2014 Michigan Wolverines football team

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2014 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Block M.png
Conference Big Ten Conference
East Division
2014 record 5–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Brady Hoke (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison (4th year)
Base defense 4–3
MVP Jake Ryan
Captain Devin Gardner (5th year)
Captain Jake Ryan (5th year)
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
(Capacity: 109,901)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#5 Ohio State x^   8 0         12 1  
#7 Michigan State   7 1         10 2  
Maryland   4 4         7 5  
Rutgers   3 5         7 5  
Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Penn State   2 6         6 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
West
#17 Wisconsin x   7 1         10 3  
#25 Nebraska   5 3         9 3  
Minnesota   5 3         8 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Illinois   3 5         6 6  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
^ – College Football Playoff participant
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of December 7, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 135 in reference to the 135-year tradition of the Michigan football program,[1][2] was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolverines played in the new East Division of the Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The team was led by head coach Brady Hoke, who was in his fourth and final season. Michigan compiled a 5–7 record, including 3–5 in conference play. This marked the first season since 2009, and only the third season since 1975, in which Michigan missed a bowl game.

Preseason[edit]

The 2013 team compiled a 7–6 record under third-year head coach Brady Hoke and faced Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, losing 31–14.

Hoke announced that the quarterback position was an open battle prior to spring practice, notably including 5th-year senior Devin Gardner and sophomore Shane Morris,[3] and later named Gardner the starter on August 12.[4] On February 12, Michigan announced that tight end Jake Butt suffered a torn ACL and would miss all of spring practice.[5] On March 20, Michigan announced that center Graham Glasgow would be suspended for a portion of spring practice and the season opener against Appalachian State for a violation of team rules stemming from a drunk driving arrest.[6][7] On June 10, Michigan announced that running back Ty Isaac was transferring to the team from USC,[8] but the NCAA denied his request for a waiver to play for Michigan immediately, forcing him to redshirt the 2014 season.[9]

Michigan returned 15 starters from the 2013 team. Michigan lost starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, offensive tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield, safety Thomas Gordon, defensive tackles Jibreel Black and Quinton Washington, kicker Brendan Gibbons, and long snapper Jareth Glanda to graduation.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

Michigan's recruiting class consisted of 16 recruits. Jabrill Peppers was the considered highlight of the class;.[10] he was ranked as the third overall recruit in the country by 247's composite rankings, which averages the rankings of Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and 247.[11]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ian Bunting
TE
Hinsdale, Illinois Hinsdale Central H.S. 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) -- Apr 23, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Juwan Bushell-Beatty
OL
Paramus, New Jersey Paramus Catholic H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 295 lb (134 kg) -- Apr 28, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Freddy Canteen
WR
Elkton, Maryland Eastern Christian Academy 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 4.43 Jun 29, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Mason Cole
OL
Tarpon Springs, Florida East Lake H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) -- Feb 25, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Michael Ferns
LB
St. Clairsville, Ohio St. Clairsville H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) -- Aug 9, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Noah Furbush
LB
Kenton, Ohio Kenton H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 233 lb (106 kg) -- Jul 1, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Drake Harris
WR
Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids Christian H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.4 Apr 14, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Lawrence Marshall
DE
Southfield, Michigan Southfield H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) -- May 11, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Bryan Mone
DT
Salt Lake City, Utah Highland H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 315 lb (143 kg) -- Feb 12, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Brady Pallante
DT
Naples, Florida Barron Collier H.S. 6 ft 0.75 in (1.85 m) 262.5 lb (119.1 kg) 4.975 Apr 5, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jabrill Peppers
DB
Paramus, New Jersey Paramus Catholic H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) -- May 26, 2013 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Wilton Speight
QB
Richmond, Virginia The Collegiate School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.7 Feb 6, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Jared Wangler
LB
Warren, Michigan De La Salle H.S. 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.51 Aug 9, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Brandon Watson
DB
Elkton, Maryland Eastern Christian Maryland 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187.5 lb (85.0 kg) 4.5 Jun 29, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Mauriece Ways
WR
Beverly Hills, Michigan Detroit Country Day 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) -- Apr 25, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Chase Winovich
LB
Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania Thomas Jefferson H.S. 6 ft 3.5 in (1.92 m) 217 lb (98 kg) -- Jun 1, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 27   Rivals: 31  247Sports: 20  ESPN: 18
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Rankings[edit]

