1995 Michigan Wolverines football team
|1995 Michigan Wolverines football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1995 record||9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Lloyd Carr (1st year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Fred Jackson (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Greg Mattison (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium
|1995 Big Ten football standings|
|#8 Northwestern $||8||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#6 Ohio State||7||–||1||–||0||11||–||2||–||0|
|#13 Penn State||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
The 1995 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.
|August 26||12:00 p.m.||No. 17/16 Virginia*||No. 14/12||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Pigskin Classic)||ABC||W 18–17||101,444|
|September 2||3:30 p.m.||at No. 25/24 Illinois||No. 13/12||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, Il (Rivalry)||ABC||W 38–14||70,193|
|September 9||12:30 p.m.||Memphis*||No. 11/9||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||W 24–7||100,862|
|September 16||6:30 p.m.||at Boston College*||No. 11/9||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA||ESPN||W 23–13||44,500|
|September 30||12:30 p.m.||Miami (OH)*||No. 8/8||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||PASS||W 38–19||104,484|
|October 7||12:30 p.m.||No. 25/NR Northwestern||No. 7/7||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||ESPN||L 13–19||104,642|
|October 21||12:00 p.m.||at Indiana||No. 10/10||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||ESPN+||W 34–17||44,623|
|October 28||3:30 p.m.||Minnesota||No. 9/9||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug)||ABC||W 52–17||104,929|
|November 4||3:30 p.m.||at Michigan State||No. 7/7||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||ABC||L 25–28||74,667|
|November 11||12:00 p.m.||Purdue||No. 13/15||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||ESPN||W 5–0||103,721|
|November 18||12:00 p.m.||at No. 19/21 Penn State||No. 12/14||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA||ABC||L 17–27||96,677|
|November 25||12:00 p.m.||No. 2/2 Ohio State||No. 18/20||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (The Game)||ABC||W 31–23||106,288|
|December 28||7:00 p.m.||vs. No. 19/18 Texas A&M*||No. 14/14||Alamodome • San Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl)||ESPN||L 20–22||64,597|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
The team earned the fifth of six 1990s Big Ten rushing defense statistical championships for all games by holding opponents to 93.2 yards per game. The team also earned the fifth of five consecutive and six 1990s Big Ten rushing defense statistical championships for conference games by holding opponents to 88.1 yards per game. The team led the conference in total defense for conference games (314.5) and all games (284.8). The loss against Northwestern ended a streak of 19 consecutive wins in the series.
Tim Biakabutuka set the following records: single-season rushing attempts (303), eclipsing Jamie Morris' eight-year-old record and broken five years later by Anthony Thomas; and single-season rushing yards (1818), also eclipsing an eight-year-old record by Morris, but currently still standing. His November 25 single-game 313-yard performance in the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry game remains second to Ron Johnson's 347-yard 1967 performance.
Mercury Hayes had a 7-reception 179-yard performance culminating in a game-winning, fourth down, time expired 15-yard touchdown catch on August 26, 1995, from Scott Dreisbach to seal an 18–17 win against Virginia in Michigan's greatest comeback, a record that stood for eight years until 2003, when the Wolverines pulled off a 21-point comeback against Minnesota. Dreisbach's 52-pass attempts surpassed the school record by Dick Vidmer of 47 set in 1967. The 372 yards gained broke Todd Collins' 1994 record of 352. Tom Brady would surpass the both records in 1998. Later in the season against Michigan State, Dreisbach became 9th Michigan passer to accumulate 4 touchdown passes in a game, a record which has been matched but not broken. The reception was recorded against University of Virginia Cavaliers defensive backs Ronde Barber and Paul London in the Pigskin Classic to complete what was at the time the largest comeback in Michigan Football history (17 points) in Lloyd Carr's coaching debut. The game constituted one of the two wildest finishes in Michigan Football history according to ESPN.
Awards and honors
- Co-captains: Jarrett Irons, Joe Marinaro
- All-Americans: Jason Horn, Jon Runyan
- All-Conference: Jason Horn, Jarrett Irons, Jon Runyan, Clarence Thompson, Charles Woodson, Rod Payne
- Most Valuable Player: Tshimanga Biakabutuka
- Meyer Morton Award: Jarrett Irons
- Meyer Morton Award: Jay Riemersma
- John Maulbetsch Award: Jon Jansen
- Frederick Matthei Award: Jarrett Irons
- Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Jay Riemersma
- Dick Katcher Award: Jason Horn
- Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Joe Marinaro
- Robert P. Ufer Award: Jason Carr
- Roger Zatkoff Award: Jarrett Irons
- Head coach: Lloyd Carr
- Assistant coaches: Vance Bedford, Erik Campbell, Kit Cartwright, Mike DeBord, Jim Herrmann, Brady Hoke, Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison, Bobby Morrison
- Trainer: Paul Schmidt
- Managers: Jason Armstrong, Joe Allore, Adam Clous, Patrick Bolger, Jared Drinkwater, Michael Levine, Joel Gerring, Ed Magnus, Sami Samaha, Tibor Tuske
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