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This week we head back exactly 45 years to the opener of the 1969 season and a new era in Michigan Football History. It was of course the debut of Bo…and Canham’s beloved new carpet:
Speaking of Canham’s carpet, I love this old shot of Dierdorf and Bo:
You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here…And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge starting at 11:30am.
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Up on mgoblue.com right now, a nice piece on the Michigan coaching ties to Miami, OH and its famed Cradle of Coaches. It include a few great quotes from longtime assistant coach Jerry Hanlon, Tirrel Burton, Jon Falk and others. Hanlon:
“I’m a double ‘M Man,’ ” Hanlon said. “You can’t get Miami out of my blood because it gave me my start. It’s going to be tough this Saturday, but I think I’ve worn the maize and blue a little too long.”
More importantly, I got a kick out of this. The lead pic features Bo’s staff in 1975 during team photo day…but look who’s chilling in the background!
Here’s Les, a senior offensive guard in ‘75, in the front row of the team photo if you need him:
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This Week..heads back to September 6, 2008 with RichRod looking for his first win in Ann Arbor against Miami, OH. For obvious reasons we quickly spin away from 2008 and take a little Notre Dame/Michigan history, specifically to the cancelation of 1910 that tossed gasoline on the rivalry:
You can catch all of the This Week in Michigan Football History clips here…And don’t forget to catch it live Saturday on the KeyBank Countdown to kick-off on WTKA 1050AM or inside the Bud Light Victors Lounge starting at 8am.
For more on the Notre Dame Rivalry:
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mgoblog’s Hail to the Victors preseason mag is an annual must-get so if you don’t got, get (also at UGP stores around town). This year the Tales from Old Blue history section alone features pieces by Craig Ross, Bacs, John Kryk, Michael Florek, and yrs truly.
Florek pulled together a brilliant slice of U-M lore by chronicling the origins of the Wave in Ann Arbor. Nutshell: U-M experienced the Wave, coupled with deafening fan noise, in action during the September 17, 1983 loss at Husky Stadium against Washington (U-Dub invented it in 1981). Five weeks later the cheerleading team introduced it to Michigan Stadium when #12 Iowa came to Ann Arbor.
The story around the origins is very cool, but even better is the reaction of one Gen. Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler a couple weeks after it was introduced:
“That thing (the Wave) never should have started. If it never started nobody would know that we have an oval stadium and that you can make an ass of yourself all the way around the oval. I can’t believe that fans are not sophisticated enough to understand the game. It’s unsportsmanlike to both teams.”
Damn, Bo was a beauty. Needless to say the fans didn’t like being told what to or not to do in the stadium & letters to the Michigan Daily blasted back at Bo for his comments. net-net – Bo backed off, the Wave endured, and get HTTV 2014.
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It’s Spring Break for many here in Michigan and thus WPW takes the foot off the gas this week, featuring just one shot of General George S. Patton Schembechler:
|Schembechler Hall was dedicated this past weekend, and of course the centerpiece is the new Bo statue. Details on the 7 1/2 foot bronze Bo features the mandatory ‘M’ hat, sunglasses, a headset (with “BO” in Dymotape label) in his hand, and a Rose Bowl watch on his wrist. The above 35MM shot of Coach Bo looks to be in the ballpark of the era of the pose that was used for the statue, and that looks to be a Rose Bowl watch shining on his left wrist as he calls timeout. You can find that photo on eBay right now.|
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[Ed. Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis returns with the next round of the Bo Brackets. You can find background including how the teams were selected here, and a breakdown of the Schembechler 16 results here and the Elite 8 here.]
Oosterbaan Region Champion – 1973 vs.
Yost Region Champion – 1976
Everybody expected this game to be a George Patton-like ground assault, but it didn’t start out that way. On the first play from scrimmage, 1976 sophomore QB Rick Leach called an audible and hit a wide open Curt Stephenson for a 76-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Just as surprising was how the 1973 UM squad responded. Dennis Franklin completed three straight passes to Paul Seal, Gil Chapman and Clint Haslerig to set up All-American Mike Lantry’s 33-yard field goal, and that’s how the first quarter ended, 7-3 in favor of Bo’s 1976 group.
