WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1

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WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, focuses on pictures of five amazing seasons from University of Michigan football history.

Chapter 1: 1925 University of Michigan Football Season

Michigan outscored its eight opponents by a remarkable 227-3 in 1925. Even though the three points the Wolverines allowed cost them a game, and a possible national championship, legendary coach Fielding Yost called the squad the best he ever led. Yost had stepped aside as coach the previous year, but he returned in 1925 to guide Michigan to a 7-1 record and a Big Ten championship. On the field, the Wolverines were led by the "Benny-to-Bennie" combination of quarterback/safety Benny Friedman and two-way end Bennie Oosterbaan, both of whom were destined for the college football Hall of Fame.

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Chapter 2: 1947 University of Michigan Football Season

Among Michigan coach Fritz Crisler's innovations was a single wing offense that featured multiple laterals, jump passes and spinning fullbacks. His deceptive and explosive offensive system reached its peak in 1947, as Michigan's "Mad Magicians" rolled to a 10-0 record. In Crisler's final season as coach, the Wolverines won the conference title and crushed USC in the Rose Bowl to earn the national championship. Two-way back Bump Elliott, halfback Bob Chappuis, fullback/defensive back Jack Weisenburger and receiver Dick Rifenburg led Michigan's powerful offense.

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Chapter 3: 1969 University of Michigan Football Season

Bo Schembechler's first season as Michigan's head coach is marked by many as the beginning of the modern era of Michigan football. The then-largely unknown Schembechler took a good Wolverines team and made it better, despite some preseason defectors who ran from their first taste of Bo's disciplined approach. Billy Taylor emerged as the prime running threat, while Jim Mandich had an All-America season at tight end. Safety Tom Curtis led an aggressive defense that intercepted six passes in Michigan's historic victory over top-ranked Ohio State that gave the Wolverines a share of the Big Ten title.

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Chapter 4: 1997 University of Michigan Football Season

Some observers felt that Lloyd Carr was on thin ice in 1997, after producing a 17-8 record in his first two seasons as Michigan's head coach. But with a matured Brian Griese directing the offense, and Charles Woodson leading a dominating defense, Carr and the Wolverines went unbeaten to capture Michigan's first national title since 1948. Woodson was the individual star, serving as a shutdown cornerback, punt returner and occasional wide receiver, on his way to becoming the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

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Chapter 5: 2011 University of Michigan Football Season

After three rough seasons under spread-option guru Rich Rodriguez, new coach Brady Hoke hoped to restore Michigan's luster in 2011. He did so, but needed the help of Rodriguez's star recruit, quarterback Denard Robinson. A veteran offensive line, led by center David Molk, plus a much-improved defense spearheaded by tackle Mike Martin, also helped lift Michigan in Hoke's first season. But the dynamic Robinson was the key to Michigan's success, leading the offense in the air and on the ground, as the Wolverines capped an 11-2 season with an overtime Sugar Bowl victory.

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Season summaries by Mike Rosenbaum.

Coming soon – WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 2, with an in-depth look at five different University of Michigan football seasons!

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The might and majesty of University of Michigan football is never more evident than when captured in the photographic image. The heroic blaze of the victors valiant. The iconic winged helmet, the onrushing wall of blue. The awe-inspiring spectacle of the Big House.

Among the thousand-plus rare and never-before-seen images in WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, are amazing pictures of game-winning touchdowns, bone-crunching tackles, the frenzy of Rose Bowl buildup, plus the coaches, fans, cheerleaders, and marching band – everything that has gone into the making of the great University of Michigan football tradition.

The text of WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, is the work of noted author Mike Rosenbaum, a University of Michigan graduate currently completing a book on the history of University of Michigan basketball. He's been a sports editor with the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers and has written for the Detroit Red Wings and other NHL teams. His work has also appeared in national publications such as Hockey Digest and USA Today.

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WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, features a detailed presentation of five landmark seasons from University of Michigan football history.

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1925 University of Michigan Football Season

All the attributes of a great team can seldom be applied truthfully to any single collection of normal human beings, but it is safe to say that the 1925 University of Michigan football team possessed as many of them as it is possible to acquire by of means of expert coaching applied scientifically to a squad of athletes already having natural ability amounting almost to genius. In fact, Coach Yost felt justified in saying that this was the greatest team that he had ever coached. This was astonishing praise, coming as it did from one who has probably produced more great teams than any other teacher in the history football. But Coach Yost was not alone of that opinion, for sports experts, amateur critics, officials, and even members of opposing teams, have united in singing the praises of this truly remarkable football machine.

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It is usually a foregone conclusion that Michigan will beat M.S.C., but this year people were not so sure. Yost's team was to a great extent an unknown quantity, and there were not a few critics who prophesied a lean year for Michigan. In fact, so many were doubtful that their fears and misgivings produced the largest opening game crowd ever to throng through the gates of Ferry Field. Much to the consternation of the supporters of State, and greatly to the delight and surprise of Michigan's followers, the East Lansing aggregation was bewildered and stupefied by forward passes, end runs, line smashes, and almost every other offensive weapon known to modern football. The afternoon's activity resulted in 39 points for Yost's unknowns, while the former agriculturists went home empty-handed.

The process was repeated with even more devastating results on the following Saturday. This time it was Indiana who suffered. After the game with Michigan State, many were still skeptical. But after Captain Brown and his colleagues finished with Indiana, even the most skeptical were forced to admit that Yost's team had possibilities. The Michigan line was a revela tion. On defense it was impenetrable, and offensively it was fully as good. Among the swarms of substitutes which were sent into the game, it was impossible to find a single recruit who did not play his position like a veteran. Oosterbaan continued his amusing habit of combining football juggling with exhibitions of gymnastics, and Friedman's passing was again above criticism, but the thing most noticeable was the fact that all individual feats were in subordination to the spirit of teamwork which featured every play.

On the afternoon of October 17, a great Wisconsin homecoming crowd was anxiously awaiting the first whistle of agame which was to initiate a rivalry between two coaches who had worked together during the previous three years. The spectators did not have to wait long for excitement. On the first play after the kick-off, Friedman hurled a pass to Gregory, who dashed the remaining 40 yards for a touchdown. While Friedman was kicking goal for the additional point, the Michigan stands went wild. Before they had time to recover from their excitement, Wisconsin had again kicked off, and Friedman was seen weaving his way behind perfect interference through the whole Wisconsin team for the second touchdown in three plays. Michigan scored seven more points in the second period, but for the last half, although both teams threatened occasionally, neither could score. The game ended 21-0.

On a muddy field, Michigan and Illinois battled for four periods on October 24 in the huge Memorial Stadium at Urbana. The redoubtable Red Grange, who had caused so much trouble the year before, did not meet with such free sailing this time. Although he caused plenty of trouble and excitement, he was unable to break away for any long gains. Michigan also found it hard to make headway in the mud, and resorted chiefly to forward passing. The only score of the game was made in the second quarter as the result of Gregory's gain on "Old 83", and Friedman's subsequent field goal. The game ended with the score stilI 3-0. On the following Saturday Michigan defeated the United States Military Academy by the top-heavy score of 54-0. The Navy came to Ann Arbor hailed as one of the strongest teams in the East, but the sailors were helpless before Michigan's varied attack. During the last half almost every man on the Michigan squad had a chance to play, and everyone of them performed splendidly. The game was perhaps uninteresting as a contest, but to anyone who appreciated the fine points of football it was a fascinating exhibition of many-sided excellence.

It was Northwestern who won the distinction of being the only team to defeat Captain Brown and his mates. The feat was performed on Soldiers Field, Chicago, in the midst of a driving rain and a sea of mud. Northwestern deserves a great deal of credit for the smart football it played that day, under almost impossible conditions. They took immediate advantage of every break which came their way. The first score of the game was a field goal by Lewis, Northwestern's fullback, in the first period. Michigan's two points were the result of an intentional safety by the same Mr. Lewis. Final score, Michigan 2, Northwestern 3.

November 14 at Ferry Field Ohio State was defeated 10-0. Only once during the entire game was Ohio able to advance the 'ball beyond her own 46 yard line, and that lone advance was but momentary and only extended a short way beyond mid-field. It was one of the finest exhibitions of defensive football ever seen in Ann Arbor. The lone touchdown was made in the first quarter bv Molenda, after Flora had blocked an Ohio punt. In the second quarter Friedman kicked a field goal for the other three points.

Minnesota came to Michigan on November 21 to play Michigan in a game which was to decide the championship of the Western Conference. Although tied by Wisconsin, the Gophers were undefeated as yet. But the backfield which had run wild against Iowa the Saturday before could make but three first downs against Michigan's formidable defence. On the other hand, Michigan scored five times, twice by line plunges by Molenda, twice as a result of passes to Oosterbaan, and onceby means of a spectacular 65 yard run by Gilbert after he had intercepted a forward pass. The game ended 35-0 with the Brown Jug still in Michigan's possession.

Perhaps there never has been a team which excelled in so many different departments of the game. In forward passing the dreaded Friedman to Oosterbaan combination was feared by all of Michigan's opponents, but all the rest of the backfield and the other ends were also unusuallv skillful in catching Friedman's tosses. Many times during the season Gregory, Grube, Flora, Gilbert, and the rest caught passes for long gains and frequent touchdowns. In straight line smashing it would be hard to find two fullbacks better than Stamman and Molenda, both of whom seemed to be able to tear through opposing lines almost at will. There were also a wealth of halfbacks. Gilbert, Gregory, Herrnstein, Parker, Fuller, S. Babcock, Miller, and Webber all having accounted for many yards around the ends and off tackle. Puckelwartz and Hoffman were able understudies to Friedman at quarterback, both of them showing up unusually well in the Navy game. Although Gilbert did most of the punting during the season, Fuller, Miller, and Parker were also splendid kickers.

The Michigan line cannot be given enough praise. From Oosterbaan at left end to Flora at right it presented the most capable set of linemen to be found in the entire country, each man playing his part both on defense and offense.

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The above picture shows Friedman crossing the goal line after running through the whole Wisconsin team for the second touchdown of the game at Madison. On the second play of the game Friedman had hurled a pass to Gregory, who dashed the remaining forty yards for a touchdown. Then the two teams again lined up, and Wisconsin kicked off once more. This time Friedman grabbed the ball and raced ninety yards for the second touchdown, after only three plays. The whole Wisconsin and Michigan teams can be seen trailing behind him as he crosses the line. Below is a Michigan attack on Michigan State's line. Note the excellent interference.

The picture shown above was also taken at Madison. Friedman again has the ball, and his teammates are rapidly preparing a way for him around Wisconsin's left end. We do not know just how far he managed to go on this play, but the determined look on his face and the very efficient way in which the interferer is handling the Wiscon- sin man would seem to indicate that he was not stopped right away. In the other action picture below, a Michigan State man has evidently found a hole in the Michigan line. Needless to say, such holes were not found very often, so the young man from East Lansing was really in quite a unique situation.

In the picture above, the redoubtable Red Grange is about as close to breaking away as he ever came in the game at Urbana this year. Evidently the man trying so hard to put Gilbert out of the way did not succeed, because the longest run made by Red from scrimmage during the entire game was one of fifteen yards at the beginning of the first quarter. But at the start of the second half he almost broke loose in returning the kick-off, and was only stopped after he had returned the ball to his own forty-five yard line. Below, Red Grange is seen on the defensive, dashing across to tackle Friedman. Notice how Edwards is trying his best to put the Illinois captain out of the way.

It is hard to imagine better interference than that given Friedman as shown in the above picture, taken at the Illinois game. There is a hole almost wide enough to march the big Illinois band through. The general ability of the great Michigan line is shown by the fact that, while it was defensively the most impenetrable forward wall in the country, it was just about as good on the offense. The player resting on his arm in the right foreground is Captain Brown who, on the occasion of that afternoon's activity, stopped Mr. Grange time and time again before he could even reach the line of scrimmage. In picture below, Grange is surrounded, and is about to be tackled by Mo lenda.

