1979 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1979 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Gator Bowl, L 17–15 vs. North Carolina
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 18
1979 record 8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (11th year)
MVP Ron Simpkins
Captain John Arbeznik
Captain Ron Simpkins
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1979 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Roster[edit]

1979 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 22 Clayton, RalphRalph Clayton Sr
C 59 Lilja, GeorgeGeorge Lilja Jr
TE 80 Marsh, DougDoug Marsh Sr
T 76 Paris, BubbaBubba Paris So
G 67 Powers, JohnJohn Powers Jr
RB 24 Woolfolk, ButchButch Woolfolk So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 41 Cannavino, AndyAndy Cannavino Jr
DT 95 Greer, CurtisCurtis Greer Sr
S 4 Harden, MikeMike Harden Sr
CB 16 Jolly, MikeMike Jolly Sr
LB 53 Owens, MelMel Owens Jr
LB 40 Simpkins, RonRon Simpkins Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 Northwestern No. 7/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 49–7   100,790
September 15 No. 9/11 Notre Dame* No. 6/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 12–10   105,111
September 22 Kansas* No. 11/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–7   103,698
September 29 at California* No. 11/13 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 14–10   57,000
October 6 at No. 16/18 Michigan State No. 11/12 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 21–7   79,311
October 13 Minnesota No. 11/11 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) W 31–21   104,677
October 20 at Illinois No. 11/11 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Series) W 27–7   43,370
October 27 Indianadagger No. 10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 27–21   104,832
November 3 Wisconsin No. 10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–0   104,952
November 10 at No. 14/15 Purdue No. 10/10 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 24–21   69,829
November 17 No. 2/3 Ohio State No. 13/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC L 18–15   106,255
December 28 vs. North Carolina* No. 14/14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC L 17–15   70,407
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 7 7
• Michigan 21 14 14 0 49

[1]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 0 7 7 21
Michigan St 0 0 7 0 7

[2]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 0 14 0 7 21
Michigan 7 0 14 6 27

[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 9.
  2. ^ "Michigan Tops Spartans as Carter Scores TD." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 7.
  3. ^ "Carter's Last-Second Touchdown Catch Lifts Wolverines." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 27.

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