Michigan began the season unranked in either the AP Poll or the Coaches' Poll, but did receive votes in both polls.[12] Michigan received votes in both polls after its victory over Appalachian State,[13] but following its loss to Notre Dame it did not receive any votes in the AP Poll.[14] After week three, Michigan did not receive votes in either poll.[15]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches' RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released
  • Source: ESPN.com: 2014 NCAA Football Rankings[16]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:00 PM Appalachian State* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN2 W 52–14   106,811[17]
September 6 7:30 PM at #16/15 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC L 0–31   80,795[18]
September 13 3:30 PM Miami (OH)* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 34–10   102,824[19]
September 20 3:30 PM Utah* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC/ESPN2 L 10–26   103,890[20]
September 27 3:30 PM Minnesota Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) ABC/ESPN2 L 14–30   102,926[21]
October 4 7:00 PM at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN L 24–26   53,327[22]
October 11 7:00 PM Penn State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN2 W 18–13   113,085[23]
October 25 3:30 PM at #8/5 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC L 11–35   76,331[24]
November 1 3:30 PM Indianadagger Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 34–10   103,111[25]
November 8 3:30 PM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2 W 10–9   42,429[26]
November 22 3:30 PM Maryland Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI BTN L 16–23   101,717[27]
November 29 12:00 PM at #7/7 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 28–42   108,610[28]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time. Source:[29].

Radio[edit]

Radio coverage for all games will be broadcast statewide on The Michigan Wolverines Football Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The radio announcers are Jim Brandstatter with play-by-play, Dan Dierdorf with color commentary, and Doug Karsch with sideline reports.[30] Frank Beckmann retired after the 2013 season after 32 years as Michigan's play-by-play announcer.[31]

Game notes[edit]

vs. Appalachian State[edit]

Appalachian State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 0 7 7 14
Wolverines 14 21 14 3 52
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
0–1 September 1, 2007 Appalachian State, 34–32

To open the season, Michigan faced the Appalachian State Mountaineers. During the previous meeting, Appalachian State became the first football championship subdivision (FCS) team to defeat a top 25 football bowl subdivision (FBS) team, defeating Michigan 34–32 in a massive upset.[33] Prior to the game, Michigan announced that Devin Funchess would wear the #1 jersey, making him the first player to wear the #1 jersey since Braylon Edwards in 2004.[34]

Michigan dominated the game, winning 52–14.[35] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Funchess, and expanded its lead late in the first quarter with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Funchess. In the second quarter, Gardner threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Funchess giving Michigan a 21–0 lead. Michigan then scored 14 points in 38 seconds via a 12-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith and a 32-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown by Ben Gedeon giving Michigan a 35–0 lead at halftime. Michigan extended its lead in the third quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Derrick Green before Appalachian State responded with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kameron Bryant to Simms McElfresh. Michigan responded with a 13-yard touchdown run from Smith, making the score 49–7 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Appalachian State reduced Michigan's lead to 35 points via one-yard touchdown run from Marcus Cox, but Michigan ended the scoring via an 18-yard field goal from Matt Wile.[36]

Michigan's captains for the game were Brennen Beyer, Frank Clark, Gardner, Desmond Morgan, and Jake Ryan. Freshman Mason Cole became the first true freshman in Michigan football history to start the season opener on the offensive line. Michigan scored 35 or more points in a half for the first time since the 2013 season opener against Central Michigan and scored more than 50 points in a game for the second consecutive season opener. Gardner completed 13 of 14 pass attempts for 173 yards and three touchdowns, with all three of those touchdowns being thrown to Funchess. Funchess's seven receptions matched a career high, and his three touchdown receptions set a new career high. Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith each rushed for more than 100 yards—Green had 15 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown, while Smith had eight carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns—with both setting career highs for rushing yardage. This was the first game since 2007 that two Michigan running backs each had over 100 rushing yards, when Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown each rushed for over 100 yards against Minnesota. Ben Gedeon recorded his first career touchdown when returning a blocked punt in the second quarter. It was Michigan's first blocked punt return for a touchdown since the season opener against Central Michigan in 2013. Morgan and James Ross III led Michigan's defense with six tackles each, while Dymonte Thomas, Joe Bolden, and Ondre Pipkins each recorded a career high five tackles.[37]


at Notre Dame[edit]

Michigan at Notre Dame
(Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry game)
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0 0 0 0 0
#16 Fighting Irish 7 14 7 3 31
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
24–16–1 September 7, 2013 Michigan, 41–30

