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08-17-2008, 03:37 PM #1
Michigan Wolverines All Time Tournament
Last year I had the All time great College team tourney won by '71 Nebraska. This year it's the All time Michigan team. There are 37 Wolverine teams represented including Tom Harmon's Heisman season (1940) and the National Champions of 1947. Of course there are some that probably won't last long in this thing but included them mainly for nostalgia's sake. Here is the list of teams. I will be starting the 1st round of games sometime this week.
1. Michigan '04
2. Michigan '06
3. Michigan '61
4. Michigan '63
5. Michigan '79
6. Michigan '81
7. Michigan '82
8. Michigan '83
9. Michigan '89
10. Michigan '96
11. Michigan '40
12. Michigan '47
13. Michigan '64
14. Michigan '68
15. Michigan '69
16. Michigan '72
17. Michigan '73
18. Michigan '74
19. Michigan '76
20. Michigan '77
21. Michigan '78
22. Michigan '80
23. Michigan '85
24. Michigan '86
25. Michigan '88
26. Michigan '90
27. Michigan '91
28. Michigan '92
29. Michigan '94
30. Michigan '95
31. Michigan '97
32. Michigan '99
33. Michigan '00
34. Michigan '01
35. Michigan '02
36. Michigan '03
37. Michigan '71Who is the face in the mirror? She looks at me with empty eyes. The rosy cheeks that gave her warmth, the spirit that charged her soul are gone. She seems consumed by life. The ashen face so lost. A tear runs down her cheek. I lift my hand and wipe her tears away. TUG- Patt
08-18-2008, 02:09 PM #2
Round 1 Game 1
1996 Michigan (8-4) at 1947 Michigan (10-0)
1996 Wolverines finished tied for 5th in the Big Ten and ended the year #20 on the AP Poll
1947 Wolverines finished 1st in the Big Ten and #1 on the AP Poll. National Champions.
The opening game saw the Mad Magicians look a little uptight as Marcus Ray opened the scoring with a 57 yard interception return for a touchdown. Bob Chappuis though would get them back on track as the '47 squad scored 21 unanswered points, all on the arm of their quarterback. The '96 Wolverines cut the lead to seven midway through the 4th but the '47 team was able to get a big stop and then run out the remaining time to advance to the next round. Bump Elliot was named MVP as he caught one of Chappuis' touchdown tosses and intercepted one of Dreisbach's.
'47 Michigan- 21
'96 Michigan- 14
Last edited by SweetLou; 08-18-2008 at 08:02 PM.Who is the face in the mirror? She looks at me with empty eyes. The rosy cheeks that gave her warmth, the spirit that charged her soul are gone. She seems consumed by life. The ashen face so lost. A tear runs down her cheek. I lift my hand and wipe her tears away. TUG- Patt
08-18-2008, 02:14 PM #3
For the 1947 team the helmet is actually wrong in the above photo. This is actually the helmet they used back then, or at least what it looked like.
Who is the face in the mirror? She looks at me with empty eyes. The rosy cheeks that gave her warmth, the spirit that charged her soul are gone. She seems consumed by life. The ashen face so lost. A tear runs down her cheek. I lift my hand and wipe her tears away. TUG- Patt
08-18-2008, 02:33 PM #4
Round 1 Game 2
1961 Michigan (6-3) at 1989 Michigan (10-2)
1961 Michigan finished 6th in the Big Ten and were unranked at the end of the season.
1989 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #7 on the AP Poll
Quite a game here as the 1961 Wolverines had upset on their minds. Just 3 minutes into the game Michael Taylor coughs up the football and Jim Raeder scoops it up and races 32 yards for the opening score. They would tack on a Doug Bickle field goal and lead it 10-0 before the '89 squad could even muster so much as a first down. Tony Boles ended that as he took the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and it was now 10-7. The '61 team wanted to show they meant business as they followed that with a monster 16 play 80 yard drive that saw Bruce McLenna push his way into the end zone. Nothing was going the '89 teams way as they even tried a fake punt only to see Jarrod Bunch have a pass slip through his fingers. Quarterback Dave Glinka got into the act as he continued the onslaught with an 8 yard touchdown run and it was now 23-7 in favor of '61 Michigan as we went into the half.
Bo must have given the '89 squad quite an earful at intermission as they came out like gangbusters in the second half. The '89 Wolverines shut out the '61 team 20-0 in the second half and come back to advance to the next round. Michael Taylor overcame a rough 1st half where he fumbled twice to spearhead an unstoppable offense in the 2nd. The prettiest play for him was the score that gave the '89 squad the lead, a beautiful play action toss to Greg McMurtry that went for 34 yards and a score.
