1974 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1974 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #3
1974 record 10–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Gary Moeller (2nd year)
MVP Steve Strinko
Captain Dave Brown
Captain Dennis Franklin
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1973 1975 »
1974 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1974 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1974 college football season. In his sixth year as Michigan's head coach, Bo Schembechler led the team to a 10–1 record. The Wolverines outscored their opponents 324 to 75. Michigan was ranked #3 in final AP Poll of the 1974 season.

Michigan won the first ten games of the 1974 season in convincing fashion, including blowout victories over Colorado (31-0), Navy (52-0), Minnesota (49-0), and Purdue (51-0). In the final game of the season, #3 Michigan faced #2 Ohio State. The Wolverines lost by a score of 12-10. Place-kicker Mike Lantry missed a last-minute field goal that would have given Michigan a victory.

On offense, the team was led by quarterback Dennis Franklin who completed 58 of 104 passes for 933 yards and rushed 108 times for 209 yards. Three Michigan running backs combined for 2,510 rushing yards. Gordon Bell led the way with 1,048 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Rob Lytle added 802 rushing yards, and Chuck Heater 660 yards. Center Dennis Franks and end Dan Jilek were selected as All-Big Ten Conference players.

On defense, the Wolverines held opponents to 75 points, an average of 6.8 points per game. Cornerback Dave Brown was selected as first-team All-American for the second straight year. Five Wolverine defenders were selected for the All-Big Ten Conference team, including Brown, middle linebacker Steve Strinko, wolfman Don Dufek, left tackle Jeff Perlinger, and middle guard Tim Davis. Strinko led the team in total tackles for the second consecutive year and was selected as the team's most valuable player.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14, 1974 Iowa #6/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 24–7   76,802
September 21, 1974 Colorado* #6/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–0   91,203
September 28, 1974 Navy* #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,232
October 5, 1974 at Stanford* #4/3 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–16   52,500
October 12, 1974 Michigan State #4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–7   104,682
October 19, 1974 at Wisconsin #3/2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 24–20   78,911
October 26, 1974 Minnesotadagger #3/2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–0   96,284
November 2, 1974 at Indiana #3/2 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–7   32,873
November 9, 1974 at Illinois #4/2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 14–6   60,670
November 16, 1974 Purdue #3/2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 51–0   88,902
November 23, 1974 at #4/3 Ohio State #3/2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 10–12   88,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Season summary[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Iowa at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan 14 0 7 3 24

[1]


Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0
• Michigan 7 7 7 13 34

[2]


Navy[edit]

Stanford[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
• Michigan 3 21 17 10 51

[3]


Ohio State[edit]

Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Gordon Bell 174 1048 6.0 11
Rob Lytle 140 802 5.7 2
Chuck Heater 153 660 4.3 7
Dennis Franklin 108 290 2.7 5

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Dennis Franklin 104 58 5 55.8 933 16.1 8 52
Mark Elzinga 21 5 0 23.8 104 20.8 2 36

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Smith 21 392 18.7 4 52
Gil Chapman 23 378 16.4 3 48
Greg DenBoer 8 103 12.9 2 26
Rob Lytle 4 65 16.3 1 36

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 12 231 19.3 0 30

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Dave Brown 20 212 10.6 1 88
Gil Chapman 12 91 7.6 0 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1974 September 15. Retrieved 2012-12-4.
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1974 Sept 22.
  3. ^ "Wolverines breeze by Purdue, 51-0." Eugene Register-Guard. 1974 Nov 17.

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