1973 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1973 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1973 record 10–0–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (5th year)
Defensive coordinator Gary Moeller (1st year)
MVP Paul Seal
Captain Dave Gallagher
Captain Paul Seal
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »
1973 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1973 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1973 college football season. In his fifth year as Michigan's head coach, Bo Schembechler led the team to a 10–0–1 record. It was Michigan's first undefeated season since 1948. The Wolverines outscored their opponents 330 to 68. Michigan was ranked #6 in both post-season polls.

The season ended with a 10-10 tie against Ohio State. Both teams entered undefeated, with the winner guaranteed a trip to the Rose Bowl. When the game ended in a tie, the Big Ten athletic directors voted in a secret ballot to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan athletic officials and fans were outraged, and Schembechler argued that Michigan was robbed of its on-field achievements. For months afterward, Ohio State newspapers were flooded with angry Wolverine letters and threats of lawsuits.

On offense, the team was led by quarterback Dennis Franklin who completed 36 of 67 passes for 534 yards and rushed 101 times for 425 yards. Four Michigan running backs, Ed Shuttlesworth, Chuck Heater, Gil Chapman, and Gordon Bell, combined for 2,417 rushing yards. Shuttlesworth, Franklin, wing back Clint Haslerig, and offensive guard Mike Hoban were all selected as All-Big Ten Conference players.

On defense, the Wolverines held opponents to 68 points, an average of 6.2 points per game. Defensive tackle Dave Gallagher and cornerback Dave Brown were both selected as first-team All-Americans. Middle linebacker Steve Strinko led the team with 77 total tackles and 108 total tackles.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15, 1973 at Iowa #5/NA Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31–7   52,105
September 22, 1973 Stanford* #5/6 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 47–10   80,177
September 29, 1973 Navy* #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–0   88,042
October 6, 1973 Oregon* #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–0   81,113
October 13, 1973 at Michigan State #5/4 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 21–0   78,263
October 20, 1973 Wisconsindagger #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–6   87,723
October 27, 1973 at Minnesota #4/4 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34–7   44,435
November 3, 1973 Indiana #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–13   76,432
November 10, 1973 Illinois #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–6   76,461
November 17, 1973 at Purdue #4/4 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 34–9   56,485
November 24, 1973 #1/1 Ohio State #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 10–10   105,223
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 10 7 7 7 31
Iowa 0 7 0 0 7

[1]


Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 0 0 3 7 10
• Michigan 21 13 7 6 47

[2]


Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 0 14 0 10 24
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Larry Cipa made his first career start in place of the injured Dennis Franklin, who missed the game due to a broken index finger suffered in practice during the week. [3]


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 0 0 6 6
• Michigan 7 14 7 7 35

[4]


Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Ed Shuttlesworth 193 745 3.9 9 15
Chuck Heater 114 666 5.8 6 71
Gil Chapman 111 542 4.9 6 53
Gordon Bell 88 475 5.3 4 24
Dennis Franklin 101 425 4.2 6 49

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Dennis Franklin 67 36 5 53.7 534 14.8 4 46
Larry Cipa 35 13 2 37.1 163 12.5 1 36

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Paul Seal 14 254 18.1 3 46
Clint Haslerig 13 210 16.1 1 41

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 6 133 22.2 0 28
Clint Haslerig 6 127 21.2 0 31
Chuck Heater 4 84 21.0 0 28

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 13 179 13.8 1 83
Tom Drake 9 139 15.4 0 54
David Brown 14 125 8.9 1 53

Tackles[edit]

Player Tac Ast Tot PBU FR
Steve Strinko 77 31 108 1 2
Carl Russ 40 26 66 3 1
Dave Gallagher 37 22 59 9 1
David Brown 39 16 55 3 1
Don Dufek 38 17 55 5 1

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franklin Aids Michigan, 31-7." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sept 16.
  2. ^ "Michigan Crushes Stanford, 47-10." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sept 23.
  3. ^ "Reserve Sparks Michigan." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Oct 7.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Oct 21.

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