Following its game against Appalachian State, Michigan visited the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This was the final game in the rivalry before it went on a hiatus.[39] Michigan won the previous meeting 41–30.[40]

Notre Dame shut out Michigan for the first time in series history, winning 31–0.[41] Notre Dame opened the scoring in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Cam McDaniel, and then added to its lead in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Amir Carlisle. Shortly before halftime, Notre Dame made it 21–0 with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Golson to Will Fuller. In the third quarter, Notre Dame added to its lead with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Golson to Fuller, and then ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza.[42]

This was the first time Michigan had been shut out since 1984 when it lost to Iowa 26–0, and it snapped an NCAA record of most consecutive games in which Michigan had scored a point at 365 games.[39][43] Devin Funchess caught a career high nine passes in the game, while Jake Ryan tied a career high with eleven tackles. Jake Butt returned from his ACL injury to play for the first time this season. The captains for the game were Blake Countess, Will Hagerup, Joe Kerridge, and Raymon Taylor. Michigan's record against Notre Dame dropped to 24–17–1 with the loss.[44]

vs. Miami (OH)[edit]

Miami (OH) at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Redhawks 0 10 0 0 10
Wolverines 10 7 7 10 34
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:42 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 102,824
  • Game weather: High 50s, Partly cloudy, WNW 15 MPH
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins, Marcus Ray, Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
5–0 September 6, 2008 Michigan, 16–6

Following the game against Notre Dame, Michigan hosted the Miami (OH) Redhawks. This was the first meeting between the two teams since 2008, which Michigan won 16–6.[46]

Michigan won the game 34–10.[47] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal from Matt Wile and added to its lead with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Amara Darboh. Miami responded with ten points of its own in the second quarter to tie the game at ten with those points coming via a 26-yard field goal from Kaleb Patterson and a three-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Hendrix to Dawan Scott. Michigan regained the lead before halftime via a Derrick Green one-yard touchdown run, which made the score 17–10 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added to its lead in the third quarter via a 29-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Jake Butt, and then increased its lead in the fourth quarter to 21 points via a 12-yard touchdown run from Green. Michigan ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Wile.[48]

Michigan's defense held Miami to 33 rushing yards, the lowest amount since Michigan allowed 32 rushing yards to Bowling Green in 2010. Derrick Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, the first multi-touchdown performance of his career. Darboh had eight receptions for 88 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown. Jourdan Lewis intercepted a pass in the first quarter; this was Michigan's first forced turnover of the season. Jabrill Peppers recorded a career high three tackles.[49] The announced attendance of 102,824 pushed Michigan's streak of consecutive games with more than 100,000 fans in attendance to 253, but was Michigan's lowest attendance since a matchup against Memphis in 1995 that drew a crowd of 100,862.[50]

vs. Utah[edit]

Utah at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 3 10 7 6 26
Wolverines 3 7 0 0 10
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:36 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11 (with a 2:24 weather delay)
  • Game attendance: 103,890
  • Game weather: High 70s, Cloudy with rain, SW 15–25 MPH
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–1 August 30, 2008 Utah, 25–23

Following its game against Miami, Michigan faced the Utah Utes. This was the first meeting since 2008, which Utah won 25–23.[52]

Utah defeated Michigan 26–10 in a game that featured an almost two-and-a-half hour weather delay.[53] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a Matt Wile 42-yard field goal, but Utah responded with a 35-yard field goal from Andy Phillips. Utah then took the lead in the second quarter via a Kaelin Clay 66-yard punt return for a touchdown, but Michigan tied the game via a Willie Henry seven-yard interception return for a touchdown. Utah then took the lead for good right before halftime via a 38-yard field goal from Phillips. In the third quarter, Utah extended its lead via a 28-yard pass from Travis Wilson to Dres Anderson. Utah ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with two Phillips field goals from 48 and 50 yards.[54]

The weather delay was Michigan Stadium's first since 2011 against Western Michigan. The loss ended Michigan's 17-game winning streak against non-conference opponents at home, which dated back to 2008, and was Michigan's first loss at home in the month of September since 2007. Michigan's defense held Utah to three rushing yards in the first half. Jake Ryan led Michigan's defense with three tackles. Michigan's captains for the game were Anthony Capatina, Sione Houma, Jack Miller, and Mario Ojemudia.[55]


vs. Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at Michigan
(Little Brown Jug)
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 10 17 3 30
Wolverines 0 7 0 7 14
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:35 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 102,926
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Sunny, NE 15–20 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
73–24–3 October 5, 2013 Michigan, 42–13

