1978 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1978 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 10–17 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 5
AP No. 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 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Michigan State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
#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

The 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1978 Big Ten Conference 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 Illinois No. 4/4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Series) W 31–0   104,102
September 23 at No. 14/14 Notre Dame* No. 5/5 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) ABC W 28–14   59,075
September 30 Duke* No. 4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,832
October 7 Arizona* No. 3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–17   104,913
October 14 Michigan State No. 5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) L 15–24   105,132
October 21 at Wisconsin No. 9/9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 42–0   80,024
October 28 Minnesotadagger No. 8/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) W 42–10   105,308
November 4 at Iowa No. 8/9 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–0   49,120
November 11 at Northwestern No. 7/7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 59–14   27,013
November 18 No. 15/16 Purdue No. 7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–6   105,410
November 25 at No. 16/14 Ohio State No. 6/6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC W 14–3   88,358
January 1, 1979 vs. No. 3/3 USC* No. 5/5 Rose Bowl StadiumPasadena, 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 summaries[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

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