Michigan Football Preview 2013

2013 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Michigan's Greatest Rose Bowl Performances Individual waited a long time for his first Rose Bowl vicTeam 1. Tyrone Wheatley, 1993 Rose Bowl — tory, and when it arrived, it proved indescrib1. 1902, Michigan 49, Stanford 0 — It Wheatley piled up more rushing yards than ably sweet. The Wolverines got it rolling and doesn't get any more dominating than makany Wolverine in history on Pasadena's sod in never stopped. ing an opponent beg for mercy and want to Michigan's 38-31 victory over Washington. He They posted 15 consecutive scoreless quarquit. That's precisely what happened in the first bolted away for touchdown gallops of 88, 56 ters at one point during the season, and WashRose Bowl ever, even though it didn't bear its and 24 yards on his way to 235 yards rushing. ington's Huskies settled for a mere two field historic name yet. Wheatley cut crisply off center Steve Everitt's goals on Jan. 1. Meanwhile, U-M broke up a Led by 170 rushing yards from Willie Heston block to leave behind a trail of Huskies on the tight 7-6 contest at halftime with an Ali Hajiand 107 more by Neil Snow, the Wolverines 88-yard touchdown run, setting a new Rose Sheikh field goal and a seven-yard touchdown pounded Stanford into submission. It took U-M Bowl record in the process. Wheatley did his pass from John Wangler to Anthony Carter in 23 minutes to score, but after that Fielding H. damage in a mere 15 carries, averaging 15.7 the third quarter. Yost's crew proved unrelenting. yards per rush in a game in which the WolverMichigan's Butch Woolfolk ran roughshod With eight minutes left in the game, Stanford ines needed all the offense they could muster. over the Huskies that afternoon, piling up 182 captain Ralph Fisher came over to the Michi2. Butch Woolfolk, 1981 Rose Bowl — yards on the ground. U-M's defense did the gan bench and negotiated a settlement. He Woolfolk posted the performance by which rest, allowing Schembechler to take a victory wanted the game to end, and the Wolverines U-M rushers were measured in helping Schemride on his players' shoulders. agreed. bechler to his first Rose Bowl victory. The seem5. 1989, Michigan 22, USC 14 — Once 2. 1948, Michigan 49, USC 0 — The headingly unstoppable back rambled for 182 yards again, the Wolverines stared down a Los Angelines light-heartedly bellowed "Michigan Fails on 26 carries that afternoon, earning game les-based Rose Bowl nemesis in its backyard. To Improve" when the Wolverines made their MVP honors. This time, Schembechler's group rose to the first trip to Pasadena after the historic initial Woolfolk provided Michigan with its slim 7-6 occasion, fighting off Heisman Trophy runnerventure. Fritz Crisler's crew matched the score lead at the half, bursting through on a six-yard up Rodney Peete and the Trojans. and the dominance, wrapping up a perfect touchdown run in the second quarter. He then The Wolverines fell behind 14-3 at the half, season with the "Mad Magicians." steamrolled the Huskies in the second half, and the game appeared to have a familiar Bob Chappuis, runner-up in the Heisman boosting the Wolverines to a 292-92 ground Pasadena feel. But the Wolverines surged in a Trophy balloting, led the nation's best offense advantage that made the difference. furious rally, outscoring the Trojans 19-0 in the in running wild over the Trojans. The Wolver3. Bob Chappuis, 1948 Rose Bowl — Chapsecond half. ines cruised to a 21-0 halftime lead and never puis proved to be better than his numbers at Leroy Hoard pounded home a pair of oneallowed a point, breaking nine Rose Bowl the heart of the Mad Magicians' attack in 1947. yard touchdown runs in the final quarter, and records and outgaining the Trojans 491-133 He still gave the Wolverines one of their most linebacker John Milligan's interception of Peete yards. well-rounded performances ever in Pasadena. in the final minute ensured there wouldn't The Associated Press took an unprecedented Chappuis not only ran Michigan's single-wing be any U-M heartbreak in this version of the poll following the game. In it, the Michigan offense to perfection, directing an attack that Granddaddy of Them All. surpassed Notre Dame as the 1947 national piled up 491 yards and blasted champions by a landslide margin: USC 49-0, he took care of consid226-119. erable real estate himself. Chap3. 1998, Michigan 21, Washpuis connected on 12 of 22 passes ington State 16 — This one for 193 yards, while rushing for an marked the summit for Lloyd Carr additional 91 yards on 13 tries. and the Wolverines, the capper 4. Brian Griese, 1998 Rose on a 12-0, national championship Bowl — Griese wasn't known for season. Michigan had gone withbig passing numbers in Michiout making it to the top of the gan's national championship rankings for too long, and this campaign. But when he needed group didn't miss its chance. to come through on the big Not that there weren't scary stage, he did so brilliantly. moments along the way. WashOn a day when the Wolverines ington State grabbed an early managed just 141 yards on the 7-0 lead and was driving for anground, the senior quarterback other touchdown when Heisman went up top, connecting on 18 of Trophy winner Charles Woodson 30 throws for 251 yards. His bighelped turn the game around. play prowess tipped the scales in His end-zone interception turned Michigan's favor and put the MVP away the Cougars, and quartertrophy in his den. back Brian Griese's arm came 5. Neil Snow, 1902 Rose Bowl through. — Snow wasn't even Michigan's Griese fired touchdown bombs leading rusher on the afternoon of 53 and 58 yards to Tai Streets, of the Wolverines' 49-0 rout over then connected with tight end Stanford. Willie Heston took those Jerame Tuman on a 23-yard honors, but Snow's 107 yards protouchdown pass to give the duced five touchdowns on the day. Wolverines all the points they That scoring prowess brought needed. When the final gun him game MVP honors and put sounded, Michigan celebrated like champions. In 1988, the Wolverines closed the year on a 9-0-1 run, with a 22-14 Rose him into the Rose Bowl record books. 4. 1981, Michigan 23, Wash- Bowl win over USC on Jan. 2, 1989, providing the finishing touch. — John Borton ington 6 — Bo Schembechler photo courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses Archives The Wolverine 2013 Football Preview  ■ 59

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