Looking through the record books the Gophers have played a lot of big games on Halloween. While I'm sure most haven't been played at night, I like to imagine all of them being played under the lights with ghouls, goblins, and ghosts in the stands rooting for the Gophers.
|Tie vs Grinnell 12-12||10/31||1891||at Grinnell, Iowa|
|Win vs Ex-Collegiates 8-0||10/31||1896||Armory Field|
|Beginning of little brown jug tie 6-6||10/31||1903||Greater Northrup Field|
|Loss vs Chicago 0-29||10/31||1908||at Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss vs Illinois 6-21||10/31||1914||Greater Northrup Field|
|Tie vs Wisconsin 12-12||10/31||1925||Memorial Stadium|
|Win vs Wisconsin 14-0||10/31||1931||Memorial Stadium|
|Loss vs Northwestern 0-6||10/31||1936||at Evanston, Illinois|
|Win vs Northwestern 19-7||10/31||1942||Memorial Stadium|
|Win vs Pittsburgh 35-14||10/31||1953||Memorial Stadium|
|Win vs Vanderbilt 20-6||10/31||1959||Memorial Stadium|
|Win vs Indiana 21-0||10/31||1964||at Bloomington, Indiana|
|Tie vs Iowa 14-14||10/31||1970||Memorial Stadium|
|Loss vs Michigan 13-34||10/31||1981||Memorial Stadium|
|Loss vs Illinois 17-27||10/31||1987||at Champaign, Illinois|
|Loss vs Indiana 17-24||10/31||1992||Metrodome|
|Loss vs Michigan 10-15||10/31||1998||Metrodome|
|Win vs Michigan St 42-34||10/31||2009||TCF Bank Stadium|
All in all the Gophers are a very average 7-7-4 all time on Halloween. But the games to focus on are:
1891- WE TIED GRINNELL? For whatever reason the Gophers played Grinnell again at the end of the 1891 season and won.
1903-Obviously, the Little Brown Jug Game. It must have been fun to rush the field dressed as a 1903 ghoul.
1936-Loss to Northwestern. Bernie Bierman had not lost a game since 1932. His 4 year long undefeated streak ended on all hallows eve, but the 7-1 record was still good enough for that years national championship.
I know how yall love charts! Minneapolis Journal, November 1, 1936
1942-GOPHERS GOT THAT HALLOWEEN REVENGE. TAKE THAT NERDS.
diagrams from 4 quarters of play. gophers vs northwestern, 1942. pic.twitter.com/Ssyeg7D0SZ— Ryan K. Barland (@HipsterGopher) October 29, 2014
1925 & 1970- Ties against Wisconsin and Iowa? Yikes that is spooky.
1959-Vanderbilt traveled up to Minnesota? For a beat down!
Game program from the 1959 Halloween game against Vandy. via U of M
1981, 1987, 1992, 1998- Nothing to see there, moving on...
And my favorite, 2009 against Michigan State. I dressed up as a very scary Tim Brewster and watched the game from the student section, I think.