After its game against Utah, Michigan faced the Minnesota Golden Gophers in its conference opener. In the previous meeting, Michigan dominated Minnesota and won by a score of 42–13.[57]

Minnesota dominated Michigan, winning 30–14.[58] After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring early in the second quarter via a 10-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Minnesota responded with a 10-yard touchdown run from Mitch Leidner and then took a 10–7 lead into halftime via a Ryan Santoso 24-yard field goal as time expired. In the third quarter, Minnesota extended its lead via a 48-yard field goal from Santoso, a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown from De'Vondre Campbell, and a one-yard touchdown pass from Leidner to Maxx Williams, which made the score 27–7 in favor of Minnesota after three quarters. Minnesota further extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 25-yard field goal form Santoso before Michigan ended the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run from Devin Gardner.[59]

The loss was Michigan's first to Minnesota since the 2005 season. Michigan also saw a streak of eight consecutive wins in Big Ten openers end. Minnesota outgained Michigan 373–171 in total yardage. Devin Funchess extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 18 games. Will Hagerup punted eight times for a total of 400 yards.[60] The loss meant that for the first time in the 135-year history of Michigan football, a Michigan team had lost three games before the month of October.[61]

During the game, Michigan quarterback Shane Morris suffered a concussion but stayed in for another play. After having been removed for one play, he was re-inserted for one play after Gardner lost his helmet and was forced to sit out a play. The Michigan coaching staff and training staff came under fire for not removing Morris immediately after he suffered the concussion. Michigan originally stated that Morris only had a high ankle sprain, but reversed course in a statement from athletic director Dave Brandon and admitted that Morris had indeed suffered a concussion. Following the release of the statement, students held a protest on campus calling for either the resignation or firing of Brandon for his role in both this situation and for other past actions.[62]

at Rutgers[edit]

Michigan at Rutgers
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 3 14 0 7 24
Scarlet Knights 6 13 0 7 26
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
0–0 First meeting

After facing Minnesota, Michigan traveled to New Jersey to face Rutgers, one of the newest members of the Big Ten Conference. This was the first meeting between the schools.

Rutgers defeated Michigan by a score of 26–24.[64] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 39-yard field goal from Matt Wile, but Rutgers responded with two Kyle Federico field goals (from 35 and 45 yards) to take a 6–3 lead. Michigan regained the lead in the second quarter via a Devin Gardner four-yard touchdown run, but Rutgers responded with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Gary Nova to Andrew Turzilli. The resulting extra point was blocked, giving Rutgers a 12–10 lead. Michigan regained the lead via a one-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith, but Rutgers responded shortly before halftime with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Nova to John Tsimis, which made the score 19–17 in favor of Rutgers at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Rutgers increased its lead to nine points via a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nova to Turzilli. Michigan responded with a 19-yard touchdown run from Devin Gardner but could not overcome the resulting two-point deficit.[65]

Michigan fell to 0–2 in conference play for the first time since 1967.[66] Rutgers became the only team in the Big Ten Conference to which Michigan has a losing record. Taco Charlton made the first start of his career. Devin Funchess has now recorded a reception in 19 consecutive games, while Jehu Chesson has caught a pass in eight consecutive games. Michigan's captains for the game were Devin Gardner, Jack Miller, Matt Wile, and Jarrod Wilson[67]

vs. Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 6 7 0 0 13
Wolverines 7 3 3 5 18
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 7:05 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 113,085
  • Game weather: Mid 50s, Clear and cool, NW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Dave Witvoet
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
10–7 October 12, 2013 Penn State, 43–40 (4OT)

Following its game against Rutgers, Michigan returned to Ann Arbor to face the Penn State Nittany Lions. In the previous meeting, Penn State won by a score of 43–40 in quadruple overtime.[69] The game was the first in-conference night game in Michigan Stadium's history.[70]