The second quarter featured more of what everyone was expecting to see – three yards and a cloud of dust. When the dust settled, Ed Shuttlesworth and Rob Lytle traded touchdowns in between another Lantry field goal. As Bo’s two best teams from the ’70s went into the locker room at halftime, the 1976 contingent was clinging to a one point lead, 14-13.
In the third quarter, Leach overthrew a wide open Jim Smith and Dave Brown returned it 40 yards to set up Chuck Heater’s 1-yard touchdown plunge and for the first time the 1973 team had the lead, 20-14. After that errant Leach pass, offensive coordinator Chuck Stobart put the passing playbook away and the ’76 squad went back to what it did best – run the ball. They responded with an 80-yard drive capped by Russell Davis’s 3-yard touchdown run, and after three quarters, the ’76 team was back on top, 21-20.
Late in the 4th quarter, a combination of Franklin passes and Shuttlesworth runs got the ’73 team down to the 12-yard line of ’76 UM, but the drive stalled when Franklin’s pass for Seal was broken up by Dwight Hicks. With just over five minutes to play in the game, Lantry came in to kick his third field of the game to give Bo’s ’73 team a 23-21 lead. Recognizing this might be their last possession, the ’76 squad methodically moved down the field milking the clock, not wanting to give their opponent another opportunity to score. And that’s exactly what they did as they set up Bobby Wood for a 30-yard field goal attempt with two seconds left on the clock.
As the ball was snapped back to Jerry Zuver the capacity Michigan Stadium crowd rose to its feet. Wood’s kick sailed high and end over end. It was headed right down the middle until the swirling wind veered the ball to the left. It struck the left upright, caromed off the crossbar and bounced back onto the playing field…NO GOOD!
The ’73 sideline erupted in euphoric jubilation!
Bo’s only undefeated team remained that way one more time and would carry the honor of Bo’s best team of the 70’s into the championship game. As they awaited the outcome of the winner of the 80s bracket co-captain Dave Gallagher summed up his teammates’ feeling best, “We don’t care who we play. We’re #1 man! We’ll play whoever, where ever – period!”
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Crisler Region Champion – 1980 vs.
Kipke Region Champion – 1985
If you liked defense, this was the game for you to watch as coordinators Bill McCartney and Gary Moeller went deep into their play books to gameplan against Bo’s top two teams from the 1980s. Naturally, both teams wanted to establish the run first, but the 1980 offense tried it with a new wrinkle – they came out in the wishbone. They had a stable of great running backs and figured the best way to get Butch Woolfolk, Lawrence Ricks and Stanley Edwards touches was to play them all at once.
On their first drive QB John Wangler was masterful with his backfield ball-handling. He mixed up his fakes and gives with Woolfolk, Ricks and Edwards so well that the 1985 defense was over-pursuing the ball. The drive ended with Wangler walking into the endzone on a 3-yard QB bootleg that had the entire ’85 defense chasing Woolfolk going the other way.
Down 7-0, the 1985 offense took the field as QB Jim Harbaugh used short passes to TE Eric Kattus and running backs Gerald White and Jamie Morris to matriculate down the field. Facing a 4th and goal at ’80 UM 1-yard line, Harbaugh and company came out in a wishbone formation of their own. Running the option, Harbaugh kept the ball himself and dove into the endzone to score. Mike Gillette’s extra point tied the game at 7-7.
In the second quarter, the defenses took over. Brad Cochran intercepted a Wangler pass to set up a Pat Moons 25-yard field goal. Morris then fumbled when he was hit hard by LB Andy Canavino. Paul Girgash recovered at the ’85 UM 21-yard line and four plays later Ali Haji-Shiekh kicked a 32-yard field goal on the last play of the first half. The capacity Michigan Stadium crowd roared their approval as the two best Michigan teams of the 1980’s went into the locker room at the half tied, 10-10.
To start the 2nd half, Harbaugh tried to stretch out the defense and open things up a bit. Long passes intended for John Kolesar and Paul Jokisch fell incomplete as Marion Body and Brian Carpenter made consecutive pass break-ups. On 3rd down, White gained absolutely nothing on a draw play as he was introduced to Mel Owens and Mike Trgovac of the ’80 UM defense.