'89 Michigan- 27
'61 Michigan- 23
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08-18-2008, 04:45 PM #5
Round 1 Game 3
1995 Michigan (9-4) at 1973 Michigan (10-0-1)
1995 Michigan finished tied for 3rd in the Big Ten and #17 in the AP Poll.
1973 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
A great defensive battle between two solid teams. The '73 Michigan team led things late as they went into the 4th with a 7-3 lead. Disaster would strike '73 Michigan though as young cornerback Charles Woodson picked off a Dennis Franklin pass leading to a Tim Biakabutuka 3 yard touchdown run. That gave the '95 squad a 10-7 lead. Franklin wasn't about to let that pick decide it as he led the '73 Wolverines on a 13 play 73 yard drive (all on the ground) that he finished himself with a 4 yard scoring run. That's how it would end as '95 Michigan had to punt the ball away with just over 4 minutes remaining and the '73 squad would run out the clock.
Linebacker Steve Strinko had a huge day for the '73 Wolverines garnering himself the MVP with 10 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.
'73 Michigan- 14
'95 Michigan- 10
08-18-2008, 04:59 PM #6
Round 1 Game 4
1994 Michigan (8-4) at 1986 Michigan (11-2)
1994 Michigan finished 3rd in the Big Ten and #12 in the AP Poll.
1986 Michigan tied for first in the Big Ten and finished #8 in the AP Poll.
Our first actual shootout as Jim Harbaugh brought his A game but so did the '94 Michigan backfield. Harbaugh was brilliant as he threw for 278 yards and 2 scores while rushing for 55 yards and another score. He took the '86 Wolverines into the 4th quarter with a 28-20 lead but Tyrone Wheatley and Tim Biakabutuka weren't about to let things get away from them. Biakabutuka would score 3 touchdowns in the 4th while Tyrone Wheatley busted one big run after another as the 4th turned into a track meet. To tell you how close it was the '94 team led it 42-35 but Harbaugh connected with Kenny Higgins on a 36 yard pass as time expired. He missed the endzone by 4 yards. The '94 Wolverines advance in a slight upset.
Tyrone Wheatley finished with 162 yard rushing while his teammate Tim Biakabutuka added 119 yards and 3 touchdowns.
'94 Michigan- 42
'86 Michigan- 35
08-20-2008, 04:43 PM #7
Round 1 Game 5
2004 Michigan (9-3) at 2001 Michigan (8-4)
2004 Michigan tied for 1st in the Big Ten and finished #14 in the AP Poll.
2001 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #20 in the AP Poll.
Chad Henne and Braylon Edwards toyed with the 2001 Wolverine defense while John Navarre struggled mightily. Henne tossed 3 touchdown passes and Braylon caught 9 passes for 163 yards as the 2004 Wolverines held off their 2001 counterparts. John Navarre had issues from the start tossing two big interceptions in the second quarter. B.J. Askew would have to go it alone as he rushed for a game high 98 yards on 25 carries. He also caught 4 balls out of the backfield for another 56 yards. It wasn't enough though as the 2001 teams tournament ends here.
2004 Michigan- 27
2001 Michigan- 21
08-20-2008, 04:46 PM #8
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08-20-2008, 07:12 PM #9
08-20-2008, 07:25 PM #10
1983 Michigan (9-3) at 1968 Michigan (8-2)
1983 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #8 in the AP Poll.
1968 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #12 in the AP Poll.
Bob Bergeron kicked 5 field goals for the '83 Wolverines but it wouldn't be enough as Ron Johnson leads the '68 team to victory. The '83 Wolverines dominated statistically but 3 costly turnovers spelled doom in the end. Ron Johnson rushed for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the '68 squad while Sim Nelson had 5 catches and 101 yards to lead the '83 team. The key play had to have been Pete Newell's 27 yard INT return for a touchdown early in the 2nd quarter. That made the score 14-3 and the '68 Wolverines rode that momentum to the end.
'68 Michigan- 21
'83 Michigan- 15
08-21-2008, 06:58 PM #11
Round 2 Game 2
1985 Michigan (10-1-1) at 1981 Michigan (9-3)
1985 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #2 in the AP Poll.
