Spite Factor 10 | U-M 70, Illinois 21 (11/7/1981)
Most would agree that Bo was not big on running up the score. If Michigan’s margins of victory were significant, some of those points were earned by the second and third stringers, as good as some of the other schools in the conference. Bo, however, seemed to be willing to make an exception if he didn’t like you, and if he felt that you had wronged a friend. This left Illinois wide open for a thumping as Schembechler was not a fan of Illini head coach Mike White, the man who had replaced his friend and longtime assistant Gary Moeller as Illinois head coach in 1980.
After Illinois fired him, Moeller had rejoined the Michigan staff as the quarterbacks coach (and recommended his former Illinois assistant Lloyd Carr join the staff as a defensive backs coach, snagging him away from West Virginia and former Bo assistant Don Nehlan). In the first home game after the death of legendary Michigan football play by play man Bob Ufer, the fans paid their tribute with a moment of silence for the MEEEECHIGAN man and then Bo and the Maize and Blue proceeded to demolish Illinois’ best team since 1963.