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This picture again shows Michigan's offensive efficiency. The man with the ball is in little immediate danger of being tackled, as all the Navy men in sight are being very nicely blocked out of the way. The man in the center about to throw himself across the path of the oncoming Navy player is George Babcock, while Molenda is seen at the left evidently looking for bigger game ahead. Below another Michigan man is eluding some more Navy tacklers, with apparent success.

Gregory can here be seen in the midst of several Ohio players. In fact it looks as if he were deserted by his teammates. There does not seem to be another Michigan man in sight, but it is probably safe to say that the rest of the team is in action somewhere on the field. If they were not, it was about the only time during the entire season that every man did not take part in every play. The picture at the bottom of the page shows an Ohio man held tightly in the grasp of Edwards, while both of them fly through space.

In this picture there arc only two men left standing. It was taken during the Minnesota game at Ferry Field. Friedman, on the ground at the left, has the ball, but he seems to be held fast by two Minnesota players. At the extreme right Harry Hawkins can be seen looking around to see what success Friedman is having. It is hard to tell whether Friedman has been thrown for a loss, or has gained a few yards through the Minnesota line. In the lower picture, also taken during the Minnesota game, Oosterbaan has just caught a pass over the goal line for a touchdown.

This picture shows one of the times that a Minnesota pass went astray and fell into the hands of the waiting Oosterbaan. The lanky end is seen at the right, getting ready to pick his way through the Gophers for a substantial gain. In the first two or three games Michigan did not appear to have perfected a very good defense against forward passing, but before the season had progressed very far her opponents had little success at the aerial game. Interceptions, such as the one shown here, were frequent. Below, Molenda is seen carrying the ball, while Oosterbaan appears to be doing the Charleston with the Minnesota player at the left.

1947 University of Michigan Football Season

Michigan salutes the great team of 1947. Acclaimed by the nation's leading sportswriters as the Team of the Year, Crisler's Magicians wrote a unique page in gridiron history. The Maize and Blue tide swept undefeated through a rugged nine-game schedule to capture the coveted Big Nine crown with an exhibition of power that reminded the old-timers of the point-a-minute teams of Fielding H. Yost.

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Sporting circles will long remember the Wolverine Rose Bowl delegation that marched to the most spectacular victory ever witnessed in the famous post-season classic. A fitting climax to a great season.

Michigan's 1947 team earned for itself the reputation as the slickest unit ever to appear in the ranks of collegiate football, fifty gridiron specialists who blocked, tackled, spun, and passed their way to a permanent berth in Football's Hall of Fame.

Top coach in the football game today is Fritz Crisler, head mentor and athletic director of the University of Michigan. "The lord", as he is known in the Wolverine gridiron camp, led his Maize and Blue juggernaut to the number one spot in collegiate football and earned for himself the honored New York World-Telegram award of Coach of the Year in his final season at the Michigan football helm.

Michigan is fortunate in having the flnest supporting cast in gridiron coaching ranks. Much of the credit for our great team of 1947 belongs to Fritz Crisler's football staff . They are (kneeling, from left 10 right): Wally Weber (Freshman Coach), Forrest Jordan (Assist· ant line Coach), Ernie McCoy (Chief Scout), Art Valpey (End Coach), Jack Bloll (Head line Coach), and Bennie Oosterbaan (Backfleld Coach).

George Little took over the head mentor's reins in 1924 as "Hurry Up" Yost left for his first leave of absence in 24 years as head coach at Michigan. Yost returned to his football post for the '25 and '26 campaigns to lead the Wolverines to two more Conference crowns.

Elton Wieman come into the Michigan gridiron picture in 1927 as Yost retired from his coaching post to devote full time to the job of athletic director of the University. A former Wolverine All-American, Harry Kipke, stepped into the driver's seat in 1929 and guided the Maize and Blue eleven to four Big Ten titles and one National championship during the next nine seasons.

The late Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan's four million dollar athletic plant, wrote the most colorful page in the Wolverine gridiron saga. The first team that "the Judge" coached won eleven games in ringing up 500 points to 0 for the opposition. This famed 1901 club, the first of Yost's "point-a-minute" teams, defeated a strong Stanford eleven, in the first Rose Bowl game, by the same score that another Great Michigan team was to equal 46 years later.

Michigan's gridiron history is marked by a great coaching tradition, From the advent of Fielding H. Yost to the reign of Fritz Crisler, Michigan's coaches have led the Maize and Blue to 15 Conference championships and three national titles, with an amazing record of 296 wins and 19 ties against 79 defeats.

The story of Fritz Crisler's ten years at Michigan is one of unparalleled coaching achievement. Since Crisler moved into the head coaching position in 1938, the Wolverines have earned one national championship, captured one undisputed Conference crown, shared another - with Purdue in 1943 - and finished second six times in the Big Nine race . Crisler's Maize and Blue elevens have rolled up 2,234 points against the opposition's 732 in compiling 71 wins over 16 defeats. The dean of coaches has tutored ten All-Americans in ten campaigns and has placed scores of Wolverine gridders in All-Conference berths.

The Wolverine head mentor, originator of the Crisler System, has proven that offensive units built on "poise and finesse" and defensive units with "fury and fight" have introduced a new era in collegiate football, the era of the specialist, 1938-1948.

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The "Bumper" averaged one TD per conference game to become the top scoring threat in the Midwest in addition to holding down a key position on Fritz Crisler's offensive unit. A fast, shifty, break-away runner, "Bump" rushed 493 yards from scrimmage to average 6.5 yards per try. "Bump" figured strong in the pass receiving department where he led the Conference with a total of 303 yards. Michigan fans will miss such brilliant performances as his 74-yard punt return to pay dirt against the Illini, just one of many during the '47 campaign. A truly great competitor, Chalmers "Bump" Elliott joins the ranks of Michigan men in the parade of All-Americans. The colorful red-headed wingback was named to the Coaches' All-American Team by virtue of his spectacular all-around backfield ability. Recipient of the Chicago Tribune award for the most valuable player in the Western Conference, "Bump" appeared on both the AP and UP All-Conference teams.

Named on every major All-American team, Bob Chappuis will be remembered as one of Michigan's most outstanding All-Americans. The rugged Wolverine tailback swung the meanest pitching arm in Collegiate football and was a constant threat on the ground as well as in the air. "Chap" walked off with the Big Nine's "total offense" crown for the second straight eason in rolling up 1,019 yards, six games – for a record average of 169.8 yards per game. Completing 48 out of 86 passes for 976 yards and twelve TD's, Chappuis sparked the Wolverine offense throughout the season. Chap ranked fourth in the nation in total offense with an amazing total of 1,395 yards in ringing the curtain on his collegiate career.

Michigan's fighting gridders were well represented on this season's crop of All-American and All-Conference teams. The nation's leading sport scribes, scouts, and coaches placed ten Wolverines on fifteen of the top post-season gridiron selections. Seven players from Michigan's offensive and defensive units were awarded All-American berths as the final votes were tallied. Len Ford, Michigan's lanky defensive end and one of the best flankers in the business, joined fleet-footed Bob Mann as the Maize and Blue "end" delegation to three All-American selections. Dan Dworsky and J. T. White, Wolverine defensive and offensive centers, were each named to All-American berths. Captain Bruce Hilkene was honored on the Frank Leahy All-American team while Michigan's other offensive tackle, Bill Pritula, appeared on the UP All-Big Nine squad. Howard Verges, Michigan's brilliant quarterback, and hard-hitting fullback Jack Weisenberger were named on the leading press All-Conference teams.

CLARENCE L. MUNN, Michigan State College: "The Michigan team of 1947 was great when they played us and they were great every grome thereafter. A truly wonderful gang of fellows. Their feats will live long in football annals."

Fritz Crisler's dream team lived up to the dopesters pre-season expectations as they powered to an impressive 55-0 victory over MSC in their '47 curtainraiser. Seventy thousand cheering fans saw everyone but the waterboy cut loose with a varied attack that left an out -classed Spartan eleven completely agog. Halfback Bob Chappuis unveilled his All-American form with three touchdown plunges and a beautiful aerial for a fourth.

Scatback Bump Elliott broke away for the longest run of the day (pictured below) with a 56-yard jaunt that set up a Wolverine TO. Big Len Ford was a standout in the pass catching deportment as he set up one marker and streaked 35 yards for another. Don Dworsky, backing up on alert Wolverine line, scooped up a loose Spartan fumble and tore 35 yards for another Maize and Blue score as Walt Tenninga passed for the finol tally. Off ond away. MichIgan 's Bump Ellioll slreoks for the promi,ed lend, l en Ford cut s loo se on on "end-c ro und."

MARSHALL SCHWARTZ, Stanford University: "The 1947 Michigan Football Team was for superior to any team I played against during the 1929, 1930, and 1931 seasons when I was a member of the Notre Dame squad. That takes in quite a bit of talent."

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Jack Weisenburger paves the way for All-American Bob Chappuis. The Wolverines gave West Coast gridiron circles a Rose Bowl preview on October 4th as they rolled over an out-manned Stanford delegation, 49-13, in their first meeting since the initial Rose Bowl contest of 1902. A deadly precision attack netted the Wolverines 28 points in the first nine minutes of playas Chappuis, Mann, Bump Elliott, Weisenburger, Rifenburg, and of course Brieske figured in the scoring.

Gene Derricotte spearheaded the second quarter offense as he plunged over twice to make the halftime score 42-0. The brilliant punt returning of Elliott and Derricotte kept the Indians with their backs to the wall as the Michigan defense shone. Stanford's quick-opening T clicked in the second half as the Indians pushed across two touchdowns to stave a shutout. Wally Tenninga counted for the last Wolverine tally on an aerial to Don Kuick.

WALTER " MIKE" MILLIGAN, University of Pittsburgh: "I think the Michigan students should be proud of their 1947 football team. It was a great team."

Rounding in to season form, the Wolverines swamped a tired Pittsburgh eleven as they hit pay dirt ten times to roll up their biggest score of the campaign. The hard-charging Panther line held fast in the first period but the Chappuis to Mann combination broke the ice in the second frame as the speedy end raced for the end zone. From then on it was every man for himself as eight Wolverines shared the remaining touchdowns with Jim Briske booting every conversion.

Derricotte personally accounted for three markers on an 80 yard punt return, a dash from scrimmage, and an interception. Mann and Tenninga each plunged over twice as Weisenburger, Bump Elliott, Len Ford, Pete Elliott, Tom Peterson, and Don Kuick accounted for the rest of the scoring spree. The Maize and Blue forward wall turned in one of their best performances of the year in holding the Panthers to 19 yards in 21 attempts. Bill Pritula, Stu Wilkins, and Dick Rifenburg (89) blast a hole for Jack Weisenburger's touchdown plunge.

BOB VOIGTS, Northwestern University: "On January 1, 1948 I had the good fortune to see one of the greatest teams of history compete in the Rose Bowl."

Michigan made an impressive Conference debut against a tough Northwestern squad in overpowering the Wildcats 49 to 21. Bump Elliott and Gene Derricotte got together to give the Wolverines an early 14 point lead, with Hank Fonde plunging over for the second score. Northwestern's explosive backs, Frank Aschenbrenner and Art Murakowski, working from the old criss-cross line buck contributed the Cats' first tally.

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Michigan's Bob Mann broke clear on a perfect end-around and swivelled 51 yards for another Wolverine score. The Maize and Blue ground attack, sparked by Elliott and Weisenburger accounted for the next touchdown march which saw Tom Peterson carry the ball over. The second half found Chappuis, Weisenburger, Elliott, and Tenninga carrying the ball for the remaining markers. Fritz threw in the reserves in the final quarter who yielded two more touchdowns to the Cats before the final gun.

