1960 Big Ten Conference football season

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1960 Big Ten Conference football season
SportAmerican football
Number of teams10
Top draft pickJoe Rutgens
ChampionMinnesota
Runners-upIowa
Season MVPTom Brown
Seasons
← 1959
1961 →
1960 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Minnesota + 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 3 Iowa + 5 1 0     8 1 0
No. 8 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 15 Michigan State 4 2 0     6 2 1
Illinois 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
No. 19 Purdue 3 4 0     4 4 1
Wisconsin 2 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 7 0     1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1960 Big Ten Conference football season was the 65th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1960 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Murray Warmath, compiled an 8–2 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring defense (8.8 points allowed per game), and lost to Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl. The Golden Gophers were ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches Polls, both of which were released prior to the Rose Bowl. Guard Tom Brown was a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy as college football's best interior lineman, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player.

The 1960 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, in its final season under head coach Forest Evashevski, compiled an 8–1 record, led the Big Ten in scoring offense (26.0 points per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll and No. 2 in the final Coaches' Poll. Iowa's only loss was against Minnesota. Halfback Larry Ferguson, quarterback Wilburn Hollis, and guard Mark Manders were first-team All-Big Ten players.

The conference's statistical leaders included Ron Miller of Wisconsin with 1,351 passing yards, Bob Ferguson of Ohio State with 853 rushing yards and 78 points scored, Elbert Kimbrough of Northwestern with 378 receiving yards, and Tom Matte of Ohio State with 1,419 yards of total offense.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 Minnesota Murray Warmath #1 #1 8–2 6–1 22.8 8.8 Tom Brown
2 Iowa Forest Evashevski #3 #1 8–1 5–1 26.0 12.0 Bernie Wyatt
3 Ohio State Woody Hayes #8 #3 7–2 5–2 23.2 10.0 Tom Matte
4 Michigan State Duffy Daugherty #15 #6 6–2–1 4–2 21.4 13.1 Tom Wilson
5 (tie) Illinois Pete Elliott NR #4 5–4 3–4 15.6 13.0 Joe Rutgens
5 (tie) Michigan Bump Elliott NR NR 5–4 3–4 14.8 9.3 Dennis Fitzgerald
5 (tie) Northwestern Ara Parseghian NR #6 5–4 3–4 11.9 11.4 Mike Stock
5 (tie) Purdue Jack Mollenkopf #19 #7 4–4–1 3–4 23.6 18.1 Bernie Allen
9 Wisconsin Milt Bruhn NR #11 4–5 2–5 16.4 20.3 Tom Wiesner
10 Indiana Phil Dickens NR NR 1–8 0–7 7.7 27.0 Earl Faison

Key
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1960 season[1]
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1960 season[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold[2]

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Post-season developments[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1960 season include the following:[1]

Passing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Ron Miller Wisconsin 1,351
2 Dick Thornton Northwestern 901
3 Bernie Allen Purdue 765
4 Tom Wilson Michigan State 761
5 Dave Glinka Michigan 755

Rushing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Bob Ferguson Ohio State 853
2 Tom Matte Ohio State 682
3 Larry Ferguson Iowa 665
4 Willie Jones Purdue 576
5 Mike Stock Northwestern 536

Receiving yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Elbert Kimbrough Northwestern 378
2 Pat Richter Wisconsin 362
3 Tom Wiesner Wisconsin 356
4 Chuck Bryant Ohio State 336
5 Jim Tiller Purdue 237

Total yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Tom Matte Ohio State 1,419
2 Ron Miller Wisconsin 1,395
3 Dick Thornton Northwestern 1,126
4 Tom Wilson Michigan State 936
5 Bernie Allen Purdue 905

Scoring[edit]

Rank Name Team Points[1]
1 Bob Ferguson Ohio State 78
2 Wilburn Hollis Iowa 66
3 Sandy Stephens Minnesota 54
4 Larry Ferguson Iowa 36
4 Willie Jones Purdue 36
4 Dave Raimey Michigan 36

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Big Ten honors[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1960 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Tom Matte Ohio State AP [halfback], UPI [quarterback]
Quarterback Wilburn Hollis Iowa AP
Halfback Larry Ferguson Iowa AP, UPI
Halfback Herb Adderly Michigan State UPI
Fullback Bob Ferguson Ohio State AP, UPI
End Earl Faison Indiana AP, UPI
End Elbert Kimbrough Northwestern AP, UPI
Tackle Jerry Beabout Purdue AP, UPI
Tackle Joe Rutgens Illinois AP
Tackle Jim Tyrer Ohio State UPI
Guard Tom Brown Minnesota AP, UPI
Guard Mark Manders Iowa AP, UPI
Center Greg Larson Minnesota AP, UPI

All-American honors[edit]

At the end of the 1960 season, Big Ten players secured two of the 11 consensus first-team picks for the 1960 College Football All-America Team.[3] The Big Ten's consensus All-Americans were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Guard Tom Brown Minnesota AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, TSN, UPI, CP, Time, WCFF
Fullback Bob Ferguson Ohio State AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, CP, Time, WC

Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Tackle Jerry Beabout Purdue FWAA
Guard Mark Manders Iowa FWAA, TSN
Halfback Larry Ferguson Iowa FWAA

Other awards[edit]

Minnesota's Tom Brown won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He also finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State quarterback Tom Matte of finished seventh in the Heisman voting.[4]

1961 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Big Ten players were among the first 100 picks in the 1961 NFL Draft:[5]

Name Position Team Round Overall pick
Joe Rutgens Tackle Illinois 1 3
Tom Matte Halfback Ohio State 1 7
Herb Adderley Back Michigan State 1 12
Elbert Kimbrough End Northwestern 2 18
Bill Brown Back Illinois 2 20
Fred Arbanas End Michigan State 2 22
Ron Miller Quarterback Wisconsin 3 41
Earl Faison End Indiana 5 66
Joe Krakoski Back Illinois 6 72
Larry Wood Back Northwestern 6 75
Greg Larson Center Minnesota 6 81
Dick Thornton Quarterback Northwestern 6 83
Ike Grimsley Running back Michigan State 7 91
Ray Purdin Back Northwestern 7 93
Irv Cross Back Northwestern 7 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1960 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tom Brown Wins Tribune Silver Ball". Chicago Tribune. December 16, 1960. p. 70.
  3. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "1960 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "1961 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2017.