1975 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1975 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Orange Bowl, L 14–6 vs. Oklahoma
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #8
1975 record 8–2–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (7th year)
Defensive coordinator Gary Moeller (3rd year)
MVP Gordon Bell
Captain Don Dufek Jr.
Captain Kirk Lewis
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1974 1976 »
1975 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#8/8 Michigan 7 1 0     8 2 2
Michigan State 4 4 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Iowa 3 5 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 6 1     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1975 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1975 college football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

The defense stopped Archie Griffin's NCAA record 31-game 100-yard rushing game streak.[1]

The November 8 game against Purdue was historic in that it was the first game of a streak in which 100,000 or more fans attended a game at Michigan Stadium, one which continues to this day.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13, 1975 at Wisconsin #2/NA Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 23–6   79,022
September 20, 1975 Stanford* #2/3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI T 19–19   92,304
September 27, 1975 Baylor* #9/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 14–14   104,248
October 4, 1975 #5/5 Missouri* #12/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–7   104,578
October 11, 1975 at #15/16 Michigan State #8/8 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 16–6   79,776
October 18, 1975 Northwestern #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 69–0   86,201
October 25, 1975 Indianadagger #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 55–7   93,857
November 1, 1975 at Minnesota #7/7 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 28–21   33,191
November 8, 1975 Purdue #6/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–0   102,415
November 15, 1975 at Illinois #4/4 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 21–15   45,077
November 22, 1975 #1/1 Ohio State #4/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 14–21   105,543
January 1, 1976 vs. #3/3 Oklahoma* #5/5 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 6–14   76,799
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 10 3 10 23
Wisconsin 3 3 0 0 6

[2]



Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 6 0 0 13 19
Michigan 0 7 6 6 19
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game attendance: 92,304

[4]


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 6 0 10 16
Michigan State 3 0 3 0 6

[5]


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan 14 20 14 7 55

[6]


Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

  • John Anderson, defensive end, sophomore, Waukesha, Wisconsin - started 1 game at right defensive end
  • Jim Bolden, defensive back, junior, Akron, Ohio - started 11 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Philip J. Brumbaugh, defensive back, senior, Greenville, Ohio
  • Tim Davis, middle guard, senior, Warren, Ohio - started 11 games at middle guard
  • David Devich, linebacker, senior, Highland, Indiana - started all 12 games at middle linebacker
  • Don Dufek, wolfman, senior, East Grand Rapids, Michigan - started all 12 games at wolfman
  • John Hennessy, defensive tackle, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at left defensive tackle, 1 at right defensive tackle
  • Dwight Hicks, safety, sophomore, Pennsauken, New Jersey - started 10 games at safety
  • Bill Hoban, defensive tackle, senior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Michael G. Holmes, defensive end, senior, Akron, Ohio - started 10 games at right defensive end, 1 at left defensive end
  • Derek Howard, defensive back, sophomore, Hamilton, Ohio - started 1 game at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Dan Jilek, defensive end, senior, Sterling Heights, Michigan - started all 12 games (11 at left defensive end, 1 at right defensive end)
  • Kurt Kampe III, defensive back, senior, Defiance, Ohio
  • Richard A. Koschalk, middle guard, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started 1 game at middle guard
  • Bob Lang, middle guard, junior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rex Mackall, linebacker, sophomore, Berea, Ohio
  • Greg Morton, defensive tackle, junior, Akron, Ohio - started 10 games at right defensive tackle, 1 at left defensive tackle
  • Calvin O'Neal, linebacker, junior, Saginaw, Michigan - started all 12 games at wide linebacker
  • Jeff Perlinger, defensive tackle, senior, Crystal, Minnesota - started 8 games at left defensive tackle
  • Eric Phelps, defensive end, sophomore, Salem, New Hampshire
  • Jim Pickens, safety, sophomore, Sylvania, Ohio - started all 12 games (11 at strong-side defensive halfback, 1 at safety)
  • Charles D. Randolph, defensive tackle, senior, Amelia, Ohio
  • Tom Seabron, defensive end - tight end, freshman, Detroit, Michigan
  • Michael Strabley, linebacker, junior, Massillon, Ohio
  • Greg Strinko, defensive end, senior, Middletown, Ohio
  • Jerry Vogele, linebacker, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dave Whiteford, safety, junior, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Jerry Zuver, safety, junior, Archbold, Ohio - started 1 game at strong-side defensive halfback

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional football[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Gordon Bell Running Back 4 104 New York Giants
Dan Jilek Linebacker 4 109 Buffalo Bills
Don Dufek Defensive Back 5 126 Seattle Seahawks
Steve King Tackle 5 129 New York Jets
Jim Czirr Center 9 252 Denver Broncos
Jeff Perlinger Defensive End 10 268 San Diego Chargers

[7]

Coaching staff[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Gordon Bell 273 1390 5.1 13
Rob Lytle 193 1030 5.3 10
Rick Leach 113 552 4.9 5

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Rick Leach 100 32 12 32.0 680 21.3 3 83
Mark Elzinga 23 8 3 34.8 133 16.6 1 28

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Smith 24 553 23.0 4 83
Keith Johnson 6 130 21.7 0 29

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gordon Bell 9 227 25.2 0 64

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jim Smith 26 210 8.1 0 50
Dwight Hicks 9 63 7.0 0 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Division I Football Records Book: Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 13. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Bell Triggers Michigan With 210 Yards Rushing." Palm Beach Post. 1975 Sept 14.
  3. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  4. ^ "Langford's boot gives Cards tie." Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Sept 21.
  5. ^ "Michigan Stops Spartans, 16-6." Palm Beach Post. 12 Oct 1975.
  6. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 26.
  7. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm

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