Bump Elliott bums a ride from Wildcat Jules Siegle as Wolverines Len Ford (87), Rolph Kohl (76), Lloyd Heneveld (61), and Al Wistert (11) close in for the kill. Trapped by a host of Wildcat linemen, Weisenburger flips a lateral to quarterback Pete Elliott.

BERNIE BIERMAN, University of Minnesota: "We salute Michigan, 1947 champions. The precision, smartness, and spirit with which they played made them one of the greatest offensve teams of modern times."

A rugged line-backer, Dan Dworsky (59) shows some of the sterling defensive play that earned for him the title of "lineman of the Week" following the Gopher clash.

A monstrous Gopher line had the "Little Brown Jug" within their grasp but the speedy Michigan backfield proved too hot to handle as the Wolverines ran up a 13-6 victory margin. After a scoreless first period, the Gophers drew first blood on a long drive sparked by Evy Faunce. Bob Chappuis faded back in the closing minutes of the first half and rifled a pass to Bump Elliott who outran the Minnesota secondary and raced for the end zone. Briskie split the uprights which put the Wolverines ahead 7-6. Dan Dworsky and J. T. White made the difference in the second half as the rugged Wolverine line-backers stopped the Gophers dead in their tracks.

The Wolverines put the game on ice as Weisenburger ran an interception to the 21 and Derricotte went all the way on the first play from scrimmage. Gene Derricatte is the man with the " balled head" teaming with J. T. White (55) to break up a Minnesota pass.

RAY ELIOT, University of Illinois: "Michigan's 1947 football team ranks with the greatest our college game has produced. Its oftense had marvelous precision; its defense was sound, its overall strength was tremendous. Moreover, the squad personnel had admirable qualities of character and true sportsmanship – necessary attributes of true champions."

A determined Wolverine team outclassed "Lady Luck" and the fighting Illini 14-7 in a slam-bang contest that proved to be the roughest stop on the Rose Bowl Road.

Bump Elliott drew a capacity homecoming crowd to its feet as he pulled a dizzy punt from the air and streaked 74 yards down the sideline into the Illinois end zone. Key blocks by Bob Mann, Dick Rifenburg, and Gene Derricotte paved the way as not a hand was laid on the spectacular Bloomingiton back.

Russ Steger, Illinois' jarring fullback, dampened the spirits of the 8,000 Wolverine students who made the Champaign trip, as he charged to the Michigan goal to knot the score. A Chappuis aerial clicked to the Bumper who carried the ball down into Illini territory where Hank Fonde crashed over from the nine. Brieske converted and that was the scoring for the day.

The Wolverine defensive unit, spearheaded by the brilliant play of Dan Dworsky and Len Ford, did a yeoman's job and stopped several Illinois drives right at the Golden Gates. Some beautiful downfield blocking by Derricotte, Mann, and Rifenburg on an Illinois punt sprang Michigan 's Bump Elliott on a 74 yard touchdown jaunt for the initial Wolverine tally.

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"BO" McMILLIN, University of Indiana: "Michigan is the best offensive team I've ever seen, and I saw Army last year. They've got all sorts of passing strength and a well diversified attack."

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"Bo" McMillin's "Pore Li'l Boys" had a rough time of it as the Wolverines turned on the steam to take the Hoosiers right in stride, 35-0. In their smoothest Conference appearance to date, the Wolverine offensive might was in the hands of Chappuis, Elliott, and Weisenburger who accounted for 324 yards under the brilliant direction of quarterback Howard Yerges. "Chap" clicked with a series of passes to his glue-fingered receivers, Yerges, Elliott, and Mann, who accounted for Michigan 's first two scores. Weisenburger broke away after a key block by Stu Wilkins and carried the ball to the six, where "Bump" carried it over for the score. The Chappuis passing arm came into the picture again as the Wolverine tailback hit Elliott and Rifenburg for the last two TD's. Sickels, Wistert, Ford, Heneveld, and the rest of the Michigan forward wall kept the Hoosier attack well in check. Michigan 's Bump Elliott gets a timely block from quarterback Howard Yerges, as Dick Rifenburg (89) leads the interference around the Hoosier flank , Dick Rifenburg tokes a touchdown toss from Bob Chappuis against the "pore li'l Boys."

HARRY STUHLDREHER, University of Wisconsin: "The 1947 Michigan football team was one of the finest I have seen in a long time. Its all-around striking power and balance were superb."

Turning in their best performance of the Conference campaign, the Wolverines romped 40-6 over Wisconsin, the hitherto top offensive outfit in the Big Nine, to capture their first undisputed Conference crown since 1933 and place the Rose Bowl bid securely in the Michigan camp. The Wolverine defensive line was tops as they held the highly touted Badgers to a pitiful six first downs. It was all Michigan – the Maize and Blue capitalized on every Wisconsin mistake and pulled a few tricks of their own in pushing six touchdowns across the Badger goal.

Chappuis heaved three touchdown posses, two to Yerges and one to Rifenburg, and broke away for some beautiful runs to lead the Wolverine attack. Weisenburger crashed 23 yards through center for another score while DerricoHe snagged a Girard punt and went 77 yards with some sensational down-field blocking. Mann pulled in a pass from Bump on the 3 and Peterson carried it across for the final tally.

The fine offensive play of Dom Tomasi and the rest of the line highlighted the contest.

WESLEY E. FESLER, Ohio State University: "We of Ohio thoroughly enjoyed our competition with the Michigan team of 1947. We left Ann Arbor with a feeling of respect and admiration."

With the Big Nine crown safely tucked away, the Ohio game turned into a pre-Rose Bowl warmup as the Wolverines chalked up 450 yards and 21 points to march to an undefeated season. Bob Chappuis recorded his most outstanding performance of the Conference schedule as he personally accounted for 307 yards completing 12 passes out of 26. Bump Elliott climaxed a 62 yard march with a reverse for the first Wolverine score. Chappuis ended another Michigan drive as he took a lateral from Yerges and circled end for the second tally. Dom Tomasi recovered a State fumble to set up Michigan 's last TD which Weisenburger recorded off tackle.

Derricotte, Dworsky, and Ford gave the Buckeyes a tough afternoon in the defensive department. Ohio's Jim Clark runs into trouble as the Michigan forward wall led by Dan Dworsky.

On a hot, sultry California day back in 1902, eleven "iron men" from Ann Arbor made gridiron history. The scoreboard read Michigan 37, Stanford 0, when Boss Weeks, the Wolverine quarterback, said to the battered Stanford captain, "In view of the circumstances, I suggest we end the game by mutual agreement. " With a brave refusal the Stanford team resumed play, but a few minutes later, as the last Stanford reserve was carried from the fleld, the Indian captain said, "we'll call it a day." And so ended the first Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on New Year's Day, 1902.

A great tradition was born on that day, the tradition of Michigan athletics. Exactly 46 years later, another Michigan team carried on that tradition begun by the first "point-a-minute" team of Fielding H. Yost.

"Hurry Up" Yost would often recall how his boys ran up eight touchdowns against their California hosts to set a Rose Bowl scoring record that stood until a second great Michigan team made the trip to Pasadena. Michigan used 11 players in the 1902 game as Yost's four substitutes went along for the ride. The streamlined Wolverine gridiron machine of 1947 put 35 specialists into the fray.

This year's Rose Bowl delegation had the coordination and deception unknown to the rugged, bone-crushing outfit of Heston and Weeks. The record books exclude many of the marks that were set in that first Pasadena contest, for football has come quite a way since 1902. However, there is one thing that time hasn't changed. The spirit of competition, the sportsmanship, and the will to win that is Michigan.

Everything but the Hollywood Bowl fell before the Wolverines on New Year's Day as the "Magicians of Michigan" spun, faked, passed, and ploughed their way to the most impressive victory ever witnessed in the famed Pasadena Bowl.

The Wolverines chalked up nine modern Rose Bowl records as a dazed Southern California team took their worst shellacking in 60 years of Trojan football. It was Michigan all the way as the Maize and Blue tide swept up the field for a record 491 yards.

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Under the brilliant direction of quarterback Howard Yerges, the Michigan offense ran rings around the big Trojan line which spent most of the afternoon looking for the ball-carrier. Thirteen times the Wolverines got their hands on the ball, and seven times it ended up in the Southern Cal endzone. The magic toe of dead-eye Jim Brieske had plenty of exercise as the big Michigan center split the uprights seven times out of seven for a perfect day and a new Rose Bowl mark.

Michigan's offensive line led by Dom Tomasi, Stu Wilkins, Capt. Bruce Hilkene, and Bill Pritula ground the cumbersome Trojans into the California turf while the fleet-footed Wolverine backs scampered for 243 yards. Jack Weisenburger sparkled in the ground attack as he tore through the Southern Cal line for three touchdowns to tie Elmer Layden's Rose Bowl record. All-American Bob Chappuis had one of the best days of his career. The accurate Wolverine tailback passed the opposition dizzy to chalk up a new Rose Bowl total offense record, completing 14 passes for another mark and toting the pigskin with devastating effect.

Bump Elliott, in addition to his blocking and scorinq role, turned in an expert performance in one of the toughest assignments of the day. The red-headed star was the key man in Fritz Crisler's strategy as he continually lured the Trojan defense out of eoslticn with his decoy tactics. The pass-catching of ends Bob Mann and Dick Rifenburg was sensational, while backs Hank Fonde and Gene Derricotte added their talents to the Wolverine offensive punch.

Bob Chappuis picks up a flrst down over the Trojan tackle on some nice blocking by Howard Yerges and Dom Tomasi. The "Bumper" is off for another first down with a Bob Chappuis pass early in the second quarter. Center J. T. White (55) appears in the background. Fullback Jock Weisenburger plunges over for the first Wolverine score through a hole over center opened by Stu Wilkins (68) and Dom Tomasi. Bump Elliott (18), Yerges, Chappuis, and McNeill (85) look on. Weisenburger heads for his third touchdown of the day ond a modern Rose Bowl scoring record. Dom Tomasi (65) removed a Trojan from the play. A jump pass from Chappuis to Bump Elliott connects for a Wolverine touchdown. Elliott took the tOil on the Southern Cal 6 and went over standing up on a beautiful block by Bob Mann that took out the last Trojan defenseman (33).

No rehash of the Rose Bowl contest would be complete without some words of praise on the stalwart Wolverine defense, which held the Trojans to 91 yards on the ground and a pitiful 42 through the air.

"Killer" Kempthorn and Dan Dworsky, the best line backing combination in the business, smothered everything that came their way as the forward wall broke up the interference.

Len Ford and big Al Wistert spent more time in the Southern Cal backfield than the most alert Trojan back, as the rugged pair of Wolverine linemen broke up one play after another. On one occasion Wistert hit the Trojan ball-carrier so hard that the pigskin squirted out of his hands to be recovered by Dworsky, setting up a Chappuis to Yerges touchdown pass.

Wolverine flanker, Ed McNeill, just wouldn't be stopped as he forced the Trojan runners in and racked up the interference. Safety-man Gene Derricotte, the leading punt-returner in the Big Nine, stood on the sideline marker time and time again to snag would-be "out of bound" boots and run them back for valuable yardage.

Quentin Sickels and Joe Soboleski were in there all the time while the vicious tackles of defensive quarterback Pete Elliott stopped a good share of the Trojan plays .

And so the story went; just a case of "heads up" ball on the part of 35 Wolverines who knew their job and did it well.

Safety-man Gene Derricotte, the leading punt-returner in the Big Nine, stood on the sideline marker time and time again to snag would-be "out the pained expressian on this Southern Cal back indicates "no gain" as he hits the impenetrable Wolverine line. Left, End Ed McNeill shows same of the fine defensive play that marked his afternoon in the Pasadena bowl.

Below, read about other exciting University of Michigan football seasons that are not featured in WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, a limited-edition, deluxe gift book on the history of University of Michigan football with more than 1,000 amazing pictures.