When Monte Robbins punted on 4th down, Anthony Carter decided to show the ’85 team what the “special” in Special Teams really meant. He fielded the punt at his own 17-yard line and cut up the right sideline. As the ’85 team tried to angle Carter out of bounds, he cut through the wall of blockers to his left and outran everybody up the middle of the field for an 83-yard touchdown.
Michigan Stadium was rocking and the ’85 team was clearly shocked at what just happened. While the next two drives for the ’85 squad looked much like a Broadway Chorus-line, (1-2-3-kick, 1-2-3-kick), the ’80 offense faced similar struggles when they had the ball.
Wangler tried to get the ball more to Carter but Cochran and Tony Gant were bracketing AC like he had never been covered before. Not wanting to throw an interception, Wangler went back to the ground game, but the ’85 defense was waiting. They made their halftime adjustments and stayed at home instead of over-pursuing. When the 3rd quarter ended, Bo’s 1980 team held a slim 17-10 advantage.
Midway through the 4th quarter Morris broke free on a draw play for 52 yards but was caught from behind by Tony Jackson at the 1980 UM 21-yard line. The drive stalled and Moons came in to kick a 33-yard field goal. Clinging to a slim 17-13 lead with just over six minutes to play, the 1980 Offense needed a few first downs and another score to put this game away. They were able to milk the clock down to just over a minute, but Haji-Shiekh missed a 30-yard field goal and the ’85 team still had a chance.
Four straight pass completions by Harbaugh got the ball to the ’80 UM 37-yard line with four seconds remaining. When the nation’s most efficient passer called his team’s last timeout, every player on the ’85 squad knew that a Hail Mary pass was their only hope.
Kolesar, Jokisch, and Gilvanni Johnson all lined up to the right. Kattus was the tight end and Morris was in the backfield.
As Harbaugh took the snap all the receivers raced to the endzone. Jim threw the ball as far and as high as he could. Johnson got his hands on the pass in the endzone, but Keith Bostic stripped him of the ball as he was coming down with it. The pigskin deflected off several bodies and it looked like Jokisch miraculously came up with ball! An official was right there however and waved off the catch as the ball hit the turf just before Jokisch scooped it up.
The game was over and the 1980 UM squad had eked out a nail-biting 17-13 victory. They were Bo’s best team of the ’80s and would now square off against the ’73 squad to determine Bo’s Best Team ever.
Coming up next – the finals! Who do you give the edge?
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[Ed. On this day of what would be Bo Schembechler’s 85th birthday, Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis returns with the next round of the Bo Brackets. You can find background including how the teams were selected here, and a breakdown of the Schembechler 16 results here.]
1969 vs. 1976
|In an impressive combination of speed and power, Rick Leach, Rob Lytle & Russell Davis combined to rush for 349 yards and three touchdowns as the 1976 squad defeated Bo’s 1969 team, 21-10.
Don Moorehead’s passing (227 yards) and Billy Taylor’s rushing (110 yards) staked the ’69 Wolverines to an early lead until a colossal collision changed the complexion of the contest. Leading 10-7 midway through the third quarter and facing a 3rd and 7 on their own 23-yard line, Moorehead handed off to Taylor on a draw play. Before Taylor could put two hands on the ball, ’76 linebacker Calvin O’Neal hit the Michigan running back so violently that both players were out cold before they hit the Tartan Turf. Jerry Vogele recovered the fumble for the ’76 Wolverines at the 15-yard line.
Three plays later, Leach kept on an option keeper to give the ’76 team a lead they would not relinquish and the ’69 Wolverines were reeling.
A 4-yard TD run by Davis capped an 80-yard scoring drive in 15 plays to seal the deal late in the 4th quarter.
Afterwards, a noticeably shocked defensive coordinator Jim Young commented on the offensive juggernaut on the other side of the field. “We knew they were good based on the film we saw, but we never thought they’d be as quick as they were. I mean, some of their linemen were so fast they were almost outrunning their backs! If you would have told me that we would allow almost 350 yards rushing I would have never believed you, but for them to run off 65 offensive plays? Incredible! That is the finest ground game I have ever seen.”
1973 vs. 1971
|This game was your classic smash mouth contest. Both teams wanted to pound the ball on the ground and both had punishing defenses. Not surprisingly, it came down to the last possession.
