1969 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1969 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 10–3 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #9
1969 record 8–3 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Jim Young (1st year)
MVP Jim Mandich
Captain Jim Mandich
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1968 1970 »
1969 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/5 Ohio State § 6 1 0     8 1 0
#9/8 Michigan § 6 1 0     8 3 0
#18/18 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 4 3 0     4 5 1
Iowa 3 4 0     5 5 0
Indiana 3 4 0     4 6 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     3 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 0     3 7 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1969 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1969 college football season. In their first year under head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 Big Ten), played in the 1970 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #9 in the final AP poll and #8 in the final UPI poll.

The 1969 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game was considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history, as Ohio State came into the game with an 8-0 record, a 22-game winning streak and the #1 ranking in the polls. Michigan defeated Ohio State 24-12 in front of a crowd of 103,588 at Michigan Stadium to win the Big Ten Conference's berth in the Rose Bowl. The game was also the first in a series that came to be known as "The Ten-Year War," a 10-year span during which Michigan under Bo Schembechler battled Ohio State under Woody Hayes, under whom Schembechler had served as both a player at Miami University and an assistant coach at Ohio State. Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup.

Bo Schembechler suffered a heart attack the night before the 1970 Rose Bowl game against an undefeated USC team. The Wolverines lost the Rose Bowl in a defensive struggle by a score of 10-3.

Team captain and tight end Jim Mandich was selected as the 1969 team's most valuable player and as a first-team All-American. Defensive back Tom Curtis was also selected as a first-team All-American, and seven members of the team, including Dan Dierdorf, received first-team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore tailback Billy Taylor was the team's leading rusher and an All-Big Ten honoree. Thirteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football, and four players (Mandich, Curtis, Dierdorf and offensive guard Reggie McKenzie) were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20, 1969 Vanderbilt* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 42–14   70,183
September 27, 1969 Washington* #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 45–7   49,684
October 4, 1969 #9/9 Missouri* #13/11 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 17–40   64,476
October 11, 1969 #9/9 Purdue Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–20   80,411
October 18, 1969 at Michigan State #13/14 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 12–23   79,368
October 25, 1969 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 35–9   44,028
November 1, 1969 Wisconsindagger #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–7   60,438
November 8, 1969 at Illinois #18/13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 57–0   35,270
November 15, 1969 at Iowa #14/15 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 51–6   45,981
November 22, 1969 #1/1 Ohio State #12/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 24–12   103,588
January 1, 1970 vs. #5/4 USC* #7/8 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 3–10   103,878
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

In Bo Schembechler's first game as head coach and Michigan's first game against Vanderbilt since 1923, Don Moorhead scored a pair of touchdowns as a fourth quarter surge helped the Wolverines crush their non-conference foe, 42–14.[1]

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 0 7 0 7
• Michigan 6 6 12 21 45

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Missouri[edit]


Purdue[edit]


Wisconsin[edit]

Billy Taylor ran 37 and 51 yards for touchdowns in the first quarter and Barry Pierson added a 51-yard punt return in the second as Michigan overwhelmed Wisconsin in front of a wet, homecoming crowd. Taylor, playing in place of the injured Glenn Doughty, ran for 143 of Michigan's 183 rushing yards in the first half.[4]


Iowa[edit]


Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 6 6 0 0 12
Michigan 7 17 0 0 24

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Rose Bowl[edit]


Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, sophomore, Chesaning, Michigan
  • Richard W. Brown, middle guard, senior, Auburn, Michigan
  • Al Carpenter, defensive end, sophomore, Flint, Michigan - started 1 game at offensive right guard
  • Dana Coin, defensive end and place-kicker,[10] sophomore, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Tom Curtis (No. 25), defensive back, senior, Aurora, Ohio - started all 11 games at safety
  • Thom Darden (No. 35), defensive back, sophomore, Sandusky, Ohio - started 10 games at wolfman (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Bruce Elliott, defensive back, sophomore, Indianapolis, Indiana - started 1 game at right halfback
  • Alan Francis, middle guard, senior, Euclid, Ohio
  • Fred Grambau (No. 92), defensive tackle, sophomore, Ossineke, Michigan - started all 11 games at left defensive tackle (also started 2 games at left tackle on offense)
  • Frank Gusich, defensive back, sophomore, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started 1 game at wolfman
  • Brian Healy (No. 24), defensive back, senior, Sandusky, Ohio - started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 2 games at right halfback on offense)
  • Henry Hill (No. 39), middle guard, junior, Detroit - started all 11 games at middle guard (also started 2 games at left guard and 1 at right guard on offense)
  • Marty Huff (No. 70), linebacker, junior, Toledo, Ohio - started all 11 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right tackle and 1 at left halfback on offense)
  • Joseph M. Jones, linebacker, senior, Evanston, Illinois
  • Mike Keller (No. 90), defensive end, sophomore, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started all 11 games at left defensive end (also started 2 games at left end on offense)
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, junior, Alliance, Ohio
  • Edward M. Moore (No. 97), linebacker, junior, Youngstown, Ohio - started 10 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right end on offense)
  • Pete Newell (No. 82), defensive tackle, junior, Park Ridge, Illinois - started all 11 games at right defensive tackle (also started 2 games at center and 1 at right tackle on offense)
  • Daniel Parks, defensive tackle, junior, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Barry Pierson (No. 29), defensive back, senior, St. Ignace, Michigan - started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Cecil Pryor (No. 55), defensive end, senior, Corpus Christi, Texas - started all 11 games at right defensive end (also started 1 game at left end and 1 at right end on offense)
  • Thomas Takach, defensive end, senior, Detroit
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, sophomore, Detroit - started 1 game at linebacker
  • Timothy Wadhams,[11] defensive back, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mark Werner, defensive back, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Robert E. White, defensive back, senior, Middleville, Michigan
  • George Zuganellis, linebacker, senior, Chicago

Awards and honors[edit]

1969 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1970 NFL Draft.[12]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim Mandich Tight End 2 29 Miami Dolphins
Cecil Pryor Defensive End 5 120 Green Bay Packers
Barry Pierson Defensive Back 5 127 St. Louis Cardinals

Eighteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974-1975), Tom Curtis (Baltimore Colts, 1970-1971), Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972-1981), Dan Dierdorf (St. Louis Cardinals, 1971-1983), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972-1979), Fred Grambau (Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes);[13][14] Marty Huff (San Francisco 49ers, 1972; Edmonton Eskimos, 1973; Charlotte Hornets, 1974-1975), Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Jim Mandich (Miami Dolphins, 1970-1977; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978), Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972-1982; Seattle Seahawks, 1983-1984), Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974-1975), Pete Newell (BC Lions, 1971);[15] Cecil Pryor (Memphis Southmen),[16] Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972); Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973-1977), Paul Staroba (Cleveland Browns, 1972; Green Bay Packers, 1973), Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), and Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972-73). Mandich was the starting tight end for the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins who won Super Bowl VII. Dierdorf and McKenzie would later be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Statistics[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Billy Taylor 141 864 6.1 7
Glenn Doughty 150 732 4.9 4
Don Moorhead 170 625 3.7 9
Garvie Craw 117 344 2.9 12

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Don Moorhead 210 99 7 47.1 1261 12.7 6 22
Jim Betts 33 16 0 48.5 293 18.3 2 59

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Mandich 51 676 13.3 3 32
Bill Harris 15 302 20.1 0 59
Mike Hankwitz 13 165 12.7 0 26
Paul Staroba 12 141 11.8 0 15

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Glenn Doughty 10 199 19.9 0 31
Billy Taylor 5 109 21.8 0 44
Preston Henry 6 83 13.8 0 23

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Barry Pierson 19 300 15.8 1 60
Marty Huff 1 31 31.0 1 31
Tom Curtis 11 21 1.9 0 12

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eugene Register Guard. 21 Sept 1969.
  2. ^ "Michigan crushes Huskies." Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Sept 28.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Oct 12.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Nov 2.
  5. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  6. ^ "Rose-Bound Michigan Dethrones Ohio State." Palm Beach Post. 1969 Nov 23.
  7. ^ "Guard Baumgartner plans California trip". The Michigan Daily. November 6, 1968. 
  8. ^ Harpring's son, Matt Harpring, played 12 years in the NBA.
  9. ^ "Bay County Sports Hall of Fame: Tom Huiskens brought passion to football field at Bay City Central, University of Michigan". Mlive.com. August 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Coin set the NCAA record in 1971 with 55 consecutive extra points without a miss. He also broke the Michigan record for longest field goal with a 42-yard field goal against Arizona in 1970.
  11. ^ Wadhams later became the CEO of Masco, a Fortune 400 company. See here.
  12. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  13. ^ "Grambau Signs". The Robesonian. March 12, 1976. 
  14. ^ "Awards race at a glance". Edmonton Journal. October 23, 1974. 
  15. ^ CFLpedia
  16. ^ "Former U-M Gridder, Board Member Pryor Passes Away". University of Michigan. October 20, 2005. 
  17. ^ Elliot Legow (October 15, 1969). "Freshman football key to varsity Success". The Michigan Daily. 

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