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Michigan Wolverines football
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First season 1879
Athletic director William C. Martin
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
2nd year, 8–16  (.333)
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Stadium capacity 107,501
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Conference Big Ten
All-time record 877–302–36 (.737)
Postseason bowl record 19–20
Claimed national titles 11
Conference titles 42
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 77[1]
Current uniform
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Colors Maize and Blue            
Fight song "The Victors"
Marching band Michigan Marching Band
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Ohio State Buckeyes
Michigan State Spartans
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Website MGoBlue.com

The Michigan Wolverines football program represents the University of Michigan in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. Michigan has the most all-time wins and the highest winning percentage of all-time.[2] The team is also known for its distinctive winged helmet, its fight song, its record-breaking attendance figures, and its many rivalries, particularly its annual season-ending game against Ohio State, voted as ESPN's best sports rivalry.[3]

Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879. The Wolverines are members of the Big Ten Conference and have won or shared 42 league titles, more than any other football program in any conference. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, Michigan has finished in the top 10 a record 37 times. Their current head coach is Rich Rodriguez.

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Program records and achievements

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Wins and championships

  • Highest all-time winning percentage in NCAA Division I-A football history (.737)
  • Most all-time wins in NCAA Division I-A football history (877)
  • The most winning seasons (110)
  • The most undefeated seasons in Division I-A football (25)
  • One of only three schools with a winning record against every Division I-A conference
  • The 1901 Michigan Wolverines football team is the only undefeated, untied, and unscored-upon football team to also win the Rose Bowl without being scored upon.

Attendance and television

  • The largest crowd to ever attend an NCAA football game: 112,118 on November 22, 2003 at Michigan Stadium vs. Ohio State [4]
  • The longest streak in home game attendance of over 100,000 (222 games - November 8, 1975 vs. Purdue)[4]
  • The most televised school in college football history (406 televised games)[4]

Current streaks

  • The longest current streak of games in Division I-A since last being shut out (298 games; last time on October 20, 1984, at Iowa)

Honored pageantry

National championships

The following is a list of Michigan's 11 claimed national championships:

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1901 Fielding Yost Helms, Holgate, NCF 11–0 Won Rose
1902 Fielding Yost Helms, Billingsley, Houlgate, Parke H. Davis, NCF 11–0 -
1903 Fielding Yost Billingsley, NCF 11–0–1 -
1904 Fielding Yost Billingsley, NCF 10–0 -
1918 Fielding Yost Billingsley, NCF 5–0 -
1923 Fielding Yost Billingsley, NCF 8–0 -
1932 Harry G. Kipke Dickinson, Parke H. Davis 8–0 -
1933 Harry G. Kipke Billingsley, Boand, Dickinson, Helms, Houlgate, CFRA, NCF, Parke H. Davis, Poling 7–0–1 -
1947 Fritz Crisler Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, CFRA, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, NCF, Poling, Sagarin 11–0 Won Rose
1948 Bennie Oosterbaan AP 9–0 -
1997 Lloyd Carr AP 12–0 Won Rose
National Championships 11

