1988 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1988 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 22–14 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
1988 record 9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (20th year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Moeller (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Lloyd Carr (2nd year)
MVP Mark Messner
Captain Mark Messner
Captain John Vitale
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the first of five consecutive Big Ten Championships.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10, 1988 at #13/11 Notre Dame* #9/10 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 17–19   59,075
September 17, 1988 #1/1 Miami (FL)* #15/16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 30–31   105,834
September 24, 1988 Wake Forest* #19/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 19–9   102,776
October 1, 1988 at Wisconsin #19/19 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 62–14   61,180
October 8, 1988 Michigan State #17/20 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 17–3   106,208
October 15, 1988 at Iowa #15/17 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA T 17–17   67,700
October 22, 1988 #14/14 Indianadagger #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–6   106,104
October 29, 1988 at Northwestern #14/14 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52–7   33,647
November 5, 1988 3:30 PM Minnesota #14/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 22–7   102,171
November 12, 1988 3:30 PM Illinois #13/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–9   105,714
November 19, 1988 at Ohio State #12/11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 34–31   90,176
January 1, 1989 vs. #5/5 USC* #11/11 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 22–14   101,688
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Wake Forest[edit]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 10 10 0 14 34
Ohio State 0 0 14 17 31

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Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

  • Tony Boles - started 10 games at tailback (team's leading rusher in 1988 with 1,408 yards)
  • Demetrius Brown - started 3 games at quarterback (48 of 84 for 775 passing yards)
  • Jeffrey Brown - started 11 games at tight end
  • Jarrod Bunch - started 5 games at fullback
  • Chris Calloway - started 5 games at flanker and 1 game at split end (led team with 4 touchdown catches)
  • Dave Chester - started 2 games at left guard
  • Dean Dingman - started 12 games at right guard
  • Tom Dohring - started 10 games at left tackle
  • Leroy Hoard - started 6 games at fullback and 1 game at tailback (team's second leading rusher in 1988 with 752 yards)
  • Chris Horn - started 1 game at fullback
  • Mike Husar - started 10 games at left guard and 2 games at left tackle
  • John Kolesar - started 7 games at flanker (team's second leading receiver with 18 catches for 356 yards)
  • Greg McMurtry - started 10 games at split end (team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 470 yards)
  • Greg Skrepenak - started 12 games at right tackle
  • Michael Taylor - started 9 games at quarterback (65 for 122 for 957 passing yards)
  • John Vitale - started 12 games at center
  • Derrick Walker - started 1 game at tight end and 1 game at split end
  • Tracy Williams - started 1 game at tailback

Defense[edit]

  • Bobby Abrams - started 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Erick Anderson - started 6 games at inside linebacker (led team with 77 tackles)
  • David Arnold - started 10 games at cornerback
  • Mike Evans - started 1 game at defensive tackle
  • J. J. Grant - started 9 games at inside linebacker (tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • John Hermann - started 2 games at defensive tackle
  • David Key - started 12 games at cornerback (fifth on the team with 63 tackles)
  • Alex Marshall - started 9 games at outside linebacker
  • Mark Messner - started 12 games at defensive tackle (fourth on the team with 70 tackles)
  • Anthony Mitchell - started 1 game at outside linebacker
  • Vada Murray - started 12 games at free safety (second on team with 4 interceptions)
  • T. J. Osman - started 12 games at middle guard
  • Todd Plate - started 2 games at cornerback
  • Marc Spencer - started 3 games at inside linebacker
  • Tripp Welborne - started 12 games at strong safety (led team with five interceptions; tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • Brent White - started 9 games at defensive tackle
  • Tim Williams - started 2 games at outside linebacker

Special teams[edit]

  • Tony Boles - kick off returns (14 returns for an average of 24.1 yards)
  • Mike Gillette - placekicker (18 of 27 on field goals) and punter (46 punts for an average of 39.9 yards)
  • Gulam Khan - placekicker (0 for 1 on field goals)
  • John Kolesar - kickoff returns (13 returns for an average of 23.5 yards); punt returns (17 returns for an average of 11.9 yards)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • All-Americans: Mark Messner, John Vitale
  • All-Conference: Mark Messner, John Vitale, Mike Husar, John Kolesar, Tony Boles, Mike Gillette, David Arnold
  • Most Valuable Player: Mark Messner
  • Meyer Morton Award: John Vitale
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tripp Welborne
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Warde Manuel
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: David Weil
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mark Messner
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Mark Messner
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: John Kolesar

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. 2010-01-05. p. 68. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  2. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  3. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1988 Nov 20.

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