1981 Michigan finished tied for 3rd in the Big Ten and #12 in the AP Poll.
This game game did not live up to it's billing as the '85 crew dominated from the start. They would build a 27-3 lead with 11 minutes to play in the 4th when the '81 team finally came to life. They would score 2 quick touchdowns in two possessions cutting the lead to 27-17 but it was all a little too late. The '85 Wolverines hold on to advance to the next round. Butch Woolfolk was the lone star for '81 Michigan as he rushed for 109 yards on 16 carries and a score. The '85 Wolverines rushed for 255 yards as a team.
'85 Michigan- 27
'81 Michigan- 17
08-21-2008, 07:21 PM #12
1982 Michigan (8-4) at 1963 Michigan (3-4-2)
1982 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten but unranked on the AP Poll (ranked #15 in the UPI poll)
1963 Michigan finished tied for 5th in the Big Ten and unranked in the AP Poll.
Our first true mismatch but the first half proved to be eye opening one for the '82 Wolverines. The '82 squad jumped out to a 14-0 lead on 2 1st quarter touchdown runs by Lawrence Ricks and it looked like the rout was on. Unfortunately for '82 Michigan the turnover bug started to bite. Dan Rice coughed up the football at Michigan's own 29 yard line and three plays later Bob Timberlake found John Henderson from 7 yards out and the lead was cut to 14-7. On the ensuing kickoff Steve Johnson coughs it up and the '63 Wolverines were in business again. This time it was Dick Rindfuss taking it in from 4 yards out and the game was tied at 14. That would the last hurrah for '63 Michigan as on the 2nd play of the second half Steve Smith connects with Anthony Carter for an amazing 50 yard touchdown. The '82 Wolverines never looked back throttling the '63 squad in the second half. Lawrence Ricks finished the day with 4 touchdowns and 89 yards rushing. Anthony Carter caught 3 passes for 94 yards and the one score. Mel Anthony led the '63 team with 66 yards on 14 carries.
'82 Michigan- 41
'63 Michigan- 14
08-21-2008, 10:43 PM #13
These are great SweetLou, keep it up!
08-22-2008, 02:49 PM #14
08-22-2008, 03:02 PM #15
Round 2 Game 4
1980 Michigan (10-2) at 1999 Michigan (10-2)
1980 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #4 in the AP Poll.
1999 Michigan finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten and #5 in the AP Poll.
A game that was pretty evenly matched and played out much that way but with Special Teams deciding it. The '99 Wolverines got strong play from Anthony Thomas (23-95-1) and Tom Brady (244 yards passing) but 2 missed field goals and a missed XP by Jeff Del Verne cost them in the end. On the other side Anthony Carter set the '80 Wolverines up with great field position time and time again with his phenomenal kick returns, averaging 33.2 yards over 5 returns. The game came down to the wire but ended when on 4th down Marcus Knight was stopped a yard shy of the first. John Wangler threw 2 touchdowns for '80 Michigan and the three headed monster of Woolfolk, Edwards and Ricks combined for 199 yards on 49 carries.
'80 Michigan- 21
'99 Michigan- 15
08-22-2008, 03:12 PM #16
Round 2 Game 5
2003 Michigan (10-3) at 1978 Michigan (10-2)
2003 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
1978 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #5 in the AP Poll.
The 2003 Wolverines struck first as Braylon Edwards took a John Navarre pass and raced 57 yards for the opening score. They would need a lot more quick strikes like that though to keep up with '78 Michigan. Unfortunately for them they didn't get them. The '78 Wolverines used an unstoppable running game to control the clock for an amazing 41 minutes as they decimated a tough 2003 squad. Rick Leach was amazing as he rushed for 119 yards on 14 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. As a team the '78 Wolverines amassed 382 yards rushing! Harlon Huckleby chipped in with 86 yards on 18 carries and a score. John Navarre is having a rough go of it in this tourney as he tosses 2 picks to go along with his 2 touchdown passes.
'78 Michigan- 35
'03 Michigan- 14
08-22-2008, 03:20 PM #17
Just to let anyone who is following this know, I have turned on Live Update so if I'm playing a game you can follow the action Of course if I'm not playing at the time you check it will just have my last game played or saved. Here is the website.
08-22-2008, 03:40 PM #18
The older teams are taking down the new ones!VT B.R.B. "We only part to meet again"
AAT: RHP Will Clinard
08-22-2008, 05:08 PM #19
1940 Michigan (7-1) at 1964 Michigan (8-1)
1940 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #3 in the AP Poll.
1964 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #4 in the AP Poll.