1932 University of Michigan Football Season


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Awarded positions on every major All-American team, voted the Chicago Tribune Trophy for the Western Conference, and judged the most valuable football player in intercollegiate competition in the country! We cannot say more for Harry Newman than did Grantland Rice: "From a fine field, Newman stood well above the rest.... He made Michigan's run of eight successive victories possible with his forward passing, his broken field running, and his place kicking. He must be listed as one of the most effective triple threat backs the season produced. "Newman had every trick of the great ball carrier, and he could hit a pass receiver in the eye at 30 yards. Newman also was a competitor of the highest type... the crown-winning Wolverine was a standout."


Chosen as end on the All-American Board Team. He is a rugged player, a hard man to down, and one who possesses real determination. He does not attempt to be an individual star, yet becomes one because he is in every play , fighting as a team player . He is a hard man to evade, and few men are able to skirt his end with much success. When the play comes at the other end, he frequently backs up the line at that point. On the offense, he seldom fails to gain on an end-around play, and has a real eye for passes. He blocks well, and forms perfect interference. Michigan can be justly proud of this all-around player.


Fielding H. Yost, director : Franklin C. Cappon, assistant director and basketball: Harry G. Kipke, football: Ray L. Fisher, baseball,' C~arles B. Hoyt, track and cross country ; C~lfford Keen, wrestling: Matthew Mann, swimmmg; Ed Lowrey, hockey; John Johnstone, fencing and tennis; Wilbur D. West, gymnastics; Thomas C. Trueblood, golf. Assistant coaches: Jack L. Blott, Raymond O. Courtright, Bennie G. Oosterbaan, J. Kenneth Doherty, Walter B. Weber, Raymond V. Roberts, trainer; John Brosovich, assistant trainer.


National and Conference Champions! Arising from a storm of criticism and praise that completely hid the true worth of Michigan's fighting Wolverines, this phrase echoed and reechoed across the country, stamping this team as one of the greatest ever to be produced at Michigan. Led by Captain Ivan Williamson, tutored by the ever-alert Harry Kipke, and directed by All-American Harry Newman at quarterback, and inspired by numerous potentialities both on the defense and the offense, the team swept through the season undefeated.

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The march of the Michigan squad was not a stampede in any sense of the word, but the advance was a steady one, and when the season ended, the team was not proclaimed as the biggest scoring team in the country, but as the one that no team was able to defeat. Dominated by the careful "punt, pass, and pray" system, the team slowly broke down the opponent's defense, and began an inevitable march across the goal line.

As the season opened, the critics doubted the ability of the team to win more than two or three games. The State game loomed as the crucial test of the team, but even then the team only looked forward to hard fights with Northwestern, Ohio State, and others that were doped to place in the upper brackets of the season's standings. This surprising victory did not allay all the fears, yet the campus was at last justified in silencing the taunts of the State rooters. The victory over Northwestern is believed by many to be the turning point of the season. In this game, Rentner was completely stopped in his attack, and Michigan even showed a decided offensive. It also proved that Michigan had as fine a defensive unit as it had the previous year, although there were still some obvious faults to be corrected.

In the Ohio State game, when Michigan lost the services of Fay and Heston, hopes for a championship began to dim. A shift was made in the line-up, Ted Petoskey went to full-back, and Michigan defeated Illinois easily. The succeeding games saw Michigan a much improved unit, although more caution was used as the season neared its close. Princeton threw a scare into the Michigan rooters when the easterners nearly upset all predictions, but the Wolves "hawked" the ball blocked a punt and won the game. The final game with Minnesota proved that Michigan could not be beaten, when, under the handicap of sub-zero weather, the team fought off every Gopher thrust, and avoiding all chances, elected to try the field goal that was to declare Michigan as the national champions. It was typical of Michigan resourcefulness, but it won a game. Two championships just naturally trailed along. Under the Dickinson ratings, Michigan was rated about one point above Southern California, and although there was considerable protest, it appears that more touchdowns cannot defeat a better team with a harder schedule. Besides developing a perfect team organization, the coaching staff also developed numerous stars who were to win individual recognition. Newman and Petoskey received All-American honors, increasing Michigan's long total. Wistert, Williamson, and Bernard were awarded places on the All-Conference team. Newman and Petoskey, of course, were also given positions on this mythical eleven. Other stars were a shade under those from other schools. Each man stood out, but still they were able to work together perfectly, all champions.


ENTERING the game as the underdogs to a highly touted Spartan team, Michigan opened up a bewildering array of passes and runs to completely outclass their opponents before a crowd of 50,000 people. In the first quarter Regeczi bucked over the line after a long march down the field for the first score. From then on State could offer little resistance to the attack led by Newman, Everhardus and Fay. Aided by Regeczi's consistent punting, Michigan was in a position in the third quarter for the second touchdown, a wide sweep around the end by Heston. In the fourth period Everhardus got loose for a 26 yard run for a touchdown which was matched by another short run by Fay for six more points.

Throughout the game, Newman was a constant threat with his passes and his punt run-backs. On one occasion he received a fifty yard punt from Eliowitz and ran it back 35 yards. He also scored three consecutive points after touchdowns. The line showed considerable strength in holding the Spartan runners to small gains, stopping the highly advertised Monnett and Eliowitz, besides opening wide holes for the Michigan backfield. On one play, however, Wistert received a serious ankle injury that kept him away from practice for some time. Michigan's superiority was evident by the fact that they scored twelve first downs to State's one, while they completed seven passes for a total of 128 yards.

One of the surprising features of the game was the consistently good blocking that the backfield produced. The ball-runners were able to break away time and time again despite the consistent attempts of the Spartans to break into the defense. The opposition was constantly thrust out of the way by hard and fast blocking, sensational in view of the early season dope. On the second play of the game, Eliowitz nearly upheld the pre-game prediction by making a 76 yard run which ended on the 9 yard line. It appeared that State would then walk away with the game from a Michigan team that yet had to prove its worth. However, on the next play State lost the ball, Michigan punted out of danger, and from that point on, the Wolverines had matters well in hand and the ball in State territory.

In addition to Regeczi's punting , Coach Kipke found a valuable line-plunger in the same person. On his attempts at crashing the Spartan forward wall, he averaged nearly two yards. When yardage was needed, he was always able to provide it, and his consistent plunging led the team down the field, he would not be stopped and made the first score of the season. Featured in Regeczi's punting was the fact that the ball never touched the ground in the middle of the field, but always managed to keep safely to the sidelines, where the State runners, renowned for their open field running, could be easily bottled up by the Michigan forwards. This sensational victory was well earned.


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DESPITE the fact that Northwestern was the heavy favorite in this game, Michigan defeated the Wildcats in a well-played game which largely determined the outcome of the Conference championship. Led on the offensive by Harry Newman, and by Chuck Bernard on the defensive, the Varsity played a heads up game from start to finish, waiting for the breaks and taking advantage of them at every occasion. On the first play after the kick-off, the Michigan forwards rushed Rentner, forcing him to fumble behind the line of scrimmage. Captain Ivan Williamson immediately recovered near the sidelines. After a series of bucks, Stan Fay plunged off tackle to score the first points. Petoskey failed to convert the try for extra point.

Throughout the quarter the ball see-sawed back and forth, Northwestern trying desperately to match this score. Finally, having pushed deep into Michigan territory, they crossed the Wolves on a fake pass and run. Olson, back of the line, ran to his left, threatening a pass in that direction. Suddenly he turned and passed to the other side of the field, where Potter was standing alone. Evading a few tacklers, he crossed the goal line; then a Wildcat attempt to kick failed to tally. Until the third period, the game was rather slow, outstanding only in the way that All-American "Pug" Rentner was stopped. He was expected by everyone to do some sensational running, but on every attempt he was smeared by a stubborn Michigan defense. In the third quarter, after a long exchange of punts, Northwestern made a second costly fumble in midfield. Newman immediately elected to pass, caught Northwestern off their guard, and the ball was snared by Fay on the twenty yard line, from which point he carried it to the two yard line. In another play he had carried it over the line. Northwestern was still a threat, until Newman gathered in a punt and ran it back thirty yards. At this point he proceeded to put the game "on ice," calmly booted a field goal, and brought the score to 15-6.

From that point Michigan turned to strictly defensive football, but Northwestern apparently had lost heart after that disastrous field goal, and made no strong attempts to cross the Wolverine goal line.

From a standpoint of rushing, Michigan was outplayed, mounting up only 97 yards to Northwestern's 127. The Wildcats also scored eight first downs to one for Michigan. But the Wolves were superior in handling the ball, and in waiting patiently for the breaks managed to defeat a highly-touted team. Newman was a constant threat on his punt run-backs, and the Northwestern defense was kept constantly on the alert watching his shifty tactics. His pass to Fay for the first score proved that he had not lost his passing eye, made the Wildcats spread their defense, and gave an advantage to Regeczi who plunged the line for consistent gains. Above all, this game silenced all previous talk that Northwestern with Rentner was invincible, and that Michigan would never cross the Wildcats' goal line.


THE future All-American quarterback, Harry Newman, found a strong Ohio State team apparently stopping the Michigan running attack cold; so, he was forced to resort to a passing attack that completely fooled the Buckeyes. Ohio succeeded in stopping the Wolverine backfield. But they could not reckon with a quarterback who could flip passes at will and locate receivers at every point, nor a team that could take advantage of every break.

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In the first period, after two plays had been completed, Cramer, the Ohio star, made a poor kick that bounded only 14 yards to the Ohio 29 yard line. There Newman unloosed two successful passes for a gain of 17 yards. Fay then tried the line twice for a gain of nine yards, but on the next play was thrown for a loss of six yards. Newman then tossed a pass to Regeczi who was over the goal line. Newman added the extra point.

In the third period Cramer pulled another "boner" by running on the fourth down from punt formation. Consequently, Michigan took the ball deep in the Ohio territory. Newman picked up 15 yards around the end, and after gaining 15 more by a penalty, passed to Williamson, who was all alone, for the second touchdown. Newman again converted the extra point. The Ohio State backfield, particularly Cramer and the sophomore star, Oliphant, was able to skirt the ends at will. At times the Michigan forward wall looked woefully weak, but on a few dangerous thrusts that the Buckeyes made into the Michigan territory, the line was able to repel the advances. Bernard and Petoskey were the stars on the Michigan defense.

The game proved costly for the ~Iichigan hopes through the injury of three of the Michigan star players. Heston was forced to leave the game with a fractured leg that definitely put him out for the season. Stan Fay cracked some ribs in a pileup, although he did not know it until the game was over. He was laid up for a few weeks, as was Marcovsky, outstanding lineman. The redeeming feature of the game was the accurate passing of Newman, who completely crossed up the Ohio defense. The total gain by means of the aerial route was 87 yards .


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COACH Kipke was forced to put a new team on the field due to the injuries that were suffered in the Ohio State game. Petoskey was switched from end, where he had starred previously, to fullback. Regeczi was shifted to the half-back post. Willis Ward was placed at the end post vacated by Petoskey. With this lineup, Michigan completely overwhelmed the Illini defense. The line consistently opened up large holes through which Petoskey galloped for long gains, blocked out the ends and took care of the secondary defense for the long runs of Newman and Everhardus, and gave Regeczi plenty of protection for his long spirals that kept the IlIini backs to their own goal throughout the game. So great was the surprise of the Illinois squad at the versatility of Petoskey, that they were entirely unprepared for his crushing attacks at the line. A good end was making line plunges that gained more yardage than the usual at tempts off tackle and around the ends.

In the first period, Michigan started right off with a touchdown that was the result of a pass from Newman to Williamson with a net gain in yardage of 34 yards. On the first play after the following kickoff, Petoskey, through a wide hole in the Illinois line, went for 56 yards and another touchdown. It took only this to completely demoralize the Illinois team and first downs for Michigan came almost at will.