Tied at 10 with just over a minute to go, the 1973 Wolverines faced a 4th and inches at the 2-yard line of the ’71 Wolverines.
The decision was made to disdain the easy field goal and that was fine with QB Dennis Franklin.
“We all wanted to go for it. When the call was made to run 28 Option, I went to the line looking to see where the defensive end was playing. He was cheating to the outside, so I went with a longer (snap) count. When I did that, their linebacker slid to the outside just a step. That was enough for me to know to hand the ball off the Easy Ed (Shuttlesworth). I didn’t see what happened because the defense thought I still had the ball when I went around the end. I got hit real hard, but when I heard the crowd roar, I knew that Ed made it into the endzone.”
QB Larry Cipa came in for Tom Slade on the last series but his futile passes were knocked down by the ’73 secondary to preserve the 17-10 victory.
Like Shuttlesworth said after the game, “It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take the win and move on, man!”
1980 vs. 1988
|In a battle of Bo’s only victorious Rose Bowl teams, this matchup was one that all UM fans looked forward to. And considering Schembechler’s penchant for keeping things conservative, this game was anything but. The tone was set right at the opening kickoff as 1980 speedster Anthony Carter returned it 105 yards for a touchdown and the track meet was on.
Demetrius Brown, who started at QB in place of an injured Michael Taylor, responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Chris Calloway on the ensuing possession as Brian Carpenter slipped on the coverage. And when Butch Woolfolk scored on a 92-yard run late in the 1st quarter, it looked like this game was going to be devoid of any defense.
1980 QB John Wangler was pressured into throwing a 3rd quarter interception that resulted in a 10-yard Leroy Hoard touchdown run which tied the score at 14.
After the game, Brown explained what happened on that fateful throw.
1985 vs. 1989
|Jim Harbaugh stoked the flames for this game by predicting victory earlier in the week.
“I have no doubt we will play well as a team and win Saturday. I guarantee it. That ’89 team is good, but I like the guys in my locker room.”
It looked like Harbaugh would have to eat his words as running backs Lerory Hoard and Jarrod Bunch scored in the first quarter to power the 1989 squad to an early 14-3 lead.
In the 2nd half it was the 1985 defense and special teams that turned the tide in this game.
David Arnold blocked a Chris Stapleton punt that he recovered in the endzone for a touchdown, early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 14-10.
On their next possession, 1989 QB Michael Taylor was hit hard from behind by Mike Hammerstein and fumbled. Andy Moeller recovered for the ’85 Wolverines and when Jamie Morris scored from 26 yards out on the next play, suddenly 1985 UM had the lead, 17-14.
It looked like Taylor would redeem himself for his earlier fumble, as he led the ’89 team on a 49-yard drive late in the 4th quarter, but Brad Cochran’s interception sealed the 1989 team’s fate and made Harbaugh sound prophetic.
Afterwards, the ’85 QB deflected praise to his teammates. “This game wasn’t about the guarantee. It was about all the guys in this locker room. We were the only ones who gave us a chance to win. The way the defense and special teams played was amazing, but that’s what they’ve done all year long.”
Up Next: The Final Four Game Results
Good Wednesday to you. Leading off…T Mills:
|Leading off, the man coach Bill Frieder personally visited at Romulus High literally hundreds of times – to keep him away from Jud Heathcote and MSU, here from April 1989 presumably from the Kingdome following the NCAA title victory (Ed. However as a commenter pointed out, M wore blue of course in the finals—so perhaps an earlier round or something else].|
From 1970, an awesome shot of back Glenn Doughty posing between an unidentified pair of Bo’s bruisers. Great shot. Following his Michigan days he became Shake and Bake, and later (after completing his PhD in Groove from Funkalicious University [Dearborn]), just Dr. Shake:
Anyone have any clips of any of these songs I need them –—- STAT!
Another 35MM makes the cut, this time with a beautiful shot of Bo patrolling the fielding in 1975 during pregame. It almost looks like he’s reaching for a chew? But I don’t think Bo dipped – anyone?
Update: A better thought from Dr. Sap: “Bo was probably reaching into his bag of confetti. He had a pre-game ritual of throwing the confetti into the air just before kickoff to determine wind strength and direction. This would assist him in deciding which end of the field to select for the coin toss and whether it was too windy to pass the ball.”
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