Not much scoring in this one as the '64 Wolverines upset the '40 Wolverines. The '64 Wolverines shut down the vaunted rushing attack of Harmon and Westfall while John Henderson and Bob Timberlake teamed up for a clutch game winning drive late in the game. Tom Harmon accounted for the '40 Wolverines only score returning a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. He also had the oddest line of the day completing 4 of 9 passes for 3 yards. John Henderson led '64 Michigan with 6 catches for 102 yards while Bob Timblerlake threw for 133 and rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown.
'64 Michigan- 10
'40 Michigan- 7
08-23-2008, 02:52 PM #20
Those 70's teams Bo had were tough! Great running game with just enough passing and lights out defenses. I've been extremely impressed with Rick Leach's teams so far. You forget how good those teams were. I just finished a game with the '76 team and it was a shocker to say the least
08-23-2008, 03:04 PM #21
'76 Michigan (10-2) at '92 Michigan (9-0-3)
'76 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #3 in the AP Poll.
'92 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #5 in the AP Poll.
Wow, a shocker as I thought this '92 Wolverines team would definitely make waves in this tourney. Unfortunately they ran into a buzz saw that is the 1976 Michigan team. Rob Lytle (21-135-1) led a rushing attack that amassed 355 yards while the '76 defense picked off Elvis Grbac 3 times as they rolled over the undefeated '92 squad. The '76 Wolverines were so dominant they never punted once on the day. Rick Leach continued his effectiveness in this tournament as his '76 self threw for 105 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 50 and a score. Tyrone Wheatley led the way for '92 Michigan as he picked up 92 yards on the ground in 14 carries.
'76 Michigan- 41
'92 Michigan- 7
08-23-2008, 03:19 PM #22
1989 Michigan (10-2) at 1979 Michigan (8-4)
1989 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #7 in the AP Poll
1979 Michigan finished 3rd in the Big Ten and #18 in the AP Poll.
The '89 Wolverines did it again. They comeback from sure defeat to solidify a position in the final sixteen. John Wangler and the boys from '79 Michigan came to play as they jetted to a quick 7-0 lead on a Wangler to Doug Marsh 9 yard touchdown. The defense did their part shutting down the '89 Wolverines running game and forcing Michael Taylor to make plays with his arm. For 3 quarters it worked to perfection. Wangler struck again in the 3rd quarter this time teaming up with Ralph Clayton for an 11 yard touchdown and the '79 squad had themselves a 14-0 lead going into the 4th quarter. I though about replacing Taylor with Elvis Grbac but stayed with Taylor due to his elusiveness and it paid off. Taylor leads '89 Michigan on two touchdown drives late to tie the game up with just over 5 minutes left to play. John Wangler put together a great drive of his own and with 3 minutes to go Bryan Virgil had a chance to give '79 Michigan the lead once more. He would miss the 35 yarder wide left and the '89 Wolverines were still kicking. Michael Taylor would use short passes and perfectly timed running plays to move the ball down the field. With just :08 seconds remaining JD Carlson would nail a long 50 yard field goal to send the '89 team to the next round.
'89 Michigan- 17
'76 Michigan- 14
08-23-2008, 11:45 PM #23
SweetLou, do you have brackets set up that we could see?
08-24-2008, 11:23 AM #24
Here is the schedule and summary. This tournament was a random draw so there isn't any seedings. Looks like '97 Michigan has got themselves a tough 2nd round matchup
08-25-2008, 06:45 PM #25
Round 2 Game 9
1947 Michigan (10-0) at 1988 Michigan (9-2-1)
1947 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #1 in the AP Poll.
1988 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #4 in the AP Poll.
This one was an ESPN Instant Classic
In 1st quarter action '88 Michigan took control early as on their first drive Leroy Hoard bust a 70 yard run down to the '47 Michigan 1 yard line. Tony Boles took it in from there and '88 Michigan had the early lead. '47 Michigan came right back with a 12 play 80 yard drive that Bob Chappuis finished with a 6 yard TD run to tie the game at 7. On '88 Michigan's next drive a Chris Calloway 46 yard completion and two big Michael Taylor run's led to another Tony Boles score, this one from 3 yards out and '88 Michigan was back on top. Then things got real dicey for '47 Michigan as they attempted a little trickery. Dick Kempthorn took the handoff and pitched it back to Chappuis for the ole flea flicker but Chappuis was unable to grasp the pitch and lost it to J.J. Grant who rumbled 18 yards for the touchdown and all of a sudden '88 Michigan opened up a 2 touchdown lead over the National Champions.