In the second quarter, Michigan resumed its onslaught, and immediately marched the kickoff down the field about 80 yards, from which point Everhardus scored on a 14 yard slant around the end.

Later in the game, Newman started at his eight yard line and ran 73 yards to the Illinois nine. Then he crossed the defense by tossing a pass to Ward who waited on the two yard line. Petoskey wasted no time in diving over the two teams piled up at the goal line.

As for the Illinois attempts to gain ground, the fact remains that they were able to gain only 28 yards through a revised Wolverine team. Incidentally, at no time during the game were they out of their own territory. Gil Berry and Pete Yanuskas , the usually versatile Illinois backs, were tied hand and foot by the Michigan forward wall that constantly broke through to stop them before they could get their plays under way. Willis Ward played a smart game at end in Petoskey 's place, and showed that he will hold down one of the wing positions of next year . Whitey Wistert, playing a hard and clever game in his tackle position, showed real aptitude at figuring out the opponents' play.


AFTER travelling into Indiana with a crippled team, the Michigan squad pushed over a touchdown which converted them from a totally outplayed team into one again victorious. Petoskey entered the game badly battered as a result of his hard game at the fullback post against the IIlini the week before. Because of an injury to his shoulder, John Regeczi was hindered considerably in his punting, yet was able to present an exhibition notably over par. In the first and second periods, Michigan was fighting tooth and nail to pierce the Indiana defense, and since the ball changed hands so frequently, the game was somewhat slower than those so far witnessed. A chart of the game shows that neither team was able to mark up consistent gains, and each was restricted to its end of the field.

Finally, in the third period, Newman was trapped, attempting to pass. He started around the end and went to the six inch line before he was stopped. A series of plunges proved the Indiana line impregnable. On the last down Michigan lined up for a left end run with Newman back. He started in that direction, reversed and went around the other end for a touchdown. He place-kicked the extra point.

There were no more threats of scoring until the last quarter, when Michigan, nearly exhausted by the hard driving Hoosiers, was forced to give way. Indiana advanced the ball to Michigan's five yard line where Kipkes team dug in their cleats and took the ball on downs. At this point Petoskey was so exhausted that he was ordered out of the game by Williamson : for the second time of the season he refused and finished the game, although he was almost out on his feet. Michigan made one previous scoring threat in the first quarter, but Newman chose to pass. A touchback resulted when the ball went incomplete over the goal line. From then on the game settled into a punting duel, with neither team seeming to have the edge. In rushing, Michigan seemed to have the edge, registering 8 first downs to Indiana's four, and rolling up 127 yards against 77 for the Hoosiers.


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MICHIGAN entered the game with the Tigers expecting an easy win, despite the warnings of the critics, but under a new coach with a new system, old Nassau had developed a surprisingly strong attack that all but swept the Wolverines off their feet. Led by James, Princeton half-back, the opponents scored early in the second quarter after a fumbled punt by Newman went into their hands on Michigan's 16 yard line. Newman's passes had fallen and the backs had difficulty getting under way. The Princeton squad, in the meantime, had completely smothered any Michigan thrusts, and the line had outrushed 'the opposition's forward wall on the offensive enough to provide plenty for Michigan to worry about.

After Princeton had recovered the ball on the 16 yard line, James pushed through to the two yard line, and on the next play Bales took the ball over easily. Fortune kicked the extra point. It took only this to make Michigan hopes take a big drop. However, the Michigan ends went under a long punt that hit the ground and bounced toward the goal line, closed in on Bales and threw him back of the goal line for a safety . He had unwisely attempted to pick up the wet ball on the bound, fumbled, was forced to chase it into the end zone where Ward brought him down with a vicious tackle.

In the third period Regeczi's punt from midfield placed the ball deep in Princeton's territory. Princeton attempted a return kick, but Wi11iamson broke through and blocked it. The ball was batted around in the air by the players until Bernard pulled it down and ran over the goal line to put Michigan in the lead.

Princeton's attack seemed to falter at this point, and in the fourth quarter a poor kick by Princeton brought the ball only up to their own 37 yard line where Regeczi received it and ran outside on the 17 yard line. He was injured on the play after both teams had been offside, but Michigan was given possession with the gain because of roughness of Princeton's part. It was Newman's turn to drop back and flip a pass to Ward, who was standing alI alone in the end zone.


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BEFORE a crowd of thoroughly chilled spectators, Michigan succeeded in defeating the Maroons of Chicago in a rather listless game. Neither team was able to gain consistently, consequently each resorted primarily to defensive tactics. The attack of the Chicago team was very weak and the Michigan squad, somewhat recovered from a bruising battle of the week before, was little able to offer an impressive offense. The high spots of the game were provided by Harry Newman, who distinguished himself in two sensational runs that brought Michigan's only scores. Excepting the play of Herm. Everhardus , who had a good day at his half-back post, Newman's briIIiant sprints were the only redeemable features of the game. In the third quarter, Newman received a punt on the 23 yard line; momentarily he was blocked by three Chicago tacklers, he sidestepped, twisted, and appeared in the clear. His teammates sped into action and blocked out the Maroons almost completely. He eluded those between him and the safety man, but Captain WiIIiamson stepped quickly to the front and with a perfectly executed block enabled Newman to finish his 77 yard jaunt unmolested.

In the fourth quarter with only a minute to play, Michigan had finally worked its way into the Chicago territory. There Newman crossed up the entire team and the spectators, didn't stall as was expected, faked a pass, and started wide around his end. None of the Chicago men were on that side, since the ends were well blocked in. Thus Newman was able to advance across the goal line, 27 yards away, without being touched. Petoskey 's kicks after both touchdowns were wide. These two runs provided enough excitement for the spectators to make up for the rest of the game which was unusually slow.

Regeczi, due to injuries, was confined to the sidelines, and Everhardus took over the kicking consignment for the day. His punting was a surprise when he averaged 43 yards on his attempts. One of his kicks from his goal line, traveled 83 yards before it was finally downed by the Chicago safety man.


To climax a season of victories, the Varsity faced a hard combination to defeat, zero weather and an unusually strong Minnesota team, and scored a victory which meant a championship. Harry Newman gambled on a field goal, won, and so provided the only score of the day. Regeczi had been sending long spirals down the field all afternoon, constantly driving a determined Minnesota team back to their own goal line, but always they were able to kick back, and prevent the Wolves from closing in. Michigan had made three scoring attempts during the game but everyone had failed.

With only seconds remaining in the first half, Michigan found itself in possession of the ball on the four yard line. Bernard had recovered a fumble by Manders on the 24 yard line, from which point Newman had passed to Fay for an eight yard gain. The fast thinking, fast acting quarterback then slanted off tackle to the twelve yard line. Everhardus tried to push ahead, but Wells, All-Conference tackle, broke through and nabbed him for a four yard loss. Newman then tossed a quick pass to Petoskey who was tackled in his tracks on the four yard line. The time was short, only time for one play remained, and Newman called for a kick. Stan Fay was holding the ball, an all-American toe was against the ball, and sent it sailing over the bars for the points that spelled victory. Hardly were they lined up for the next play when the gun went off ending the half.

The second half found Michigan firmly entrenched in its defensive position, making no attempts to score, and being perfectly content to hold the Gophers back of their own 45 yard line. Minnesota lost all chances when Michigan ball hawks took every occasion to recover a fumble. The Gophers managed to fumble the ball eight times, recovering four of them. But they proved to be :l. distinct factor in their defeat. Regeczi averaged 43 yards on his punts. Victory, an undisputed conference title, and the Dickinson National Championship can be said to have come from football as only Michigan plays it: Cause a break, take advantage of it, score, and then let the others try to score against an air tight defense.

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"Doc" Morrison's successor, selected as center on mythical team. Like his predecessor, he charges hard on the line, and is a hard man to get by while backing up the line.



1932 Wolverine captain, chosen as an All-Conference end for the second time. One of the finest ends developed at Michigan since Oosterbaan.


Awarded tackle position for his hard playing and smart football tactics. He adds strength to the line, and analyses the opponents attack well. Throughout the season his work was outstanding.

1951 University of Michigan Football Season


Don Peterson, versatile Wolverine backfield standout, was chosen by his teammates as the most valuable player of the 1951 football season. The fleet-footed Racine, Wis., senior played every backfield position except quarterback. Aside from his regular post at right half, Don's knowledge of the Michigan spin technique enabled him to step into the fullback slot whenever necessary. In this respect, he followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Tom, who was a fine spinner on the championship Wolverine teams of 1948 and 1949. Don thrilled Michigan football fans all season, smashing through the center of the opposition forward wall, skirting around end, and handling many Maize and Blue passing chores. He carried the ball 152 yards for an overall average of 3.6 yards per try. The 5' 10" team sparkplug scored four times during the season, and helped set up many touchdown drives. The Wolverines will miss the steady performances of this workhorse.


Bennie Oosterbaan and his staff will face an extremely stiff challenge to replace the senior football talent who graduate this year. The biggest loss will be in key line positions, left vacant by guard Ray Kelsey, guard Jim Wolter, end Russ Osterman, end Bob Dingman, guard Pete Kinyon, end Fred Pickard, and tackle Tom Johnson. These men formed the nucleus around which the Wolverine squad, particularly the defensive unit, was built.

Captain Bill Putich, team quarterback, and all-around backfield star Don Peterson, voted this year's most valuable player, are key losses for the Michigan offense. Putich called signals in a consistent, capable manner throughout the 1951 season, and Peterson utilized his talent at all of the backfield slots except the quarterback one. Few Wolverine football stars have displayed more spirit than dependable Tom Johnson or more football know-how than Bill Putich or Don Peterson.

Bill Putich of Cleveland, Ohio, captained the 1951 Wolverine squad and handled the vital quarterback slot. Tough and wiry with that natural confidence which makes a good field leader, Bill also proved himself a competent blocker and passer. The best-remembered feat of his football career came against Michigan State in 1950 when, sent in for one play, he pitched a touchdown pass to win the game for Michigan and earn himself the monicker of "OnePlay" Putich.


The Maize and Blue has known much better football seasons than 1951. The most distressing factors of the season were the losses to an Ivy League and to a West Coast team. The once-powerful Wolverine grid machine was dormant until the season's finale against Ohio State, except for temporary displays of power against Minnesota and, perhaps, Indiana and Iowa. "Too much football," the critics shouted before the season opened ; "too little football" would have been more appropriate by the season's close. As the "champions of the West" tumbled from their tottering throne, local sentiment was "The King is dead; long live the Hockey team. "


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Captain of the 1952 grid team will be end Merritt "Tim" Green, one of the hardest workers and tacklers of the 1951 squad. Tim came to Michigan from Toledo's DeVilbiss High School, the same school that produced Bob Chappius, the Wolverine's 1947 All-American backfield star. Tim was the winner of the Meyer W. Morton Memorial Trophy as the most improved player in 1951 spring practice. He proved his ability this year as a speedy deadly tackler at the defensive end position. Although he has played on defense throughout most of his collegiate football career, Tim is also a capable pass receiver.

One of the best and probably one of the most underrated tackles in the entire country was Tom Johnson, Michigan's outstanding lineman this season. Despite his 227 pounds and 62" height, the Muskegon tackle possesses a cat-like quickness and an amazing ability to recover and change direction. He was one of the few 60-minute players on the Wolverine team, fast enough to play an important part in Michigan's split-second offensive, and strong enough to match any defensive player in the country at that phase of the game. Quiet and soft-spoken off the field, Tom is what coaches like to call "a ball-players' ball player" as soon as the opening whistle blows. Whatever success the Wolverine line achieved this season was due in large measure to Tom Johnson. Captain-elect Merritt "Tim" Green poses after the final 1951 spring practice at which he was awarded the Meyer Morton Trophy. Reliable tackle Tom Johnson is helped off the playing field after an injury sustained in the Michigan State game.