Michigan on offense during the game against Penn State

Michigan defeated Penn State by a score of 18–13.[71] Penn State opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 35-yard field goal from Sam Ficken, but Michigan responded with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess. Penn State cut Michigan's lead to one point late in the first quarter with a 32-yard field goal from Ficken. Penn State took the lead in the second quarter via a ten-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to DaeSean Hamilton, but Michigan responded with a 45-yard field goal from Matt Wile, making the score 13–10 in favor of Penn State at halftime. Michigan scored all of the points in the second half. Michigan tied the game in the third quarter via a 42-yard field goal from Wile and then took the lead in the fourth quarter via a 37-yard field goal from Wile, which gave Michigan a 16–13 lead. Michigan scored the final points of the game on a safety when Penn State deliberately committed a safety in order to attempt to regain better field position for a potential game-winning drive. Penn State appeared to recover the ensuing onside kick but a controversial offside penalty forced Penn State to re-kick and Michigan recovered the kickoff, which ended the game.[72][73]

Michigan improved its record to 3–0 when playing night games at Michigan Stadium. Michigan improved to 16–16 in the red zone. For the fifth time this season, Michigan's defense held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing. Gardner passed both Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh and moved into sixth place on Michigan's all-time passing yardage list with 5,543 yards. Matt Wile's three field goals marked a new career high for him in field goals made in one game. Dennis Norfleet set a Michigan record for overall kick return yardage, as he increased his total to 2,029 yards from kick returns. Michigan's six sacks were the most Michigan has recorded in a game since Michigan played Utah in 2008. The safety in the fourth quarter was Michigan's first since 2011 against Ohio State. Michigan's captains for the game were Justice Hayes, Joe Kerridge, Jake Ryan, and Jarrod Wilson.[70]


at Michigan State[edit]

Michigan at Michigan State
(Paul Bunyan Trophy)
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0 3 0 8 11
#8 Spartans 7 7 14 7 35
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Spartan Stadium
    East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 3:36 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 76,331
  • Game weather: 68ºF, Sunny, W 20 MPH
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (ABC): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
68–33–5 November 2, 2013 Michigan State, 29–6

Following its clash with Penn State and a bye week, Michigan traveled to East Lansing to face its in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans. This was the second straight year Michigan faces Michigan State at Michigan State. Michigan was dominated in the previous meeting, losing 29–6.[75]

Michigan State dominated Michigan, winning 35–11.[76] Michigan State opened the scoring in the first quarter with a two-yard touchdown run from Jeremy Langford. Michigan responded in the second quarter with a 48-yard field goal from Matt Wile, but Michigan State expanded its lead shortly before halftime with a one-yard touchdown run from Langford. In the third quarter, Michigan State expanded its lead via a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown from RJ Williamson and a 70-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett. Michigan reduced Michigan State's lead to 11 points in the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith and a successful two-point conversion via a pass from Devin Gardner to Jake Butt, but Michigan State scored the final points of the game near the end of the fourth quarter via a five-yard touchdown run from Langford, his third of the game.[77]

Michigan's captains for the game were Brennen Beyer, Gardner, Delote Hollowell, and Raymon Taylor. Wile's 48-yard field goal was a season long for him. Michigan's defense recovered two fumbles.[78]

vs. Indiana[edit]

Indiana at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 0 0 3 7 10
Wolverines 10 7 7 10 34
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:42 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 103,111
  • Game weather: Low 40s, Partly cloudy, N 20–30 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason & Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
52–9 October 19, 2013 Michigan, 63–47

After its trip to East Lansing, Michigan hosted the Indiana Hoosiers. This was the second meeting in a row played at Michigan Stadium between the two teams. Michigan won the previous meeting 63–47.[80] Michigan announced prior to the game that tight end Jake Butt would be suspended for the game because of a violation of team rules.[81]

Michigan dominated Indiana, winning 34–10.[82] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 35-yard field goal from Matt Wile and expanded its lead to ten points later in the first quarter via a six-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Keith Heitzman. Michigan added another touchdown in the second quarter via a 12-yard pass from Gardner to Amara Darboh, which made the score 17–0 in favor of Michigan at halftime. Indiana scored the first points of the third quarter via a 38-yard field goal from Griffin Oaks, but Michigan responded with a ten-yard touchdown run from Drake Johnson. Michigan expanded its lead to 20 via a 23-yard field goal from Matt Wile in the fourth quarter, Indiana cut Michigan's lead back to 17 points via a three-yard touchdown run from D'Angelo Roberts. Michigan scored the final points of the game via a 16-yard touchdown run from Johnson.[83]