Chappuis and the boys though would respond like true champions as they marched down the field on their next possession where Chappuis would score his second touchdown of the day, this one from 3 yards out and the lead was 21-14. That's how would would end going into the half.
The '47 Wolverines would start the half out on the right foot as on the very first play Bump Elliot intercepts an errant toss by Michael Taylor and takes it down to the '88 Wolverine 8 yard line. Four plays later Jack Weisenburger carries it in from the 4 and Michigan seemingly ties up the game. Jim Brieske though would miss the XP and that left the score at 21-20 in favor of the '88 Wolverines.
Leroy Hoard scored late in the 3rd quarter giving the '88 Wolverines an 8 point lead going into the 4th quarter. That seemed to be the end as the '47 team had a case of the dropsies. Looking to tie the game and with a 1st and goal from the '88 Wolverine 9 yard line Bob Chappuis fumbled the ball where Erik Anderson would recover for the '88 squad. Then the '88 Wolverines started to run off time in methodical fashion. Mike Gillette would come on to punt with just over 9 minutes to play and the '47 Wolverines in a world of hurt. They would be up to the task as Bob Chappuis leads them on a 13 play drive where Tom Peterson would give them new life with a 3 yard touchdown run. Of course they needed 2 to tie and Chappuis would give them that finding Howard Yerges on a little circle pass. There was still 3 minutes to play and '88 Michigan quickly went to work. Michael Taylor rushed 3 straight times for 12 yards but on the next play, a pass to McMurtry for 7 yards, he got his bell rung. Demetrious Brown would enter the game. Brown just didn't have the same luck as the drive would stall at the '47 Michigan 31 yard line. Mike Gillette would come on to attempt the 48 yard field goal with just over a minute to play. Gillette would miss and the '47 Wolverines were still alive. After two plays that went no where '47 Michigan decided to take things to overtime running out the remaining time.
The first overtime saw '88 Michigan get the ball first. They would do absolutely nothing losing a yard in 3 plays. Then Mike Gillette misses from 43 yards out leaving the door wide open for '47 Michigan. But a holding call and a unreliable kicking game stopped them cold. We were headed for a second overtime.
In the second overtime Bob Chappuis led the Wolverines down to the 14 yard line but Dave Arnold stepped in front of Donovan Hershberger to pick off the pass. Now all '88 Michigan had to do was get in position for a game winning field goal. But Mike Gillette did it again. He missed a 37 yarder and now we were headed for a 3rd overtime.
The third overtime saw the '88 Wolverines leave no doubt as Tony Boles scored his 3rd touchdown of the game giving them a 6 point lead. He would not be able to convert the 2 point conversion though and the '47 Wolverines were still kicking. But on the very first play of their possession Chappuis hit Irv Wisniewski on a quick slant who then fumbled the football and Alex Marshall would recover for the '88 Wolverines. Game Over.
A very disappointing loss for the '47 team but fumbles and a horrible kicking game did them in.
Bob Chappuis ended up the goat in this one as he fumbles 3 times. Mike Gillette would have been the goat for '88 Michigan if they had lost. He missed 5 field goals on the day!
'88 Michigan- 34
'47 Michigan- 28
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08-28-2008, 04:58 PM #26
1972 Michigan (10-1) at 1994 Michigan (8-4)
1972 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
1994 Michigan finished 3rd in the Big Ten and #12 in the AP Poll.
The '94 Wolverines are quickly becoming the Cinderella story of this tournament. In the 1st round '94 Michigan got into a high scoring shootout with Jim Harbaugh and the '86 Wolverines. This time it was the defense's turn as they shut down the '72 Wolverines. A Remy Hamilton field goal was the only scoring in this game up until the 4th quarter when Todd Collins hooked up with Amani Toomer for a 12 yard touchdown that pretty much wrapped the game up. The '72 Wolverines could only manage 170 total yards in the game
'94 Michigan- 10
'72 Michigan- 0
08-29-2008, 05:15 PM #27
1973 Michigan (10-0-1) at 2000 Michigan (9-3)
1973 Michigan finished tied for first in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
2000 Michigan finished tied for first in the Big Ten and #11 in the AP Poll.
This game presented a great contrast in styles. The stingy defense of '73 Michigan versus the explosive offense of 2000 Michigan.The '73 power running game versus the '00 bend and sometimes break defense. Well it didn't start well for the '00 team as the '73 Wolverines methodically marched down the field on the game's opening possession. The '73 team took 15 plays and 8 minutes to move 67 yards but had to settle for a field goal. The 2000 team proved why they can be a scary opponent as they took all of 2 minutes to move 90 yards and answer the '73 score. Anthony Thomas breaks free and races 47 yards for the touchdown and the '00 Wolverines had a 7-3 lead. After an exchange of field goals Paul Seal gave the '73 Wolverines momentum going in to the half with a 39 yard end around for the go ahead score. '73 Michigan led at the half 13-10.
