Minnesota Golden Gophers Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Devon Platana
Minnesota bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Minnesota bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / AP Photos/Stacy Bengs
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Bowl game season is an exciting time in college football. Schools across the nation will battle it out for postseason glory and a chance to end their year on a high note.

One team that's no stranger to playing in bowl games is the Minnesota Gophers. Here's everything you need to know about Minnesota's bowl history before making its next appearance.

Minnesota Bowl Game History

Minnesota has frequented the college football postseason throughout the 2000s. The Golden Gophers have played in 23 bowls all-time.

The Golden Gophers made their first bowl appearance in 1961 as part of the Big Ten Conference. They lost to Washington, 17-7, at the Rose Bowl that year.

Minnesota has won each of its last six bowl appearances, most recently defeating Syracuse in the 2022 Pinstripe Bowl.

Minnesota Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Minnesota owns an 11-12 all-time record in bowl games. Check out the school's full bowl results below.

  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, 1961): Washington 17, Minnesota 7
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1962): Minnesota 21, UCLA 3
  • Hall of Fame Classic (Dec. 22, 1977): Maryland 17, Minnesota 7
  • Independence Bowl (Dec. 21, 1985): Minnesota 20, Clemson 13
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29, 1986): Tennessee 21, Minnesota 14
  • Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 1999): Oregon 24, Minnesota 20
  • MicronPC.com Bowl (Dec. 28, 2000): NC State 38, Minnesota 30
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 2002): Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14
  • Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 2003): Minnesota 31, Oregon 30
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 31, 2004): Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 2005): Virginia 34, Minnesota 31
  • Insight Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006): Texas Tech 44, Minnesota 41
  • Insight Bowl (Dec. 31, 2008): Kansas 42, Kansas 21
  • Insight Bowl (Dec. 31, 2009): Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 28, 2012): Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31
  • Texas Bowl (Dec. 27. 2013): Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 2015): Missouri 33, Minnesota 17
  • Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 28, 2015): Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14
  • Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27, 2016): Minnesota 17, Washington State 12
  • Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26, 2018): Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10
  • Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2020): Minnesota 31, Auburn 24
  • Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28, 2021): Minnesota 18, West Virginia 6
  • Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29, 2022): Minnesota 28, Syracuse 20

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