Michigan's captains for the game were Joe Bolden, Joe Kerridge, and Jarrod Wilson. Michigan has now won 19 consecutive games against Indiana, which dates back to 1988, and is also 12–1 against Indiana when facing Indiana as a homecoming opponent. Michigan improved its homecoming record to 87–27. Michigan's run defense held Indiana to 167 yards rushing; Indiana was averaging 289.9 yards per game on the ground prior to the game. Michigan's defense also only allowed 24 yards passing, which was the fewest allowed since Michigan allowed 15 passing yards against Rice in 1999. Heitzman's touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career touchdown. Darboh set career highs for receptions (9) and yards (107), while Johnson set career highs in rushing attempts (16), yards (122), and touchdowns (2).[84]

at Northwestern[edit]

Michigan at Northwestern
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0 0 7 3 10
Wildcats 0 0 0 9 9
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 3:35 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 42,429
  • Game weather: 45ºF, Partly sunny, WNW 18 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
54–15–2 November 16, 2013 Michigan, 27–19 (3OT)

Following its game against Indiana, Michigan traveled to Evanston for the second consecutive year to face the Northwestern Wildcats. Michigan won the previous meeting 27–19 in triple overtime.[86]

Michigan won a turnover filled game 10–9, stopping Northwestern's attempted go-ahead two-point conversion with three seconds remaining in the game.[87] After a turnover filled first half during which Michigan had a field goal attempt blocked, Michigan opened the scoring in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Northwestern reduced Michigan's lead to four points in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard field goal from Jack Mitchell, but Michigan regained its seven-point lead with a 37-yard field goal from Matt Wile. Northwestern responded with a three-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to Toby Jones with three seconds remaining in the game, but the ensuing two-point conversion in an attempt to win the game in regulation was unsuccessful when Frank Clark's pressure caused Trevor Siemian to slip on the wet grass. Michigan recovered the ensuing onside kick and won the game.[88]

Michigan's captains for the game were Brennen Beyer, Blake Countess, Amara Darboh, and Jack Miller. Michigan held Northwestern to a total of 12 rushing yards. Jake Ryan recorded his first career interception during the game. Michigan won its fourth game in a row against Northwestern.[89]

vs. Maryland[edit]

Maryland at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 9 0 14 23
Wolverines 3 6 7 0 16
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:42 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 101,717
  • Game weather: Mid 40s, Overcast and misty, SW 10–20 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins & Chuck Long
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
3–0 September 29, 1990 Michigan, 45–17

After its game against Northwestern and another bye week, Michigan played its final home game of the season against Maryland, one of the newest members of the Big Ten Conference. This was the first meeting between the schools since 1990, which Michigan won 45–17.[91]

Maryland defeated Michigan, winning 23–16.[92] The teams traded field goals throughout the first half. Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal from Matt Wile. Maryland responded in the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal from Brad Craddock. Michigan regained the lead with a 33-yard field goal from Wile, but Maryland tied the game with a 41-yard field goal from Craddock and gained the lead with a 21-yard field goal from Craddock. Michigan tied the game as time expired in the first half with a 26-yard field goal from Wile, which made the score 9–9 at halftime. Michigan regained the lead in the third quarter via a 15-yard touchdown run from Devin Gardner, but Maryland tied the game in the fourth quarter via an eight-yard touchdown run from C.J. Brown and then took the lead for good with a one-yard touchdown run from Wes Brown.[93]

Michigan's streak of consecutive games with over 100,000 was extended to 258, but it was Michigan's lowest attended game since the game against Memphis in 1995. Michigan's captains were Brennen Beyer, Gardner, Jake Ryan, and Raymon Taylor. Michigan held its opponent without a score in the first quarter for the third consecutive game. Joe Bolden and Ryan both set career highs with 14 tackles each. Joe Kerridge set a career long rush of 52 yards during a successful fake punt attempt in the first quarter.[94]


at Ohio State[edit]

Michigan at Ohio State
(The Game)
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 7 7 7 7 28
Buckeyes 7 7 14 14 42
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
58–46–6 November 30, 2013 Ohio State, 42–41

To end the regular season, Michigan faced its arch-rival Ohio State in the 111th meeting of "The Game". Ohio State won the previous edition 42–41, with Michigan missing a two-point conversion attempt that would have made the score 43–42 in favor of Michigan with 32 seconds remaining in the game.[96]


Depth chart[edit]

Starters and backups against Appalachian State.[97]


