2015 Michigan Wolverines football team

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2015 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Citrus Bowl champion
Citrus Bowl, W 41–7 vs. Florida
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 12
2015 record 10–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Harbaugh (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno (1st season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator D. J. Durkin (1st year),
Greg Mattison (bowl game)
Base defense 4–3
MVP Jehu Chesson
Captain Joe Bolden (Senior year)
Captain Joe Kerridge (5th year)
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,601)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 136 in reference to the 136-year tradition of the Michigan football program, was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolverines competed in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference, and played their home games at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan was led by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was in his first season.

Michigan finished the season with a 10-3 record, 6-2 in Big Ten play, to finish in third place in the East Division, and was invited to the Citrus Bowl, where it defeated Florida. The team was the first Michigan team to go undefeated on the road in conference play since the national champion 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team.[1]

Preseason[edit]

In 2014, Michigan compiled a 5–7 record and was not bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. As a result of the team's poor record, head coach Brady Hoke was fired on December 2.[2] His job status had been in jeopardy since September 28, 2014 when QB Shane Morris was reinserted after a concussion.[3] On December 30, following a much publicized coaching search, Michigan announced the hiring of San Francisco 49ers coach and former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh as the 20th head coach in the program's history.[4] Harbaugh hired D. J. Durkin for the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach positions and Tim Drevno for the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach positions.[5][6] In addition to the co-ordinator positions, Harbaugh also hired John Baxter to coach special teams, former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive co-ordinator Jedd Fisch as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach,[7] Jim Harbaugh's son Jay as the tight ends coach,[8] Greg Jackson and Mike Zordich as the secondary coaches,[9] Kevin Tolbert as the strength and conditioning coach,[10] and former running back Tyrone Wheatley—who won a Rose Bowl while playing at Michigan—to coach the running backs.[11] Michigan also retained Greg Mattison from Hoke's staff as the defensive line coach.[12]

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 a total of 14 recruits.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Brian Cole
WR
Saginaw, Michigan Heritage H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.45 Jul 26, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Andrew David
K
Massillon, Ohio Massillon H.S. 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 23, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Zach Gentry
QB
Albuquerque, New Mexico Eldorado H.S. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Jan 24, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Karan Higdon
RB
Sarasota, Florida Riverview H.S. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.45 Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Shelton Johnson
DE
Delray Beach, Florida Atlantic Community H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Reuben Jones
DE
Lakeland, Florida Lake Gibson H.S. 6 ft 3.5 in (1.92 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Jan 24, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tyree Kinnel
DB
Huber Heights, Ohio Wayne H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 183.5 lb (83.2 kg) Aug 24, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Alex Malzone
QB
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Brother Rice H.S. 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m) 204 lb (93 kg) May 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Grant Newsome
OL
Lawrenceville, New Jersey Lawrenceville School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Jun 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Grant Perry
WR
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Brother Rice H.S. 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Feb 3, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
John Runyan Jr.
OL
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Joseph's Prep 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 275.5 lb (125.0 kg) Jun 25, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Nolan Ulizio
OL
West Chester, Ohio Lakota West H.S. 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m) 286.5 lb (130.0 kg) Jan 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Keith Washington
DB
Prattville, Alabama Prattville H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
TE
Buffalo, New York Canisius H.S. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 36   Rivals: 50  247Sports: 38  ESPN: 40
  • ‡ 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]

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 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR 22 18 12 15 15 16 15 14 12 19 17 12 
Coaches RV NR RV NR RV 21 14 17 17 17 15 13 12 19 17 11 
CFP Not released 17 14 12 10 15 14 Not released