The 2000 Wolverines came out firing in the second half. Drew Henson hooks up with Marquise Walker for a 13 yard touchdown to give the '00 Wolverines the lead once again, then the '73 Wolverines really dug themselves a hole. Dennis Franklin coughs the ball up and Shantee Orr gathers it up and rambles 42 yards for another score. The '00 Wolverines now led it 24-13 midway through the 3rd. Franklin would fumble for a second time on the very next possession and Dan Rumishek would recover at the '73 Michigan 33 yard line. This time they would have to settle for a Hayden Epstein field goal and a 27-13 lead.
Things were looking bleak as '73 Michigan's offense was geared for running the football and taking time off the clock. Now with just over a quarter to play they needed quick scores. Gil Chapman gave them what they needed. Chapman rips off a 64 yard touchdown run with 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter and the '73 Wolverines were now back in the ball game. After a 3 and out for '00 Michigan Dave Brown gave '73 Michigan another lift as he fields the Epstien punt and returns it 53 yards deep into '00 Michigan territory. They would settle for a Mike Lantry field goal and now the '73 Wolverines were within 4 at 27-23. The 2000 Wolverines had a chance to kick a chip shot field goal with 10 minutes to go but an errant snap could not be fielded and they would get nothing. But even so 2000 Michigan looked to be in control as with just over 2 minutes remaining and '73 Michigan out of timeouts they started moving the ball. Then on 3rd and 7 a miracle, or some might say tragedy, happened. Drew Henson completed a pass to often injured tight end Eric Rosel who took it down the '73 Michigan 28 yard line but a hard hit popped the ball out and Dan Dufek was johnny on the spot. He scooped it up and started running until they finally caught him at the '00 1 yard line! The '73 Wolverines though were not going to make things easy as on the first play from the 1 '73 Michigan was flagged for holding. It didn't matter as 3 plays later Ed Shuttlesworth powers in from 4 yards out and the '73 Wolverines win in dramatic fashion.
'73 Michigan- 30
'00 Michigan- 27
on as side note, I saw Eric Rosel's name on the 2000 roster and couldn't seem to remember the man. So I started googling his name to find any information I could. I found this link for a book preview of "Michigan: Where have you gone? by Jim Cnockaert. Does anyone else have this book? Wow, just reading the preview I really want this book. Some great insight on some of the great names in Michigan history.
09-02-2008, 05:08 PM #28
1997 Michigan (12-0) at 1974 Michigan (10-1)
1997 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #1 in the AP Poll.
1974 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #3 in the AP Poll.
The '97 Wolverines came out flying defensively in this one. Two early Kraig Baker field goals gave the '97 team a 6-0 lead. And when Dennis Franklin was lit up and had to leave the game it looked like divine intervention for the '97 National Champs. But one play would change all that momentum as Don Dufek picks off a pass intended for Tai Streets giving the '74 Wolverines great field position. Dennis Franklin was back in behind center and he would lead them on a short drive culminating in a 16 yard touchdown pass to Jim Smith. The extra point would give the '74 Wolverines the lead going into halftime, 7-6.
The second half saw the '97 Wolverines grab back the lead on another Kraig Baker field goal, his 3rd of the day and it was now 9-7. We would head to the 4th quarter and the '74 Wolverines made their move. Franklin caught a wide open Gil Chapman in stride for a 42 yard gain and 6 plays later found Glen DenBoer in the end zone for a 11 yard touchdown pass as the '74 Wolverines grabbed the lead, 14-9. Gil Chapman would strike again late in the 4th breaking loose for another big gain that put the '74 Wolverines on the doorstep once again. This time they would settle for a Mike Lantry field goal leaving only 1:20 left for the '97 Wolverines to work with. Brian Griese moved them down to the '74 Wolverine 35 yard line but Chris Floyd fumbles and Don Dufek recovers to pretty much end it right there. In a small upset the '74 Wolverines advance to the final sixteen.