Important games

Bowl games

Michigan has played in 39 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 19–20. Before missing a bowl game in 2008, Michigan had made a bowl game 33 years in a row and had had a winning season for 40 straight years. From 1918–1945, the Big Ten Conference did not allow its teams to participate in bowls. From 1946–1974, only a conference champion, or a surrogate representative, was allowed to attend a bowl, the Rose Bowl, and no team could go two years in a row, with one exception.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1902 Rose Bowl W Stanford 49 0
January 1, 1948 Rose Bowl W USC 49 0
January 1, 1951 Rose Bowl W Cal 14 6
January 1, 1965 Rose Bowl W Oregon State 34 7
January 1, 1970 Rose Bowl L USC 3 10
January 1, 1972 Rose Bowl L Stanford 12 13
January 1, 1976 Orange Bowl L Oklahoma 6 14
January 1, 1977 Rose Bowl L USC 6 14
January 2, 1978 Rose Bowl L Washington 20 27
January 1, 1979 Rose Bowl L USC 10 17
December 28, 1979 Gator Bowl L North Carolina 15 17
January 1, 1981 Rose Bowl W Washington 23 6
December 31, 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl W UCLA 33 14
January 1, 1983 Rose Bowl L UCLA 14 24
January 2, 1984 Sugar Bowl L Auburn 7 9
December 21, 1984 Holiday Bowl L BYU 17 24
January 1, 1986 Fiesta Bowl W Nebraska 27 23
January 1, 1987 Rose Bowl L Arizona State 15 22
January 2, 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl W Alabama 28 24
January 2, 1989 Rose Bowl W USC 22 14
January 1, 1990 Rose Bowl L USC 10 17
January 1, 1991 Gator Bowl W Mississippi 35 3
January 1, 1992 Rose Bowl L Washington 14 34
January 1, 1993 Rose Bowl W Washington 38 31
January 1, 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl W North Carolina State 42 7
December 30, 1994 Holiday Bowl W Colorado State 24 14
December 28, 1995 Alamo Bowl L Texas A&M 20 22
January 1, 1997 Outback Bowl L Alabama 14 17
January 1, 1998 Rose Bowl W Washington State 21 16
January 1, 1999 Citrus Bowl W Arkansas 45 31
January 1, 2000 Orange Bowl W Alabama 35 34
January 1, 2001 Citrus Bowl W Auburn 31 28
January 1, 2002 Citrus Bowl L Tennessee 17 45
January 1, 2003 Outback Bowl W Florida 38 30
January 1, 2004 Rose Bowl L USC 14 28
January 1, 2005 Rose Bowl L Texas 37 38
December 28, 2005 Alamo Bowl L Nebraska 28 32
January 1, 2007 Rose Bowl L USC 18 32
January 1, 2008 Capital One Bowl W Florida 41 35
Total 39 bowl games 19-20 926 779

Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry

Michigan – Ohio State rivalry

Rivalry trophy games

Michigan plays two rivalry trophy games. Michigan plays Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug, with their record in games played for the Jug, which dates to 1909, being 65–22–3. The Wolverines currently hold the trophy having won the 2008 contest. Michigan also competes against Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, which was introduced in 1953 by the then governor of Michigan, G. Mennen Williams. Michigan State currently holds the trophy. The overall series record for the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is 67–30–5 in Michigan's favor.

Coaching history

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Record Pct. Conf. Titles Bowl Games National Titles
No coach 1879–1881, 1883–1890 11 23–10–1 .691 0
Mike Murphy and Frank Crawford 1891 1 4–5 .444 0
Frank Barbour 1892–1893 2 14–8 .636 0
William McCauley 1894–1895 2 17–2–1 .875 0
William Ward 1896 1 9–1 .900 2–1 .667 0 0
Gustave Ferbert 1897–1899 3 24–3–1 .875 6–2 .750 1 0
Langdon Lea 1900 1 7–2–1 .750 3–2 .600 0 0
Fielding Yost 1901–1923, 1925–1926 25 165–29–10 .833 42–10–2 .778 10 1 6
George Little 1924 1 6–2 .750 4–2 .667 0 0 0
Elton Wieman 1927–1928 2 9–6–1 .593 5–5 .500 0 0 0
Harry G. Kipke 1929–1937 9 46–26–4 .631 27–21–2 .560 4 0 2
Fritz Crisler 1938–1947 10 71–16–3 .805 42–11–3 .777 2 1 1
Bennie Oosterbaan 1948–1958 11 63–33–4 .650 44–23–4 .648 3 1 1
Bump Elliott 1959–1968 10 51–42–2 .547 32–34–2 .485 1 1 0
Bo Schembechler 1969–1989 21 194–48–5 .796 143–24–3 .850 13 17 0
Gary Moeller 1990–1994 5 44–13–3 .758 30–8–2 .775 3 5 0
Lloyd Carr 1995–2007 13 122–40 .753 81–23 .779 5 13 1
Rich Rodriguez 2008–present 2 8–16 .333 3–13 .188 0 0 0
Totals 1879–present 130 877–302–36 .737 464–179–18 .716 42 39 11

Note: Michigan did not play any outside games in 1882.