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:30 p.m. at Utah* Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City FS1 L 17–24   47,825[13]
September 12 12:00 p.m. Oregon State* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan ABC W 35–7   109,651[14]
September 19 12:00 p.m. UNLV* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan BTN W 28–7   108,683[15]
September 26 12:00 p.m. No. 22 BYU* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan ABC W 31–0   108,940[16]
October 3 12:00 p.m. at Maryland No. 22 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland BTN W 28–0   51,802[17]
October 10 3:30 p.m. No. 13 Northwesterndagger No. 18 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan BTN W 38–0   110,452[18]
October 17 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State No. 12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN L 23–27   111,740[19]
October 31 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 15 TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis (Little Brown Jug) ESPN W 29–26   50,709[20]
November 7 3:30 p.m. Rutgers No. 16 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan BTN W 49–16   109,879[21]
November 14 3:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 15 Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana ABC/ESPN2 W 48–41 2OT  49,557[22]
November 21 12:00 p.m. at Penn State No. 14 Beaver StadiumState College, Pennsylvania ABC W 28–16   107,418[23]
November 28 12:00 p.m. No. 8 Ohio State No. 12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan (The Game) ABC L 13–42   111,829[24]
January 1, 2016 1:00 p.m. vs. No. 19 Florida* No. 17 Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, Florida (Citrus Bowl) ABC W 41–7   63,113[25]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time. All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change. Source:[26].

Radio[edit]

Radio coverage for all games was broadcast statewide on The Michigan IMG Sports Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The radio announcers were Jim Brandstatter with play-by-play, Dan Dierdorf with color commentary, and Doug Karsch with sideline reports.[27]

Game summaries[edit]

at Utah[edit]

Michigan at Utah
1 234Total
Wolverines 0 377 17
Utes 3 777 24
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–2 September 20, 2014 Utah, 26–10

To open the season, Michigan faced the Utah Utes. Utah dominated the previous meeting, winning 26–10 in a game that featured an almost two-and-a-half hour weather delay.[29] After a starting quarterback was not named during the team's preseason, Michigan chose to start graduate transfer Jake Rudock over the returning junior Shane Morris.[30]

Utah defeated Michigan, 24–17.[31] Utah opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 30-yard field goal from Andy Phillips. Michigan responded in the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal from Kenny Allen, but Utah regained the lead via a one-yard touchdown run from Devontae Booker and went into half-time leading 10–3. Utah extended its lead in the third quarter to 14 points via a 14-yard touchdown run from Travis Wilson, but Michigan responded with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jake Butt. Utah regained its 14-point advantage in the fourth quarter when Justin Thomas intercepted Rudock and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown, but Michigan once again reduced Utah's lead to seven points with a ten-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Amara Darboh. Utah recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to complete its victory.[32]

Jake Rudock completed 27 of his 43 pass attempts for 279 yards and two touchdowns and three interceptions.[33] De'Veon Smith ran 17 times for 47 yards, while Jake Butt recorded eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Joe Bolden recorded his 200th career tackle during the game, and Michigan's defense as a whole recorded nine tackles for a loss. The announced attendance of 47,825 was the largest crowd in the history of Rice-Eccles Stadium.[30]

vs. Oregon State[edit]

Oregon State at Michigan
1 234Total
Beavers 7 000 7
Wolverines 3 14315 35
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–0 September 20, 1986 Michigan, 31–12

Following its game against Utah, Michigan hosted Oregon State for its home opener. This was the first meeting between the two schools since 1986, when Michigan defeated Oregon State 31–12 as Jim Harbaugh (then Michigan's quarterback) accounted for three touchdowns: two passing and one rushing.[35][36]

After falling behind early in the first quarter, Michigan rallied to defeat Oregon State 35–7.[37] Oregon State opened the scoring on its first drive of the game, moving the ball 79 yards in seven plays and scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Seth Collins to Hunter Jarmon. Following Oregon State's touchdown, Michigan dominated the game on both offense and defense. After the teams traded fumbles in the first quarter, Michigan reduced Oregon State's lead to four points via a 40-yard field goal from Kenny Allen, and took the lead in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Michigan added to its lead shortly before halftime with another one-yard touchdown run from Smith, giving it a 17–7 at half-time. Michigan added a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter, before finishing the scoring in the fourth quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run from Smith—and a two-point conversion pass from Rudock to Smith—and a two-yard touchdown run from Derrick Green.[38]