'74 Michigan- 17
'97 Michigan- 9
09-02-2008, 05:18 PM #29
1991 Michigan (10-2) at 2006 Michigan (11-2)
1991 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
2006 Michigan finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
There would be no Desmond magic in this one as the 2006 Wolverines thump the '91 squad. Chad Henne tossed 3 touchdown passes while the '06 Wolverines totally dominated defensively. Elvis Grbac was in trouble all day and their running game finished with only 96 yards. Michael Hart found the yards tough to come by as well as he finished with 83 on 23 carries and a touchdown. The key was the constant pressure the '06 Wolverines put on Elvis Grbac as he was sacked 4 times and fumbled twice.
'06 Michigan- 34
'91 Michigan- 10
09-03-2008, 11:03 AM #30
2004 Michigan (9-3) at 1971 Michigan (11-1)
2004 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #14 in the AP Poll.
1971 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
Bo's early 70's teams continue to roll in this tourney as the '71 Wolverines have little trouble with the young guns of '04. Billy Taylor ran for 3 scores while the '71 Wolverine defense limited the '04 team to 23 yards rushing. With the ground game not working Chad Henne had to go to the air. That didn't work out so well as he was intercepted 3 times on the day. Braylon Edwards though did have a solid day as he caught 10 balls for 114 yards.
'71 Michigan- 35
'04 Michigan- 10
09-03-2008, 11:20 AM #31
1990 Michigan (9-3) at 1977 Michigan (10-2)
1990 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #7 in the AP Poll.
1977 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #9 in the AP Poll.
After the ugly dismissal of the '91 Wolverine team this '90 team promised revenge as Elvis Grbac and Desmond Howard did not want to leave empty handed. Revenge is what they got. The '90 Wolverines jumped all over the '77 team and led it 17-0 early. This included a beautiful fake field goal that Ken Sollom ran in for a touchdown early in the 2nd. Things looked good as Jon Vaughn was ripping off yardage and Elvis Grbac was on target with his receivers. Rick Leach though would score on a 6 yard touchdown run to make the halftime score 17-7.
In the 3rd Grbac hooked up with Desmond on a scintillating 53 yard touchdown pass and the '90 Wolverines upped their lead to 24-7. Then the '77 Wolverines started to make their way back. Harlen Huckleby and Stanley Edwards each score late to make the score 24-21 in favor of the '90 Wolverines but the momentum had shifted over to the '77 teams side. Two big plays would decide the game. Ricky Powers breaks off a 34 yard touchdown run to push the lead back to 10 and then Vada Murray scoops up a Ralph Clayton fumble and streaks 54 yards for the clinching score. The '90 team survives to the final sixteen.
Elvis Grbac finished the day with 305 yards passing and a touchdown while Jon Vaughn rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries and a score.
'90 Michigan- 38
'77 Michigan- 21
09-03-2008, 11:32 AM #32
2002 Michigan (10-3) at 1969 Michigan (8-3)
2002 Michigan finished 2nd in the Big Ten and #9 in the AP Poll.
1969 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #9 in the AP Poll.
Bo's first team as a Wolverine met an ugly end in this tourney as Don Moorehead's 4 interceptions leads the '02 Wolverines to an easy victory. John Navarre's '02 self had his best game in the tourney with 308 passing yards and a pick. Chris Perry brutalized the '69 Wolverines with one tough run after another. He finished with 96 yards and 3 touchdowns. The only touchdown for the '69 Wolverines came on a Mike Taylor 36 yard interception return for a touchdown.
'02 Michigan- 30
'69 Michigan- 7
09-03-2008, 11:42 AM #33
That sets up the final sixteen combatants. Here is the schedule of games.
09-12-2008, 11:23 AM #34
Round 2 Game 1
1990 Michigan (9-3) at 1971 Michigan (11-1)
1990 Michigan finished tied for 1st in the Big Ten and #7 in the AP Poll.
1971 Michigan finished 1st in the Big Ten and #6 in the AP Poll.
Despite an 86 yard Desmond Howard kickoff return for a touchdown the '71 Wolverines dominated the first half of this game. They would take a 17-7 lead into the lockeroom. In the second half the '90 Wolverines clawed their way back into the game as Elvis Grbac and Desmond Howard hooked up for a 34 yard score and a J.D. Carlson field goal tied things up headed to the 4th quarter. In the 4th both teams traded scores as Billy Taylor ran one in from 11 yards and Jon Vaughn broke off a 31 yard run. Late in the game '71 Michigan's Dana Coin missed two field goals that probably would have ended the game and the two teams would have to settle it in overtime.
In the 1st overtime Todd Plate picks off Tom Slade giving the '90 Wolverines a great shot at ending the game. J.D. Carlson though would miss an easy 34 yarder and we were headed for a 2nd overtime period.