Defense


FS
Jarrod Wilson
AJ Pearson


WLB MLB SLB
Joe Bolden Jake Ryan Royce Jenkins-Stone
Desmond Morgan Desmond Morgan James Ross III
Ben Gedeon Mike McCray Allen Gant
SS
Jeremy Clark
Dymonte Thomas
CB
Blake Countess
Channing Stribling


DE DT DT DE
Brennen Beyer Ryan Glasgow Willie Henry Frank Clark
Taco Charlton Ondre Pipkins Matt Godin Mario Ojemudia
CB
Raymon Taylor
Jourdan Lewis
Offense
WR
Devin Funchess
Amara Darboh
LT LG C RG RT
Mason Cole Erik Magnuson Jack Miller Joey Burzynski Ben Braden
Erik Magnuson Kyle Bosch Patrick Kugler Kyle Kalis Logan Tuley-Tillman
TE
A.J. Williams
Khalid Hill
WR
Jehu Chesson
Freddy Canteen
QB
Devin Gardner
Shane Morris
RB
Derrick Green
De'Veon Smith
Justice Hayes
FB
Joe Kerridge
Sione Houma
Special Teams
PK Matt Wile
PK Kenny Allen
P Will Hagerup
KR Dennis Norfleet/Justice Hayes
PR Jabrill Peppers
LS Scott Sypniewski
H Kenny Allen


Roster[edit]