Michigan dominated Oregon State in all statistical categories, out-gaining the Beavers 405-138 in yardage. Michigan rushed for 225 yards on 48 attempts, while Oregon State only managed 59 yards on 33 attempts. Oregon State only converted one first down out of 13 attempts on either third or fourth down.[14] Oregon State gained 136 of its 138 yards of offense in the first quarter, before being shut down by the Wolverines defense and only gaining two total yards in the final three quarters. Inc contrast, Michigan gained 357 yards during the final three quarters. Smith rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs. The win was Jim Harbaugh's first win as coach at Michigan, while Michigan improved its record in home openers to 113–18–2.[35]

vs. UNLV[edit]

UNLV at Michigan
1 234Total
Rebels 0 007 7
Wolverines 7 1407 28
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 12:01 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 108,683
  • Game weather: Low 70s, Cloudy, SW 15–25 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Conlin
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins, Chuck Long & Rick Pizzo
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
0–0 First meeting

Following the game against Oregon State, Michigan hosted the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels. This was the first ever meeting between the two programs.[40]

Michigan defeated UNLV, 28–7.[41] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a five-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to De'Veon Smith and added to its lead in the second quarter with a 36-yard touchdown run from Jehu Chesson and a 76-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac. After neither team scored in the third quarter, Michigan added to its lead with a one-yard touchdown run from Sione Houma. UNLV responded with a six-yard touchdown pass from Blake Decker to Devonte Boyd, which ended the scoring.[42]

Isaac's 76-yard touchdown run was Michigan's longest since Denard Robinson went for 79 yards against Air Force in 2012 and the longest by a Wolverine running back since Carlos Brown went 90 yards against Eastern Michigan in 2009. The run was also his career long. Houma and Chesson both recorded the first rushing touchdowns of their respective careers. The attendance of over 100,000 was Michigan's 260th consecutive game of over 100,000 in attendance. Michigan's defense held UNLV to only 92 yards of rushing offense.[40]

vs. BYU[edit]

BYU vs. Michigan
1 234Total
#22 Cougars 0 000 0
Wolverines 7 2400 31
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 12:05 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 108,940
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Partly cloudy, NE 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ABC): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
0–1 December 21, 1984 BYU, 24–17

Following its game against UNLV, Michigan faced the Brigham Young (BYU) Cougars. This was the first meeting between the schools since the 1984 Holiday Bowl, which saw BYU defeat Michigan to clinch that season's national championship.

Michigan defeated BYU, 31–0.[44] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run from Jake Rudock and then scored 24 points in the second quarter. Rudock completed a four-yard touchdown pass to Amara Darboh, followed by a 60-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Rudock added his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run, and Kenny Allen added the final points of the game on a 40-yard field goal near the end of the first half. Neither team added any points in the second half.[45]

The win over BYU marked Michigan's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating Notre Dame 41–30 on September 7, 2013, and it was its first shutout against a ranked opponent since defeating Notre Dame 38–0 on September 13, 2003. It was Michigan's first shutout since Illinois in 2012, and the first time BYU had been shut out since a game against Utah in 2003. Michigan's defense held BYU's offense to only 105 yards of total offense. The 55 yards of rushing offense was BYU's lowest total since another Utah game (in 2011) when it only rushed for 11 yards.[46]

at Maryland[edit]

Michigan at Maryland
1 234Total
#22 Wolverines 0 6157 28
Terrapins 0 000 0
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
3–1 November 22, 2014 Maryland, 23–16

After its game against BYU, Michigan began the Big Ten portion of its schedule at Maryland. Maryland won the previous meeting 23–16.[48] The game's original kickoff time of 8:00 PM was moved forward by eight hours to noon in order to avoid the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin.[49]

Michigan defeated Maryland, 28–0.[50] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal by Kenny Allen. Michigan added to its lead with a 32-yard field goal from Allen near the end of the first half, giving Michigan a 6–0 lead at half-time. Michigan added to its lead in the third quarter with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Drake Johnson, and then added a two-point conversion via a Rudock pass to Khalid Hill. Michigan added to its lead with a 66-yard touchdown run from Jehu Chesson before Johnson added the final points of the game in the fourth quarter via a one-yard touchdown run, his second of the game.[51]