0 ... 25

A seemingly-unbeatable Michigan State football team utilized a powerful ground offensive to roll up a 25-0 victory over the Wolverines, the most one-sided Spartan victory in the 53-year history of the rivalry between the two schools. State's crushing ground attack resulted in a net gain of 249 yards; Michigan, by contrast, in 36 rushing attempts ran up a grand total of minus 23 yards. Only once did the Wolverines penetrate far enough into Spartan territory to threaten ; their master stroke of the afternoon, however, clanged to a dead stop on the Spartan eight midway in the third period. Biggie Munn's powerful State defense held the Maize and Blue offense to a net gain of six yards for the afternoon. During the first period, it looked as if the game might develop into a close contest, but early in the second, crafty Spartan quarterback AI Dorow guided his team for 79 yards in 25 plays, carrying the ball into the end zone himself on fourth down from the one yard line; the first State touchdown march gained momentum from two crucial offside penalties against Michigan, an injury to ace Wolverine tackle Tom Johnson, and a pair of passes from Dorow to end Bob Carey for 15 and nine yards respectively. From there on the Maize and Blue grew steadily weaker, allowing the Spartans to score twice in the third period and once in the fourth. Said Spartan coach Munn, "I couldn't be prouder of my boys."

13 ... 23

An aerial-minded Stanford eleven, led by quarterback Gary Kerkorian and All-American end Bill McColl, displayed real passing wizardy to drop the Wolverines by a 23-13 score and end Michigan's undisputed reign over West Coast teams. McColl caught seven of Kerkorian's passes for a grand total of 143 yards, while Indian end Sam Morley hauled in four more for a 60 yard total.

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On the ground, the two teams were fairly evenly matched; 16 of the 19 Wolverine first downs were earned by rushing. End Lowell Perry and Bill Putich, Michigan captain and halfback, were responsible for the two Wolverine tallies. Fullback Don Peterson and quarterback Ted Topor also stood out for the Maize and Blue. Stanford touchdown drives, sparked by Kerkorian and a steel-reinforced web of Indian blockers, went for 65, 72 and 54 yards respectively. The final three points came as a result of Kerkorian's field goal with only 41 seconds left to play. This was the first time that a Michigan team had ever been humbled by a West Coast e1even,and the crowd of 57,000 was more than a little stunned.

33 ... 14

The Michigan team ran and passed to a 33-14 victory over an inferior Hoosier eleven. The Wolverine passing attack, sparked by Don Peterson and Bill Putich, unleashed itself early in the first half for the first time in the 1951 season. Sustained drives of 67 and 88 yards, heavily dependent on aerial attack, gave the Maize and Blue a 13-0 half-time lead. In the second half, Michigan's running attack swung into high gear, and helped by the passing of freshman Duncan McDonald, pushed over three more scores in drives of 74, 35 and 60 yards. Peterson was top offensive man of the day, carrying the ball for 70 yards and completing two of four passes for 67 more. An improved Wolverine pass defense checked heralded Indiana end, Lou D' Achille.

21 ... 0

Although the Hawkeyes won the battle of statistics with 15 first downs to the Wolverines' 11 and a 310 total offense total to Michigan's 227, the Maize and Blue made the most of its opportunities to defeat Iowa, 21-0. Fullback Don Peterson sparked the Wolverine offense to its two first half touchdowns, scoring the second himself. The Wolverines capitalized on a fine defensive game, as well as Hawkeye bad breaks and mistakes. Iowa fullback Bill Reichards personally accounted for 152 yards rushing, more than the entire Michigan ground attack combined. But the Hawkeyes could not seem to get going once they moved into Wolverine territory. Dave Tinkham played a fine game, consistently breaking up Iowa passes, and intercepting a Hawkeye pass on his own two and running it back to the Iowa 49. The result was the widest margin of victory ever recorded in the series between the two schools since Michigan ruined the Hawkeyes, 107-0, in 1902.

54 ... 27

It was a fine homecoming, despite chilly air and overcast skies, as the Wolverines won a wild, thrill-packed ball game from Minnesota, 54-27. From the opening two minutes, when the Gophers scored on the kickoff and Michigan roared back on the second play from scrimmage for a countering touchdown, the battle was like nothing ever seen before between these two old-time rivals.

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The 81 point total was the highest ever recorded in the history of the Little Brown Jug rivalry which dates back to 1892. The Gophers stunned the 87,000 customers as fullback Ron Engel ran back the opening kick-off 94 yards for a touchdown, after fumbling the ball on his own 15. With only one minute and 55 seconds gone, Wolverine Wes Bradford took a handoff from Ted Topor and sliced through the left side of the line for 49 yards and a touchdown. From then on it was a duel of surprises. Lowell Perry, stellar Michigan end, turned in one of the finest performances ever recorded on a Maize and Blue gridiron. Perry played fine ball all afternoon, scoring the fourth touchdown on a 75 yard run down the left sideline, and catching two scoring passes, one good for 71 yards and the other for 25. The Wolverine line, particularly tackle Tom Johnson was outstanding offensively as well as defen sively. On defense, Merritt Green and Bob Timm consistently stopped Gopher runners. Michigan's Governor G. Mennan Williams was more than a little amazed: "I was a few minutes late," he said, "and missed two touchdowns." Queried Gopher coach Wes Fesler, " How can we score four touchdowns, run the ball inside the enemy 10 three other times and still lose by such a margin?"

Some of the Michigan squad watch excitedly from the bench as Wolverine gridders continue to pile up yardage against an out-classed Minnesota team. The Maize and Blue reached their season's peak during the annual Homecoming clash.

0 ... 7

Just 71 seconds of playing time remained in the game when Illini right end Rex Smith slipped into the end zone all by himself to catch a feathery eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy O'Connell and hand the Wolverines a heart-breaking 7-0 defeat. With less than six minutes of play remaining, it looked as if the struggle would end in a 0-0 deadlock when Michigan fullback Don Peterson sent a quick kick screaming out of bounds on the Illinois 17. But the Illini fought back with a touchdown drive which resuited in a storybook climax and an Illinois Rose Bowl bid. The Big Red handed the Wolverines their third non-conference defeat of the season by a 20-7 score. With three minutes gone in the second period Michigan scored its lone touchdown after Merritt Green recovered a Cornell fumble on the Big Red 43. But Cornell, taking advantage of Wolverine miscues, bounced back to hand Michigan her biggest upset of the season. The first Cornell touchdown dri ve covered 80 yards in 11 well-picked plays; Jackie Jaeckel, substitute quarterback, and halfback Bill Whalen were the principals.

7 ... 20

With the count tied at 7-7, Cornell's Bill Kirk snatched a Putich-Pickard pass on his own 46. Another Jaeckel pass from the Wolverine 39 to Stu Merz on the 20 resulted in paydirt. The third Big Red score was set up when Cornell intercepted another Putich pass on the Michigan 20. Two of the five Wolverine fumbles were recoved by the Big Red; Cornell intercepted four Michigan passes, largely because of shabby Wolverine line play.

0 ... 6

Strategic pass interceptions and equally strategic fumble recoveries enabled the underdog Wildcat team to win an upset victory on this cold November afternoon. In fact Northwestern defense men managed to snag as many Wolverine passes as Michigan receivers did. Probably the most excited man in the stadium was the Wildcat coach, who hopped around the sidelines shouting encouragement and rebukes to his scrappy charges. By contrast, Northwestern field general, Bob Burson, was as calm as could be, pausing to survey the Michigan defense and to discuss signals with his backfield.

An alert Northwestern pass defense was largely responsible for a 6-0 Wildcat victory over the Maize and Blue. Northwestern scored the game's lone touchdown with 11 minutes remaining in the second period on the fine running of fullback Chuck Hren, who chalked up gain after gain during a second-period touchdown march. After Hren's touchdown, the Wildcats played sound, conservative football, depending on five pass interceptions to dim slim Wolverine hopes of reclaiming the conference championship for four seasons in a row. Statistically, Michigan won the game with 17 first downs, 244 yards gained on the ground, and five pass completions; whenever the Wolverines scented paydirt, however, the once proud Maize and Blue folded completely. The Michigan defense played a good game, holding the Wildcats to 156 yards rushing. Among the standout defensemen for the Wolverines were Russ Osterman, Don Dugger, Roger Zatkoff and Larry LeClair. Michigan's sometime-powerful offense was dormant. Wes Bradford, Frank Howell, Bill Putich and Don Peterson all made occasional gains, particularly when the ball was deep in Wolverine territory. Bob Voigts, Northwestern coach, said, "We've been waiting for this one; we were sure we could handle the Wolverines." Said Michigan's Bennie Oosterbaan, "We just ran out of steam."

7 ... 0

A 49 yard drive, late in the second period, gave the Wolverines a 7-0 win over a favored Ohio State team in the final game of the 1951 football season. Fullback Don Peterson scored the touchdown on a six yard pitchout from the T -formation. Three tailbackquarterback passes were the key elements in the Michigan touchdown drive. Captain Bill Putich threw two of these passes to Ted Topor for gains of 15 and 9 yards; the third one went from Putich to Don Zanfagna. Neither team was able to hold the ball for too long; possession alternated 16 times in each half and there were 19 punts. Both offensive platoons lost the ball six times on fumbles and interceptions; the Wolverines, however, converted every crucial break to their advantage. It was an even game in every department. The Buckeyes had a slight edge in total offense with 222 yards to Michigan's 215, but most of the Ohio State gains came deep in their own territory. The game was, however, primarily a defensive one.

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The real story of the struggle revolved around two fine defensive teams which, time and time again, stubbornly refused to give up yardage. Tackle Tom Johnson and linebacker Larry LeClaire sparked the Wolverines to a magnificent, impregnable defense, reminiscent of the Harmon and Chappius-led teams, which refused to permit the Buckeyes closer to the goal line than the Michigan 19. Ohio's front line, led by defensive left end Sherwin Gandee, played equally inspiring ball, on one occasion holding the Wolverines with first and goal-to-go inside the six yard line. It was a thrilling climax to a rather mediocre season . "These boys just didn't know the meaning of quit," said Michigan coach Bennie Oosterbaan. Ohio State coach Woody Hayes expressed a similar sentiment. "We're not making any alibis about the game," he said. "Michigan played a great game. The Wolverines had the more determined spirit and that was the difference." But it was big Tom Johnson, outstanding Wolverine tackle who played his usual terrific and devastating defensive game, who expressed the attitude which has been typical of Michigan's fighting grid elevens for scores of years. Said Johnson, "It's the only way to end a season."

1956 University of Michigan Football Season

When we win, we cheer; when we lose , we remain sile nt. In brief t his is t he story behind the spirit that is Michigan today. It see ms to be a d ifferent tone tha t has settled a s the University has grown la rge in size. Athleti cs in Ann Arbo r a re followed loyally but with a genera lly qu iet enthusiasm. O ur sp irit at eve nts is seld om st rong ly organized . If anything, the Michiga n spirit is co nse rvat ive. occasiona lly rising spontan eo usly to the point of almost uncon trolled e nthus iasm. The roa r of th e Stad ium is one of q uan t ity with bu rsts of cheering. Often . it is the away games that find Michigan supporters rising to the oc ca sion to lend quality. Michigan's impressive football victory ove r Oh io State at Columbus le ft fT)any a Maize a nd Blue rooter without a strong voice. So d id a dramat ic ba sketb all vict ory over Michigan State during the wint er. And you can go down to the Hockey Coliseum almost any cold mid-year weekend to hear the expectant hush and then the explosi ve roar o r- another Mich igan exploit on ice . As the year p rog ressed, Michigan teams were (as usua l) first. second. or very near to the top in their various sports. "The Spirit of '57" was a year symbolicetlly in rhythm.

