017
USC 52, Penn State 49

2016 Other Bowl Results

Air Force Reserve Celebration - 12/17/2016
Grambling St. 10, NC Central 9
Gildan New Mexico - 12/17/2016
New Mexico 23, UTSA 20
Las Vegas - 12/17/2016
San Diego St. 34, Houston 10
Raycom Media Camellia - 12/17/2016
Appalachian St. 31,Toledo 28
AutoNation Cure - 12/17/2016
Arkansas St. 31, UCF 13
R+L Carriers New Orleans - 12/17/2016
Southern Mississippi 28, Louisiana Lafayette 21
Miami Beach - 12/19/2016
Tulsa 55, Central Michigan 10
Boca Raton - 12/20/2016
West. Kentucky 51, Memphis 31 
San Diego County CU Poinsettia - 12/21/2016
BYU 24, Wyoming 21
Famous Idaho Potato - 12/22/2016
Idaho 61, Colorado State 50
Popeyes Bahamas - 12/23/2016
Old Dominion 24, E. Mich. 20
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces - 12/23/2016
Louisiana Tech 48, Navy 45
Dollar General - 12/23/2016
Troy 28, Ohio 23
Hawai'i - 12/24/2016
Hawaii 52, Middle Tenn. 35
St. Petersburg - 12/26/2016
Miss. St. 17, Miami (OH) 16
Camping World Independence - 12/26/2016
NC State 41, Vanderbilt 17
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas - 12/27/2016
Army 38, North Texas 31 (OT)
Military - 12/27/2016
Wake Forest 34, Temple 26
Motel 6 Cactus - 12/27/2016
Baylor 31, Boise State 12
Russell Athletic - 12/28/2016
Miami (Fla.) 31, West Virginia 14
AdvoCare V100 Texas - 12/28/2016
Kansas St. 33, Texas A&M 28
Birmingham - 12/29/2016
South Fla. 46, South Carolina 39 (OT)
Belk - 12/29/2016
Virginia Tech 35, Arkansas 24
Valero Alamo - 12/29/2016
Oklahoma St. 38, Colorado 8
NOVA Home Loans Arizona - 12/30/2016
Air Force 45, S. Alabama 21
AutoZone Liberty - 12/30/2016
Georgia 31, TCU 23
Hyundai Sun - 12/30/2016
Stanford 25, N. Carolina 23
TaxSlayer - 12/31/2016
Georgia Tech 33, Kentucky 18
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus - 12/31/2016
LSU 29, Louisville 9
Allstate Sugar - 1/2/2017
Oklahoma 35, Auburn 19