The win marked Michigan's first consecutive shutouts since 2000, when Michigan shut out Indiana after shutting out Michigan State the previous week. Michigan's defense forced 12 three-and-outs, and had, as of the end of the game, shut out opponents in 14 of the last 16 quarters it had played. Blake O'Neill placed a punt within the opponent's five yard line for the fourth time in five games. Jourdan Lewis and Desmond Morgan recorded their first interceptions of the season, while Jeremy Clark recorded his third of the year.[52]

vs. Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern at Michigan
(Homecoming game)
1 234Total
#13 Wildcats 0 000 0
#18 Wolverines 21 737 38
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 3:42 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 110,452
  • Game weather: Mid 60s, Mostly sunny, WNW 10 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
56–15–2 November 8, 2014 Michigan, 10–9

Following its game against Maryland, Michigan hosted the Northwestern Wildcats for its homecoming game. Michigan won the previous meeting 10–9 in a turnover filled game by stopping Northwestern's attempted go-ahead two-point conversion with three seconds remaining in the game.[54]

Michigan posted its third consecutive shutout, defeating Northwestern 38–0.[55] Michigan opened the scoring on the first play of the game with a 96-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by Jehu Chesson. Michigan added to its lead with a one-yard touchdown run from Drake Johnson, and a two-yard touchdown run from Jake Rudock, giving Michigan a 21–0 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter Jourdan Lewis posted a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown, which made the score 28–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added to its lead in the third quarter via a career-long 47-yard field goal by Kenny Allen, before Derrick Green added the final points of the game in the fourth quarter via a four-yard touchdown run.[56]

The win marked Michigan's third consecutive shutout, a feat not accomplished by any Football Bowl Subdivision team since Kansas State in 1995.[57] It was also the first time a Michigan team had recorded three consecutive shutouts since 1980, when Michigan shut out Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue. Michigan has outscored its opposition, 97–0, over its last three games, and not allowed a point over 41 straight defensive possessions. The Wolverines scored at least one touchdown on offense, defense and special teams in the same game for the first time since 2003. Chesson's opening kickoff return for a touchdown was the 11th kick return for a touchdown in program history, and the first opening kickoff return for a touchdown since 1992, when Tyrone Wheatley returned the opening kickoff against Houston.[58]

vs. Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at Michigan
(Paul Bunyan Trophy)
1 234Total
#7 Spartans 0 7713 27
#12 Wolverines 0 10103 23
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 3:35 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:46
  • Game attendance: 111,740
  • Game weather: Mid 40s, Mostly cloudy, NW 12–14 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
68–34–5 October 25, 2014 Michigan State, 35–11

Following its clash with Northwestern, Michigan hosted its in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan was dominated in the previous meeting, losing 35–11.[60] Due to the quality of and the hype surrounding the matchup between the two teams, the game was selected as the location for ESPN's College GameDay. This was the first time that GameDay came to Ann Arbor since Michigan defeated Notre Dame in 2013.[61]

Michigan State defeated Michigan 27–23.[62] Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run from Sione Houma, Michigan State responded with an 11-yard touchdown run from LJ Scott. A 38-yard field goal by Kenny Allen gave Michigan a 10–7 lead at half-time. Michigan added to its lead in the third quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from Houma, his second rushing touchdown of the game. Michigan State responded via a 30-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Macgarrett Kings Jr. A 21-yard field goal by Allen in the final minutes of the third gave Michigan a 20–14 lead after the third quarter. Michigan added to its lead in the fourth quarter with a 38-yard field goal by Allen, but Michigan State responded with a one-yard touchdown run from Scott, his second rushing touchdown of the game, to cut Michigan's lead to two points. With 10 seconds left in the game, Michigan State recovered a fumbled snap on a punt by Blake O'Neill and then, Jalen Watts-Jackson returned the snap 38 yards for a touchdown as time expired to secure the win. Michigan State became the second team in the last two seasons to win a game in regulation in which it did not have the lead until the clock hit 0:00. Last season, Arizona beat California on a game-ending Hail Mary after not having the lead the entire game.[63]