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Successes Amid Disappointment

Michigan's 1956 football team was perhaps the best seen in Ann Arbor since 1948. but it was a team that just missed gaining the rewards it probably deserved by the season's end. Instead of a Conference t itle or a Rose Bowl bid, Michigan had to be content with a 7-2 record. a tie for second place in the Big Ten, plus satisfying victories over Iowa and Ohio State.

The big disappointment of the year was the crashing Homecoming loss to Minnesota in a game that Michigan could have won. It was this game rather than the 9-0 loss to Northern rival Michigan State that seemed to throw Michigan's title hopes to the cold and sometimes damp fall wind.

The class of 1957 gave many big names to form the squad 's backbone. Two outstanding ends-Ron Kramer and Captain Tom Maentz rated as one of college football's all-time best combinations. Halfback Terry Barr finally shook the injury jinx to star both offensively and defensively. Dick Hill was rated as one of the Conference's be st guards, be side s be ing named by his te ammates as "the most valuable player."

The 1956 season also marked the return of a famous Michigan name in John Herrnstein, who added considerably to the Blue offense at fullback. It was, in fact, the Michigan offense instead of the defe nse that made Coach Bennie Oosterbaen's squad a power.

So the season ended with a myth ical nationa l ran king of seve nth in the country. Afte r the 19-0 finale at Oh io State , the Wolverines looked like Conference champions . .. almo st .

Opening day for the fall season came well after classe s were under way on September 29. Michigan's opponent UCLA, although a participant in the 1956 Rose Bowl game against Michigan State, had been hard hit by the stiff Pacific Coast Conference crackdown on illegal financial aid to athletes.

It was hardl y an y co nte st as the spirit ed Wolverine attack poured on four touchdowns in the first half to win going awa y fina lly, 42 -13. The game, which attracted a shirt-sleeve c rowd of nearl y 68,000, featured a st rong offense spa rked pr imarily by the ad d ition of two sophomores, fullback John Herrnste in and left halfback Bob Pta ce k, and two veteran spe e dsters in right halfback Terry Barr and another tailback in Jim Pace.

There were sig ns from Michigan 's attack against the Uclans that Coach Bennie Oosterbaan and staff had a far more potent backfield than in recent years. But the Wolverines did not seem to have quite the defensive st re ngt h needed to hold up the walls against a rugged Big Ten schedule. The UCLA-Michigan series ended with this one game. Although the 1957 schedule had Michigan playing Southern California on the Coast. The battle of the single wings had shown the master.

Chertered Greyhound buses brought UM Alumni Club members end the Eest Lensing contingent to Ann Arbor. It takes quite a spectacle for 101,001 people to sit through an afternoon in the ra in. The Michigan-Michigan State game, however, was the biggest th ing in the whole Wol verine State on that overcast fall Saturday of October 6, when the Spartans turned matters neatly to beat the Wolverines, 9-0 .

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In 1955, it had been Michigan's pleasure to go into the annual rivalry as favorites. to be outplayed for most of the contest and yet still be able to win. Fall of 1956 saw the' home team rated as slight underdogs. MSU was a potential nationa l champion many of the experts claimed. Michigan was able, however, to win the battle of statistics -only. History had repeated itself , but this time the Spartans came out ahead. The margin of victory came in the second half with a field goal and a late touchdown . Both teams played excellent football.

Many fans must have wondered whether the scheduling of the game might have affected the fina l score. It was qu ite soon after that State fell to the injury jinx.

The game itse lf was decided on two key breaks. Midway through the third quarter, Michigan had one of its passes intercepted. At 7:44 Spartan Captain John Matsko kicked a field goal to give a 3-0 margin for the visitors. The rains continued . . . The clincher came again midway through the final quarter, when MSU converted a Michigan fumble into a touchdown. It was an afternoon of frustration. Early in the game. the Blue offense had been able to move into scoring territory. A field goal attempt from the 27-yd. line by Ron Kramer went wide. Late in the first half, Michigan reached the 14-yd. line with a first down but could not score.

Michigan's lack of experienced reserves began to show in the second half. A switch in defensive tactics by Coach Hugh "Duffy" Daugherty helped to slow the multiple attack that had proved so effective the previous week against UCLA. The single wing of Coach Bennie Oosterbaan and staff was of little aid : the newly found passing talents soon were solved by the Spartan secondary.

It was from this game and the Minnesota contest later in the season, that the need for substitution became more apparent. Michigan's first team, man-for-man, probably was the strongest in the Conference, but depth in the line was creating a problem especially on defense. As the second team gained experience, more substitution became possible. But the damage had been done by the team from East Lansing. It was rather ironic that on this same Saturday two teams were playing a Rose Bowl preview.

It was Michigan's Day again. With a 48-14 rout on the warm. bright October 13 afternoon , the Cadets had been handed their worst defeat in football since 1940. For the second stra ig ht year. Michigan routed Coach Earl Bleik's light but fast squad. In 1955, Michigan had won, 26-2. The story was approximately the same, but there seemed to be a few more touchdowns.

The Wolverines had been able to shake part of the Inlury problems that hampered Terry Barr and Ron Kramer. It was Barr, in fact, who helped to break the game wide open with a total of 122 yards gained in the first half. One of the biggest plays of the day came when the talented wingback threw a "picture book" 57-yd. pass to Kramer. playing with a bad hand. There was little need for the first stringers in the second half. Army had a violent case of fumblitis with five of Michigan's scores coming as a direct result of the Cadets' distinct inability to hold onto the ball. John Herrstein was a main offensive threat at fullback. The rugged sophomore picked up a total of 88 yards on 10 rushes. One of the brightest touchdowns of the whole parade was the 60-yd. sprint by Herrnstein in the third quarter. With the score at 34-0, Oosrerbeen started to empty the bench. Then against the th ird and fourth teams, the Cadets were able to score twice.

It was interesting to note that Michigan had resorted again primarily to the single wing attack. It was obvious, however, that the multiple offense and the T·formation were in the cards.

The to p military bra ss turned out for lh e game. Army Secretary Wilbu r M. Brucker , Assisten ! Army Secr eterv Frenk H. Higg ins, end Charles S. Moll, fou nder of the Moll Fo und e fion , we re llmong d ig nita ries present. The precise ranks and unsmiling military ei r of the visiting cadets dis integrllted llt the gil me's end, e s they repid lv d ispersed for sorority open ho uses end en unregimented evening.

Northweste rn was somewhat tougher than many expected , as Michiga n was able to win only by a two-touchdown margin, 34-20. The victory against the Wild cats on October 20 was th e Wolver ines' f irst one in Big Ten compe tit ion, a nd it served its pur pose to further bloster the Blue as an offensive power. Thoug hts. however. of wea knesses in the line were clearer. Michigan had now give n up 56 points in four games. Although J ohn He rrnstei n added three touchdowns. the star of the afternoon was " litt le " Bob McKeiver. the I62-lb. Northwestern halfback . McKe iver spent the whole afternoon running through and a round th e Michigan defense for a total of 144 ya rds. He also punte d three t imes for a fine average of 47. The Wolve rine backfie ld was now showing its balance. Terry Barr and He rrnstei n were playing well. The big boost was co ming in the battle for the sta rting left halfback or tailback spot. Jim Pace had improved greatly as a defensive back; he was running better a nd his pa ssing had sha rpened conside rably with experience . At the same time, sophomore Bob Ptace k was contin uing to look good, e specially in the passing depart. Northwestern 34-20 ment. Q uarterbacks Jim Van Pelt and Jim Maddock both were hand ling their chores with more confidence . Firey Ed Shannon was a dependable aid at right half beh ind Barr, while reserve fullback Jim Byers also was helping to form a solid second team backfield. Minnesota . it seemed. should fall next .

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Sometimes footba ll games just seem meant to be lost. Michigan knew that somet hing might happen , but there wasn't to much that anyone cou ld do a bout it. Minne sota wanted to win, and win it d id that Homecoming Day at the Stadium, 20·7, before a surprised crowd of 84,600.

That will-to -win ac counted for three sec ond half touchdowns to erase a narrow 7-0 lead for Michigan that had almost been a two-touchdown marg in, The lightening-fast attack of the big Gopher team was spa rked by quarterback Bobby Cox, who called signals with such rapidity that the Maize and Blue defense never seemed to get set.

A 7-6 lead go ing into the final quarter was soon flooded under, and with the Minnesota surge, Michigan's title and Rose Bowl hopes were washed away fo r good.

The first half was mostly Michig an's, but time ran out at a cruc ial point with a first down on the Gophe r 4-yd. line. This break was one incentive enough for the visitors to str ike back with a vigor seldom seen in any ath let ic event. Mestermind of the comeback was Cox. But eve n with the " blitz attack" of the second half, the game of statist ics showed a quite even battle. On another Saturday, it could have been a diffe re nt story . , .

The setting in Iowa C ity on November 3 was ideal for a Michigan comeback. The d isheartening loss to Minnesota the weekend before left the Wolverines bo und and determined to see k a victim in unde fe ated Iowa. It was the Hawkeye Homecoming game with a rec ord crowd of 58,000. As the Saturda y be fore in Ann Arbor, the partisan and hopefu l home fa ns were sent home with the taste of a n "almost" victory.

The co ntest was as close as the score , 17-14. Michigan had to come from beh ind as it had for the last four years aga inst the Hawkeyes. And for the th ird st raight season, the offensive star of the game for Mich igan was quarterback Ji m Maddock. The climax cou ldn 't have been better for the visito rs. With only I:06 minutes remaining , third st ring right halfback Mike Shatu sky plunged over from the 2-yd. line to score the second of his two touchdowns for the day. The tall y marked a long str uggle by the Wolve rines to overcome a 14-3 ha lftime deficit. The final march late in the fourth q uarter totaled 80 yards with fullback John Herrnstein carrying much of the offensive load. Ron Kramer gave Michigan its t hree-point margin of victory with a 12. yd. fie ld goal in the first quarter and two extra poi nts.

Michigan played the game virtually without the services of Terry Barr. His substitute, Ed Shannon, at halfback also was not in top condition, so the scoring honors went to Shetusky with the help of a fresher forward line. Michigan had to substitute freely to keep from a second half slump. It worked, as Iowa slowly was worn down in the rugged play . Michigan's second team was definitely beginning to take form in a fashion that would show also later in the season.

Mainstay in the Iowa offense was quarterback Ken Ploen, who was soon to be recognized as a vital factor in Iowa's success over the whole season. Little did most people realize that afternoon that this loss to Michigan was to be Iowa's only defeat of the season. After the Wolverines, the Hawkeyes had to face the erratic Gophers of Minnesota and the always strong Buckeyes of Ohio State. The outlook was not too bright in Iowa City after Michigan, but the uncertain fortunes of football were soon to shine on Iowa for a Conference title and a Rose Bowl victory. It was rather ironic that for the second straight year Michigan was to beat the Bowl winner.

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Illinois had already pulled its major "upset" of the year against Michigan State. The Illini just did not seem to have the balance necessary to beat the Wolverines as they had in 1955, 25-6, at Champaign. This November 10 contest saw Michigan return home to win its third Conference game, 17-7. The ph ilosophy of "sweet revenge" in the athlet ic world was the reward for the Michigan team and most of the crowd of 75,500. The Ill ini backfield certainly lived up to its expectations with blistering speed. but the Wolverine defense soon caught on after the visitors had scored on their first march.

Michigan outd istanced Illinois at its own running game by a yardage total of 329-209. The three feared Ill ini backs, Abe Woodson, Harry Jefferson, and Bobby Mitchell were generally kept in check with a grand total of only 63 yards in the whole contest. Michigan was now starting to think ahead to its game with Ohio State. There was a faint Bowl hope left, too.

