1978 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1978 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 17–10 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
1978 record 10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (10th year)
MVP Rick Leach
Captain Russell Davis
Captain Jerry Meter
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16, 1978 Illinois #4/4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 31–0   104,102
September 23, 1978 at #14/14 Notre Dame* #5/5 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ABC W 28–14   59,075
September 30, 1978 Duke* #4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,832
October 7, 1978 Arizona* #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–17   104,913
October 14, 1978 Michigan State #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 15–24   105,132
October 21, 1978 at Wisconsin #9/9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 42–0   80,024
October 28, 1978 Minnesotadagger #8/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–10   105,308
November 4, 1978 at Iowa #8/9 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–0   49,120
November 11, 1978 at Northwestern #7/7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 59–14   27,013
November 18, 1978 #15/16 Purdue #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–6   105,410
November 25, 1978 at #16/14 Ohio State #6/6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 14–3   88,358
January 1, 1979 vs. #3/3 USC* #5/5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 10–17   105,629
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 7 14 28
Notre Dame 7 7 0 0 14

[1]


Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 7 17 14 14 52
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game attendance: 104,832

[2]


Arizona[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Michigan's only conference loss of the season.

Wisconsin[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Purdue[edit]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 0 7 0 14
Ohio St 3 0 0 0 3

Michigan held Ohio State without a touchdown for the third straight year. [3]


Rose Bowl[edit]

Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

  • Gene Bell, safety, junior, East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Norm Betts, outside linebacker - tight end, freshman, Midland, Michigan
  • Mark Braman, defensive back, senior, Midland, Michigan - started 10 games at strong-side cornerback
  • Gasper Calandrino, defensive back, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Andy Cannavino, inside linebacker, sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio - started 6 games at inside linebacker
  • Mark DeSantis, outside linebacker, senior, Harper Woods, Michigan - started 4 games at inside linebacker
  • Gerald Diggs, defensive back, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Chris Godfrey, defensive tackle, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 6 games at defensive tackle
  • Curtis Greer, defensive tackle, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • Mike Harden, defensive back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at safety
  • Stuart Harris, defensive back, sophomore, Chagrin Falls, Ohio - started 2 games at safety
  • Robert K. Holloway, outside linebacker, senior, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • James N. Humphries, middle guard, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Tony Jackson, defensive back, freshman, Cleveland, Ohio
  • William Jackson, defensive tackle, senior, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mike Jolly, defensive back, junior, Melvindale, Michigan
  • Dale Keitz, middle guard - defensive tackle, senior, Columbus, Ohio - started all 12 games (6 at middle guard, 6 at defensive tackle)
  • Tom Keller, outside linebacker, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Timothy Malinak, inside linebacker, senior, Flemington, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas A. Melita, middle guard, senior, Penns Grove, New Jersey
  • Jerry Meter, inside linebacker, senior, Birmingham, Michigan - started all 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Dan Murray, wolf, junior, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Ben Needham, outside linebacker, sophomore, Groveport, Ohio - started 2 games at outside linebacker
  • Mel Owens, inside linebacker, junior, DeKalb, Illinois - started 2 games at inside linebacker
  • Tom Seabron, outside linebacker, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at outside linebacker
  • Ron Simpkins, inside linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at inside linebacker
  • Mike Trgovac, middle guard, sophomore, Austintown, Ohio - started 6 games at middle guard
  • Gary Weber, defensive tackle, junior, Matawan, New Jersey

Kickers[edit]

Awards[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan Goes to the Air and the Irish to 0-2." Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Sept 24.
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1978 Oct 1.
  3. ^ "Michigan's 'Tenacity' Pays Off." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 26.
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/l/leachri01.shtml

External links[edit]