Michigan's defensive streaks of 13 straight shutout quarters and 46 consecutive scoreless drives ended when Michigan State scored a touchdown with 7:06 left in the second quarter. Jourdan Lewis matched a program record with six pass breakups, tying Marlin Jackson, who accomplished the feat against the Washington on August 31, 2002. He owns a total of 14 pass breakups on the season, placing him tied for fourth among Michigan's single-season leaders in the category. Blake O'Neill's 80-yard punt is the longest punt by any FBS punter so far this season and the second longest in Michigan program history, trailing only Monte Robbins' 82-yard punt at Hawaii on December 6, 1986.[64]

at Minnesota[edit]

Michigan at Minnesota
(Little Brown Jug)
1 234Total
#15 Wolverines 7 778 29
Golden Gophers 3 1373 26
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
73–25–3 September 27, 2014 Minnesota, 30–14

After its game against Michigan State and a bye week, Michigan traveled to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Little Brown Jug. In the previous meeting, Minnesota dominated Michigan, winning 30–14.[66]

Michigan defeated Minnesota, 29–26.[67] Minnesota opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 23-yard field goal from Ryan Santoso. Michigan responded with 14 straight points via a one-yard touchdown run from Joe Kerridge near the end of the first quarter and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jehu Chesson. Minnesota responded with 13 unanswered points of its own via a 30-yard field goal from Santoso, a 52-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Leidner to Rashad Still, and a 32-yard field goal from Santoso, which made the score 16–14 in favor of Minnesota at half-time. Michigan regained the lead in the third quarter when Jabrill Peppers scored his first career offensive touchdown with a five-yard rush, but Minnesota regained the lead with a 24-yard touchdown run from Leidner. Minnesota extended its lead in the fourth quarter with a 47-yard field goal from Santoso, but Michigan regained the lead with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight—who had replaced an injured Rudock at quarterback earlier in the half—to Jehu Chesson. Speight then completed a two-point conversion attempt with a pass to Amara Darboh, giving Michigan a three-point lead. Minnesota drove to Michigan's one-yard line on its ensuing possession, but Michigan's defense stopped both Golden Gopher attempts from the one-yard line and held on for the win as time expired.[68]

The Michigan defense has surrendered 11 total red-zone possessions to opposing offenses. Those 11 possessions have amounted to just five touchdowns and four field goals, including three field goals in three trips by Minnesota. Jourdan Lewis had one pass breakup to give him 17 on the season, trailing the all-time single-season record held by Marlin Jackson (2002) and Leon Hall (2006) by one.[69]

vs. Rutgers[edit]

Rutgers at Michigan
1 234Total
Scarlet Knights 3 1300 16
#16 Wolverines 14 21113 49
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 3:42 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 109,879
  • Game weather: Mid 50s, Partly cloudy, N 15–20 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
0–1 October 4, 2014 Rutgers, 26–24

After facing Minnesota, Michigan hosted Rutgers. Rutgers won the previous meeting by a score of 26–24.[71]

Michigan defeated Rutgers 49–16.[72] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jake Ruddock to Jehu Chesson. Rutgers responded with a 32-yard field goal by Kyle Federico, but Michigan added to its lead with 14 unanswered points: seven in the first via a four-yard touchdown run from Jake Ruddock, and seven in the second quarter via an 18-yard touchdown run from Jabrill Peppers. Rutgers responded with a 98-yard kickoff return by Janarion Grant, to cut Michigan's lead to 21–10. Michigan added to its lead via a 1-yard touchdown run from Drake Johnson, but Rutgers responded with a 29-yard field by Kyle Federico. Michigan added to its lead via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jake Ruddock to Amara Darboh, but Rutgers responded with a 27-yard field goal to end the first half, which made the score 35–16 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan held Rutgers scoreless during the second half and added to its lead with 14 unanswered points via a 4-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith and a two-point conversion run by Jake Ruddock, a 34-yard field goal by Kenny Allen, and a 28-yard field goal by Allen in the fourth quarter.[73]

