Summer Video Vault: 1985 Gopher Football Team

Go Gophers! Rickey Foggie
Go Gophers!
Rickey Foggie
Go Gophers!

June 24, 2013

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Welcome to Gophersports.com's Summer Video Vault. Each week we'll bring you a new video from our archives.

The 1985 Gopher football season saw the program return to national prominence. Led by sophomore quarterback Rickey Foggie, Minnesota reached its first bowl game since 1977 and finished with a 7-5 record. Four of the Gophers' five losses came against top-10 teams.

After opening the season with wins over Wichita State and Montana, Minnesota hosted No. 3 Oklahoma at the Metrodome. Trailing 13-0 in the fourth quarter, Foggie connected with Kevin Starks to cut the Sooner lead to six with just over four minutes to play. Minnesota would get the ball back, but on the final play of the game, Foggie's pass sailed through the end zone and the Gophers fell 13-7.

Minnesota rebounded nicely from the near upset with a 45-15 thrashing of Purdue at the Metrodome and road victories at Northwestern and Indiana. Ranked 20th in the nation with a 5-1 record, the Gophers hosted No. 9 Ohio State. Trailing 23-19, Foggie drove Minnesota deep into Buckeye territory in the final minutes, but was injured on a quarterback keeper at the 12 yard line. With Foggie out of the game, Ohio State stopped Valdez Baylor on fourth and short to escape with the victory.

The Golden Gophers finished 4-4 in the Big Ten and received a bid to play Clemson in the Independence Bowl. Trailing 13-10 in the fourth quarter, Chip Lohmiller tied the game with a 19-yard field goal. With 4:56 to play, Baylor scored from one yard out as Minnesota won 20-13.

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