It was an unusual game to p lay when the most impo rt ant events were completely out of control of the Mich iga n football team. Although Michiga n was play ing its home finale aga inst Indiana before a crowd of 58.500 at the Michigan Stadium, a great deal of the interest centered at Iowa C ity and Minneapolis. The hope was that Oh io State might beat Iowa and that Michigan State could knock o ff Minne sota. But e xactly the reverse happened. Iowa won and clinched at le as t a t ie for the Big Ten title and ga ined the Rose Bowl b id. Minnesota beat MSU by a point. Michigan, meanwhile, outscored the Hoosiers, 49 -26, thi s busy November I7.

The game marked the f ina l home appearance for a talented graduating class of e nds Captain Tom Maentz, Ron Kramer. and Charlie Brooks; ta ckle AI Sigman ; guards Dick Hill and Clem Corona ; cen ter Mike Rotunno ; and backs J im Maddock, Terry Barr, and Ed Shannon .

In looking ahead, the Wolverines appeared to lose a considerable amount of st re ngth in the line for 1957. Only returning line men would be Captain-elect Jim Orwig and guard Marv Nyren . But the second team seemed to have more depth with end Gary Prahst ; tackles Dick Heynen and Jim Davies, and Willie Smith ; guard Larry Faul; and center Gene Snider all returning . In the backfield, starters Jim Van Pelt, Jim Pace , and John Herrnstei n would a ll be back . Bob Ptacek and Jim Byers completed the list of key returnees.

The Indiana game with all its distractions was still a wild offensive battle to watch . The game was broken wide open in the second quarter when the Wol ver ines poured on fo ur touchdowns. The total scoring saw six-pointers registered by Barr with three, Shannon with two , and single touchdowns by Herrnstein and Shatusky. Kramer played one of his better games, while Ptacek also was an offensive Star with a total of 151 yards ga ined via the rushing and passing routes.

The game as a whole was fairly represenlef igan football year. The Wolverines proved to on offense than previous years : but at the defense showed its lack in needed depth. The stage had now been set for a relativ game standingswise at Columbus the folio The OSU battle is a traditional Midwest athl ever, and the overall success of the season was on the line. For all practical purposes the 1956 year had very last game was soon to prove incentive

For those that were in Columbus that cold November 26 week-end after Thanksgiving, the 1956 season will probably be remembered most for the smashing defeat of Ohio State. Michigan gave the Buckeyes the beating of their lives. 19-0. before a crowd of over 82,000 that must have had nearly 10,000 Maize and Blue rooters scattered throughout the stands.

It was a grand climax for two Michigan athletes in particular. Ron Kramer, seeking to overshadow some of the unfavorable publicity that Michigan had received in losing a rugged contest to Ohio State in 1955, played one of his very best games. He was named by one of the press associations as "lineman of the week." He ended the season as a strong All-America on everybody's team.

Terry Barr also ended his steadily improving football career on a high note. Overall. it was a Michigan team victory that seemed in many ways similar to the beating that Minnesota had given Michigan earlier in the year. The main difference was that the Wolverines started and finished strong. The Buckeyes were hardly in the game from the opening whistle. The game was particularly disappointing for the partisan supporters as Coach Woody Hayes attempted to lead his squad to a third straight Conference championship or a share in the title. But the OSU offense lacked the balanced needed to move against the spirited Michigan defense. Ohio State did not have any passing attack that could pull it from behind. The Wolverines were ready for what the Buckeyes had to offer. When Ba rr sli ped into the end zone with the first touchdown ea rly in the first q uarte r, everyone seemed to sense t hat the Blue had the game pretty well in hand. Right halfbeck Terry Berr (41) outfoxes th e whole Ohio State defense on II fe st ploy to the weok side. The coffin-corner touchdown wes Bllrr's second ta lly .

1961 University of Michigan Football Season

To those of us in the stands, football constitutes one of the most colorful University activities. When the final gun goes off, however, our part in the panorama is over. Meanwhile, others are already at work preparing for the Saturday to follow. Head Coach "Bump" Elliott and his assistants, working as a team, evaluate Michigan's performance and study reports on the next opponent. In addition to these reports, game movies are viewed. This information becomes the topic of discussion at strategy meetings. New offensive plays are added and defensive patterns, designed to stop the opposition, are set up. On the practice field, during the week, these plans are incorporated into the Michigan attack. Finally, Saturday arrives. The game begins, and on the field the products of this careful planning and diligent practice are revealed.

The University of Michigan varsity football team finished the 1961 football season with a creditable 6-3 overall record. The Wolverines placed fifth in Big Ten Competition, with a 3-3 record, Coach "Bump" Elliot's best season since assuming- the Head Coach position. Led by such stalwarts as Glinka, Tunnicliff, McRae, and Raimey, Michigan's team surged on against a tough Big Ten and non-conference schedule.

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The Wolverines had more than their share of injuries this fall. The pattern of the season was set when, during pre-season practice, sophomore quarterback Forest Evashevski was injured for the season. Tackle Jon Schopf was missing from several games as was fullback Bill Tunnicliff. Center Todd Grant and Halfback Bennie McRae missed most of the Iowa game and all the Ohio State game. Several other Michigan players sat out games or couldn't play up to capacity due to injuries.

The outstanding playing of several players aided the Wolverines. Fleet halfbacks Bennie McRae and Dave Raimey ran for 950 yards. The power running of fullback Bill Tunnicliff gained another 396 yards. End Doug Bickle kicked 20 out of 23 conversion points and four out of seven field goal attempts. Many other players also gave outstanding performances. However, it takes a united team effort to win a game. Without good blocking on offense and good tackling on defense-s-without the cooperation of every player-it would be impossible to win a game. The Wolverines deserve much praise for their teamwork and fine season.

Crashing into the 1961 football season, Michigan trounced an admired UCLA squad 29-6. Two quick touchdowns in the first quarter earned Michigan 13 points while things calmed down in the second period with little action except Dave Bickle's 29-yd. field goal halfway through the quarter. During the third quarter, however, the Wolverines Hashed out for their final touchdowns grabbing a punt on the Bruin 48 and ploughing through to cross the goal line in nine plays. Five and a half minutes later, a spectacular interception and 92· yd. dash by Ken Tureaud brought the Wolverines their fourth touchdown. Only late in the final period, against the Michigan reserves, was UCLA able to gather its lone score on the strength of a fake punt play which carried them 41 yards. In a near repeat of the UCLA game, Michigan smothered Army 38·8 as five different Wolverines racked up touchdowns with two thrilling long gainers and a lot of breaks. With 3:31 gone in the second quarter, Bennie McRae streaked 47 yards for a score. The cadets rallied with excellent aerial plays, but Michigan charged back as Ed Hood returned the kickoff 42 yards into Army territory and Bill Tunnicliff ramed the ball over.

The spirit of rivalry and excitement was never higher during the football season than on that cloudy Saturday when Michigan met Michigan State on the Wolverine gridiron for sixty minutes of devastation. This year's 28·0 defeat for Michigan was the worst in six years of winless rivalry. The Wolverines were clearly stunned as the Spartans scored in the first five minutes of the game and exploded through the half with a 21·0 lead. Fumbles played a key role in the Michigan defeat as they lost the ball three times due to bobbles. The second half saw a valiant effort by Michigan foiled as they drove 63 yards to the Spartan one but failed to score. The breaks were again against Michigan in the second quarter when Jeff Smith recovered Pete Smith's fumble on the MSU 36 and Bennie McRae scrambled 23 yards for a touchdown disqualified by an illegal motion penalty.

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Balancing Michigan's Big Ten record at 1-1 and raising them to fifth place in the Big Ten Standings, the Wolverines snagged a stubborn Purdue team 16-14 before 66,805 Homercoming fans. Taking to the air, Bennie McRae maneuvered six passes for 144 yards, one of which sparked his 72-yard touchdown run in the second half. Later, McRae took Glinka's pass across the center of the field and gave the Wolverines a 16-7 lead after Doug Bickle's perfect placement. But though Homecoming was happy, the following week's encounter with Minnesota disappointed many ffans by the tragic last minute failure of the Wolverines to re-capture the coveted Little Brown Jug. Michigan dominated the first three quarters of the game and entered the final period of play with a 20·8 lead. But a determined fourth quarter comback by the Minnesota squad, combined with a tragic Wol· verine fumble, secured a 23-20 victory for the Gophers. With less than a minute and a half in the game, the Minnesota fullback bucked over the right side of a sturdy Michigan line on fourth down for the winning touchdown.

Against Duke, the Wolverines chalked up a halftime lead of 21-0 then slumped in the second half allowing the Duke eleven to score the first time they got the ball and to move to the Michigan 7 the next. Here the Wolverines tightened up and managed to score the clinching touchdown a few plays later. Outstanding in the game was Bennie McRae who sped across the gridiron to make three touchdowns. After the handoff to Dave Rainley, quarterback Glinka move out with guard Lee Hall to eliminate any defensive interference from oncoming Duke.

Michigan' defense in general and center Frank Maloney in particular were very ueees Iul in breaking up pa rec ptions. P Aul Raeder reaches to catch a pa in the opening game against U.C.LA. The senior fullback proved to be a great asset to the team throughout the season.

The second "battle between the brothers"-went to Coach Bump Elliot's Wolverines over the Illini, coached by Bump's brother Pete, with a smashing score of 38-6. It was an all-Michigan game with the Maize and Blue sweeping the field, piling up an awesome total of 309 yards rushing against the Illini's meager 55. Illinois only penetrated Michigan territory four times, one of which came on a fourth quarter fumble that led to their only score. With a heavier line and the skill of Dave Raimey and Bennie McRae, the Wolverines had a field day.

The victory over Iowa, which insured this to be Coach Elliot's best season, began with a discouraging first half during which four key players were injured and Iowa took an early 14-3 lead. But it turned into a Michigan triumph as the Wolverines staged a mighty second half rally scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter and one in the final period. Quarterback Dave Glinka, halfback Dave Raimey and end Bob Brown each scored a touchdown in the second half which, with Doug Bickle's 4O-yard field goal, totaled a 23·14 victory for Michigan and the fourth straight defeat for the Hawkeyes.

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It was an unhappy ending for an otherwise satisfactory season for the Michigan Wolverines as they reeled under the 50-20 point blow dealt them by Ohio State in the final game of the year. A battered Michigan squad (14 of the 22 regulars were injured) was easy fare for the healthy heavy Ohio team with the huge Buckeye fullhack, Bob Ferguson, who alone racked up 152 yards and four touchdowns. But the Michigan team fought valiantly for the first three quarters, their injuries hurting more on defense than offense as the score indicates.

Why Coach Woody Hayes found it necessary to keep his first string in against the wobbly Wolverines to the tune of 30 points is a question which disgruntled many fans, but that the Buckeyes played a fine game is indisputable. Of the ten times they had the ball, they struck paydirt seven with three touchdowns in the first half and four in the second.

Front Row: Todd Grant, Bennie McRae, Frank Maloney, Athletic Director, H. O. Crisler, Captain George Mans, Head Coach Chalmers Elliot, Bob Brown, John Stamos, Paul Raeder.
Second Row: Ronald Spacht, Guy Curtis, William Hornbeck, James Korowin, Bill Dougan, Lee Hall, Ken Tureaud, John Walker.
Third Row: Richard Szymanski, Jim Zubkus, Jeff Smith, Willard Stawski, Paul Schmidt, Jon Schopf, Scott Maentz, Bill Tunnicliff, Ed Hood.
Fourth Row: Trainer Jim Hunt, John Minko, Delbert Nolan, David Kurtz, Dave Glinka. Dave Raimey, Bob Chandler, Manager Richard AseL Back Row: Doug Bickle, Thomas Keating, John Lehr, James Ward, John Houtman. Harvey Chapman, Tom Prichard, Dave Slezak.

Michigan 29 UCLA 6
Michigan 38 Army 8
Michigan 0 Michigan State 28
Michigan 16 Purdue 14
Michigan 20 Minnesota 23
Michigan 28 Duke 14
Michigan 38 Illinois 6
Michigan 23 Iowa 14
Michigan 20 Ohio State 50

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