2014 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Funchess, DevinDevin Funchess Jr
WR 3 Dever, BoBo Dever RFr
RB 4 Smith, DeveonDeveon Smith So
RB 5 Hayes, JusticeJustice Hayes Jr
QB 6 Cleary, BrianBrian Cleary So
QB 7 Morris, ShaneShane Morris So
QB 8 Bellomy, RussellRussell Bellomy Jr
WR 10 Jones, Da'MarioDa'Mario Jones RFr
QB 13 Swieca, AlexAlex Swieca Jr
WR 14 Harris, DrakeDrake Harris Fr
QB 15 Moores, GarrettGarrett Moores RFr
WR 16 Wangler, JackJack Wangler RFr
WR 17 Canteen, FreddyFreddy Canteen Fr
RB 18 Whitfield, AntonioAntonio Whitfield So
QB 19 Speight, WiltonWilton Speight Fr
RB 20 Johnson, DrakeDrake Johnson So
RB 23 Norfleet, DennisDennis Norfleet Jr
RB 27 Green, DerrickDerrick Green So
RB 29 Douglass, RossRoss Douglass RFr
RB 32 Isaac, TyTy Isaac So
RB 33 Shallman, WyattWyatt Shallman RFr
FB 36 Kerridge, JoeJoe Kerridge Jr
FB 37 Henderson, BobbyBobby Henderson So
FB 39 Houma, SioneSione Houma Jr
WR 41 Capatina, AnthonyAnthony Capatina Sr
TE 42 Esterline, DylanDylan Esterline Sr
TE 46 Grace, ClarkClark Grace So
WR 49 Anlauf, BradBrad Anlauf So
RB 51 Froelich, GregGreg Froelich RFr
OL 52 Cole, MasonMason Cole Fr
OL 55 Dawson, DavidDavid Dawson RFr
OL 56 Burzynski, JoeyJoey Burzynski Sr
OL 57 Kugler, PatrickPatrick Kugler RFr
OL 58 Bryant, ChrisChris Bryant Jr
OL 60 Miller, JackJack Miller Jr
OL 61 Glasgow, GrahamGraham Glasgow Jr
OL 62 Bars, BlakeBlake Bars So
OL 63 Pliska, BenBen Pliska So
OL 65 Bosch, KyleKyle Bosch So
OL 66 Liesman, DanDan Liesman So
OL 67 Kalis, KyleKyle Kalis RSo
OL 71 Braden, BenBen Braden So
OL 72 Tuley-Tillman, LoganLogan Tuley-Tillman RFr
OL 73 Fox, ChrisChris Fox RFr
OL 74 Samuelson, DanDan Samuelson RFr
OL 76 Bushell-Beatty, JuwanJuwan Bushell-Beatty Fr
OL 78 Magnuson, ErikErik Magnuson So
TE 80 Hill, KhalidKhalid Hill RFr
WR 82 Darboh, AmaraAmara Darboh Jr
WR 83 Dukes, JaronJaron Dukes RFr
TE 84 Williams, A.J.A.J. Williams Jr
WR 85 Ways, MauriceMaurice Ways Fr
WR 86 Chesson, JehuJehu Chesson So
TE 88 Butt, JakeJake Butt So
WR 89 Keizer, JonathanJonathan Keizer Jr
TE 91 Mitropoulos-Rundus, AlexAlex Mitropoulos-Rundus Jr
TE 92 Heitzman, KeithKeith Heitzman Jr
TE 94 Bunting, IanIan Bunting Fr
TE 95 Jocz, MichaelMichael Jocz So
QB 98 Gardner, DevinDevin Gardner Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Countess, BlakeBlake Countess RJr
DB 5 Peppers, JabrillJabrill Peppers Fr
DB 6 Taylor, RaymonRaymon Taylor Sr
DT 7 Poggi, HenryHenry Poggi RFr
DB 8 Stribling, ChanningChanning Stribling So
LB 9 McCray, MikeMike McCray RFr
DB 12 Gant, AllenAllen Gant So
CB 13 Richardson, TerryTerry Richardson Jr
LB 15 Ross, JamesJames Ross Jr
LB 19 Wangler, JaredJared Wangler Fr
S 22 Wilson, JarrodJarrod Wilson Jr
DB 24 Hollowell, DelonteDelonte Hollowell Sr
S 25 Thomas, DymonteDymonte Thomas So
DB 26 Lewis, JourdanJourdan Lewis So
DB 28 Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson Fr
DB 30 Dawson, ReonReon Dawson RFr
LB 30 Benda, NickNick Benda So
S 32 Austin, ShaunShaun Austin So
DE 33 Charlton, TacoTaco Charlton So
S 34 Clark, JeremyJeremy Clark So
LB 35 Bolden, JoeJoe Bolden Jr
DB 36 Pearson, AJAJ Pearson So
DB 38 Montbrun, FrancoisFrancois Montbrun Fr
LB 42 Gedeon, BenBen Gedeon So
DE 43 Wormley, ChristopherChristopher Wormley So
DB 44 Hill, DelanoDelano Hill So
DB 46 Hewlett, JoeJoe Hewlett Fr
LB 51 Ferns, MichaelMichael Ferns Fr
LB 47 Ryan, JakeJake Ryan RSr
LB 48 Morgan, DesmondDesmond Morgan Sr
CB 49 Dalimonte, AnthonyAnthony Dalimonte RFr
DE 50 Strobel, TomTom Strobel So
LB 52 Jenkins-Stone, RoyceRoyce Jenkins-Stone Jr
DE 53 Ojemudia, MarioMario Ojemudia Jr
DT 54 Pallante, BradyBrady Pallante Fr
DL 55 Miller, GarrettGarrett Miller RFr
DT 56 Pipkins, OndreOndre Pipkins Jr
LB 57 Clark, FrankFrank Clark Sr
LB 58 Winovich, ChaseChase Winovich Fr
LB 59 Furbush, NoahNoah Furbush Fr
LB 64 Wroblewski, MichaelMichael Wroblewski Fr
LB 66 Liesman, DanDan Liesman So
DT 69 Henry, WillieWillie Henry So
DT 73 Hurst, Jr., MauriceMaurice Hurst, Jr. RFr
DT 90 Mone, BryanBryan Mone Fr
DE 93 Marshall, LawrenceLawrence Marshall Fr
DL 96 Glasgow, RyanRyan Glasgow So
DE 97 Beyer, BrennenBrennen Beyer Sr
DE 99 Godin, MattMatt Godin So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 40 Hagerup, WillWill Hagerup RSr
LS 43 Sypniewski, ScottScott Sypniewski RFr
PK 45 Wile, MattMatt Wile Sr
P 91 Allen, KennethKenneth Allen So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Doug Nussmeier (Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks)
  • Greg Mattison (Defensive coordinator / linebackers)
  • Dan Ferrigno (Tight ends / special teams)
  • Darrell Funk (Offensive line)
  • Jeff Hecklinski (Wide receivers)
  • Fred Jackson (Running backs)
  • Curt Mallory (Safties)
  • Roy Manning (Cornerbacks)
  • Mark Smith (Defensive line)
  • Kevin Koger (Offensive graduate assistant)
  • Michael Switzer (Offensive graduate assistant)
  • Ernie Lawson (Defensive graduate assistant)
  • Jerry Milling (Defensive graduate assistant)
  • Aaron Wellman (Strength and conditioning)[98][99]

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: February 26, 2014

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