Individual award winners

National award winners - players

1940: Tom Harmon
1991: Desmond Howard
1997: Charles Woodson
1940: Tom Harmon
1991: Desmond Howard
1991: Desmond Howard
1997: Charles Woodson
1997: Charles Woodson
1991: Erick Anderson
1997: Charles Woodson
2004: Braylon Edwards
2004: David Baas
1997: Charles Woodson
2003: Chris Perry
2006: LaMarr Woodley
2006: LaMarr Woodley

National award winners - coaches

1969: Bo Schembechler
1997: Lloyd Carr
1997: Jim Herrmann
1977: Bo Schembechler
2007: Lloyd Carr

Heisman Trophy voting

There have been 25 Heisman Trophy candidates who have played at Michigan, three of which won the award:

All-Americans

Team and conference MVPs

Michigan Most Valuable Player Award (1926-1994), officially renamed the Bo Schembechler Award (1995-present); winners of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's MVP also noted:[6]

Big Ten Conference honors

1982: Anthony Carter
1986: Jim Harbaugh
1990: Jon Vaughn (coaches)
1991: Desmond Howard (coaches and media)
1992: Tyrone Wheatley (coaches and media)
2003: Chris Perry (coaches and media)
2004: Braylon Edwards (coaches and media)
1991: Greg Skrepenak
1998: Jon Jansen
2000: Steve Hutchinson
2004: David Baas
2006: Jake Long
2007: Jake Long
1997: Charles Woodson (coaches and media)
2001: Larry Foote (coaches and media)
2006: LaMarr Woodley (coaches and media)
1985: Mike Hammerstein
1988: Mark Messner
1992: Chris Hutchinson
2006: LaMarr Woodley
1995: Charles Woodson (coaches)
1997: Anthony Thomas (coaches and media)
2003: Steve Breaston (coaches)
2004: Mike Hart (coaches and media)
1972: Bo Schembechler (media)
1976: Bo Schembechler (media)
1980: Bo Schembechler (media)
1982: Bo Schembechler (coaches)
1985: Bo Schembechler (media and coaches)
1989: Bo Schembechler (coaches)
1991: Gary Moeller
1992: Gary Moeller

Hall of Fame

College

Inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame include:[7]

Professional

Michigan alumni inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame include:[8]

Individual school records

Rushing records

  • Most rushing attempts, career: 1,015, Mike Hart (2004–07)
  • Most rushing attempts, season: 338, Chris Perry (2003)
  • Most rushing attempts, game: 51, Chris Perry (November 1, 2003 at Michigan State)
  • Most rushing yards, career: 5,040, Mike Hart (2004–07)
  • Most rushing yards, season: 1,818, Tim Biakabutuka (1995)
  • Most rushing yards, game: 347, Ron Johnson (November 16, 1968 vs. Wisconsin)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, career: 55, Anthony Thomas (1997–2000)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, season: 19, Ron Johnson (1968)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, game: 5, Ron Johnson (November 16, 1968 vs. Wisconsin)
  • Longest run from scrimmage: 92 yards, Butch Woolfolk (November 3, 1979 vs. Wisconsin)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, career: 28, Mike Hart (2004–07)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, season: 10, Jamie Morris (1987)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, career: 5, Mike Hart (2004–07)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, season: 3, Mike Hart (2004)