In the second overtime both kickers missed field goals sending things to a third overtime.
Then in the 3rd OT Glenn Doughty races 14 yards for a score but the '71 Wolverines missed the two point conversion. The '90 Wolverines were still alive. That is until 2nd down. Elvis Grbac is blindsided and fumbles the football, Fred Grambau recovers for '71 Michigan. Ballgame over.
The 1971 Wolverines move on to the final 8.
Billy Taylor had a big day for the '71 Wolverines rushing for 135 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
Jon Vaughn rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown for the '91 team.
'71 Michigan- 30
'90 Michigan- 24
09-25-2008, 05:39 PM #35
The Last Sixteen Game 2
1980 Michigan (10-2) at 1964 Michigan (8-1)
John Wangler's 5 yard touchdown toss to Anthony Carter with just 7 minutes to play thwarts the '64 Wolverines plans to advance. '64 Michigan dominated offensively as Bob Timberlake did all he could do to ensure victory. He rushed for 125 of the teams 284 yards and passed for another 73. Mel Anthony chipped in with 49 yards and a 15 yard touchdown run that gave the '64 squad a lead they wouldn't relinquish till the 4th quarter. Anthony Carter was limited to 4 catches for 52 yards and the touchdown that won the game.
'80 Michigan- 10
'64 Michigan- 7
09-25-2008, 05:49 PM #36
1989 Michigan (10-2) at 1973 Michigan (10-0-1)
J.D. Carlson's 29 yard field goal with 1:48 remaining lifts the '89 Wolverines to yet another big victory. The '73 Wolverines had the lead heading into the 4th but Michael Taylor rallied the troops once again leading them on two huge drives that resulted in two J.D. Carlson field goals. Dennis Franklin, who rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries, still had a shot in the end but Tripp Welbourne picks him off to secure the win.
'89 Michigan- 16
'73 Michigan- 13
10-07-2008, 08:13 PM #37
The Last Sixteen Game 4
2006 Michigan (11-2) at 1985 Michigan (10-1-1)
The 2006 Wolverines capitalize on 4 turnovers and edge the '85 Wolverines to take their place in the final 8. The '85 Wolverines held an edge on almost every statistical category but the 3 fumbles and 1 interception gave the game away. Chad Henne was outstanding throwing for 243 yards and a touchdown. Michael Hart was bottled up by the '85 defense as he was held to only 64 yards on 23 carries. Jim Harbaugh had a rough day as the '06 Michigan secondary took away a lot of his weapons.
'06 Michigan- 29
'85 Michigan- 20
11-02-2008, 12:55 PM #38
The Last Sixteen Game 5
1994 Michigan (8-4) at 1978 Michigan (10-2)
Todd Collins was picked off 3 times and the '78 Wolverine defense shut down the '94 Michigan running game in route to a victory at the Big House. Rick Leach was once again amazing garnering the game's MVP with another great performance. Leach accounted for 3 touchdowns, one through the air and two on the ground. As a team the '78 Wolverines amassed 292 yards on the ground led by Harlan Huckleby's 94 yards. Amani Toomer had a big day in a losing cause as he caught 6 balls for 130 yards and a score.
'78 Michigan- 38
'94 Michigan- 27
11-02-2008, 01:11 PM #39
The Last Sixteen Game 6
1974 Michigan (10-1) at 2002 Michigan (10-3)
The '74 Wolverines had no trouble dispatching of the 2002 Wolverines as they ran right through them on their way to the Final 8. The '74 Wolverines rushed for an incredible 435 yards led by Gordon Bell (21-151-1), Rob Lytle (17-112-2) and Chuck Heeter (19-90-1). Bennie Joppru was the lone highlight for the 2002 Wolverines as he led the team in receiving with 62 yards on 4 receptions.
'74 Michigan- 31
'02 Michigan- 7
11-02-2008, 01:26 PM #40
The Last Sixteen Game 7
1988 Michigan (9-2-1) at 1968 Michigan (8-2)
The '68 Wolverines started strong going 77 yards on 13 plays where Ron Johnson would power in from 5 yards out and a 7-0 lead. That momentum would quickly change as Tony Boles and the '88 Wolverines score 28 unanswered and never looked back. Tony Boles had a huge day, rushing for 143 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. Leroy Hoard chipped in with 3 touchdowns rushing. Ron Johnson managed 95 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown for the '68 squad.
'88 Michigan- 35
'68 Michigan- 14