Passing records

  • Most passing attempts, career: 1,387, Chad Henne (2004–07)
  • Most passing attempts, season: 456, John Navarre (2003)
  • Most passing attempts, game: 56, Tom Brady (November 21, 1998 at Ohio State)
  • Most passing completions, career: 828, Chad Henne (2004–07)
  • Most passing completions, season: 270, John Navarre (2003)
  • Most passing completions, game: 34, Tom Brady (January 1, 2000 vs. Alabama in Orange Bowl)
  • Most passing yards, career: 9,715, Chad Henne (2004–07)
  • Most passing yards, season: 3,331, John Navarre (2003)
  • Most passing yards, game: 389, John Navarre (October 4, 2003 at Iowa)
  • Most passing touchdowns, career: 86, Chad Henne (2004–07)
  • Most passing touchdowns, season: 25, Elvis Grbac (1991) and Chad Henne (2004)
  • Most passing touchdowns, game: 4, 17 times, most recently by Chad Henne (November 3, 2007 at Michigan State)
  • Longest pass completion: 97 yards, Ryan Mallett to Mario Manningham (November 10, 2007 at Wisconsin)
  • Most games with at least 200 passing yards, career: 28, John Navarre (2000–03)
  • Most games with at least 200 passing yards, season: 10, John Navarre (2003)
  • Most games with at least 300 passing yards, career: 5, Chad Henne (2004–07)
  • Most games with at least 300 passing yards, season: 3, John Navarre (2003) and Chad Henne (2004)

Receiving records

  • Most receptions, career: 252, Braylon Edwards (2001–04)
  • Most receptions, season: 97, Braylon Edwards (2004)
  • Most receptions, game: 15, twice by Marquise Walker (September 8, 2001 at Washington and November 24, 2001 vs. Ohio State)
  • Most receiving yards, career: 3,541, Braylon Edwards (2001–04)
  • Most receiving yards, season: 1,330, Braylon Edwards (2004)
  • Most receiving yards, game: 197, Jack Clancy (September 17, 1966 vs. Oregon State)
  • Most touchdown receptions, career: 39, Braylon Edwards (2001–04) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most touchdown receptions, season: 19, Desmond Howard (1991) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most touchdown receptions, game: 4, Derrick Alexander (October 24, 1992 vs. Minnesota)
  • Longest pass reception: 97 yards, Mario Manningham from Ryan Mallett (November 10, 2007 at Wisconsin)
  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, career: 17, Braylon Edwards (2001–04)
  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, season: 7, Braylon Edwards (2004) and Mario Manningham (2007)

Kickoff return records

  • Most kickoff returns, career: 81, Steve Breaston (2003–06)
  • Most kickoff returns, season: 39, Darryl Stonum (2009)
  • Most kickoff returns, game: 8, Todd Howard (January 1, 2002 vs. Tennessee in Florida Citrus Bowl)
  • Most kickoff return yards, career: 1,993, Steve Breaston (2003–06)
  • Most kickoff return yards, season: 1,001, Darryl Stonum (2009)
  • Most kickoff return yards, game: 221, Steve Breaston (January 1, 2005 vs. Texas in Rose Bowl)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, career: 2, Desmond Howard (1989–91)
  • Longest kickoff return: 100 yards, Seth Smith (October 29, 1994 vs. Wisconsin)

Punt return records

  • Most punt returns, career: 127, Steve Breaston (2003–06) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most punt returns, season: 45, Steve Breaston (2003)
  • Most punt returns, game: 9, Steve Breaston (September 23, 2006 vs. Wisconsin)
  • Most punt return yards, career: 1,599, Steve Breaston (2003–06) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most punt return yards, season: 619, Steve Breaston (2003)
  • Most punt return yards, game: 140, George Hoey (October 28, 1967 at Minnesota)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, career: 4, Gene Derricotte (1944–48), Derrick Alexander (1989–93), and Steve Breaston (2003–06)
  • Longest punt return: 93 yards, Desmond Howard (November 23, 1991 vs. Ohio State)

Current squad

Alumni currently in the NFL

Related books

  • Jim Cnockaert (2003). Stadium Stories: Michigan Wolverines: Colorful Tales of the Maize and Blue. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0-7627-2784-5. 
  • Kevin Allen, Art Regner, Nate Brown, and Bo Schembechler (2005). What it Means to Be a Wolverine: Michigan's Greatest Players, Talk about Michigan Football. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-661-1. 

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