With his 18th and 19th pass breakups of the season, Jourdan Lewis claimed sole ownership of the single-season Michigan record, which had previously been shared by Leon Hall and Marlin Jackson. Michigan has allowed just 16 red-zone possessions to opponents all season long, the fewest in FBS, allowing points on 15 of those drives, including just six touchdowns allowed. Jake Rudock passed for 337 yards, a career best and his first 300-yard performance at Michigan. Rudock's yardage was the 12th-highest single-game total in Michigan history.[74]

at Indiana[edit]

Michigan at Indiana
1 234OT2OTTotal
#15 Wolverines 7 1701077 48
Hoosiers 6 1010870 41
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
54–9 November 1, 2014 Michigan, 34–10

After hosting Rutgers, Michigan traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to face the Indiana Hoosiers. Michigan dominated the previous meeting, winning 34–10.[76]

Michigan survived an upset bid from Indiana, defeating the Hoosiers 48–41 in double overtime.[77] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jehu Chesson, which became a routine connection for Michigan touchdowns in the game. Indiana responded with two field goals in the first quarter from Griffin Oakes: one from 39 yards and one from 36 yards. Michigan extended its lead to eight points in the second quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Chesson, but Indiana reduced Michigan's lead to five with a 51-yard field goal from Oakes. Michigan responded under a minute later with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Chesson, extending its lead to 12, but Indiana responded with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld to Jordan Howard. Michigan added a 22-yard field goal from Kenny Allen as time expired in the first half, making the score 24–16 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Indiana reduced Michigan's lead to one point in the third quarter with a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown from Mitchell Paige, and then took its first lead of the game with a 24-yard field goal from Oakes. Michigan regained the lead in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard field goal from Allen, but Indiana responded with a 24-yard touchdown run from Howard. Howard also converted Indiana's two-point conversion attempt, giving Indiana a seven-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Michigan responded by driving down the field and tying the game with two seconds left on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Chesson, Chesson's fourth touchdown reception of the game. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, with Howard rushing for a one-yard touchdown for Indiana and Jake Butt catching a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rudock. Michigan took the lead in the second overtime via a 25-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Amara Darboh, and then managed to stop Indiana on a fourth-and-goal attempt from the two-yard line to win the game.[78]

The victory against Indiana was Michigan's 20th consecutive victory against the Hoosiers. Michigan set a new season high in offense, totaling 581 yards during the game. Rudock's six touchdown passes set a new school record, surpassing the previous record of four. Rudock threw for over 300-yards in the second consecutive game, becoming the first Michigan quarterback to do so since Chad Henne in 2004. Rudock passed for 440 yards, setting a new career high for the second week in a row. Rudock's yardage was the third-highest single-game total in Michigan history. Rudock's 33 completions are tied for the second most in a game in Michigan history. Chesson's four touchdown receptions tied the school record, which was set by Derrick Alexander in 1992. Chesson set single-game career highs in receptions (10), receiving yards (207), and touchdowns (4). Chesson's four touchdown receptions marked the 14th time in Michigan history that a wide receiver recorded at least three touchdowns in one game, and the first time since Devin Funchess last season. Michigan's defense allowed a season-high 527 yards of offense during the game. Jourdan Lewis extended his record of pass break ups during the season to 20 in total, and leads the nation in pass breakups per game (2.0).[79]

at Penn State[edit]

Michigan at Penn State
1 234Total
#14 Wolverines 7 777 28
Nittany Lions 3 706 16
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: Beaver Stadium
    State College, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 12:05 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 107,418
  • Game weather: 45–49, Mix of clouds, sun, SE 6–10 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ABC): Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
11–7 October 11, 2014 Michigan, 18–13

Following its game against Indiana, Michigan played its final road game against Penn State. Michigan won the previous meeting by a score of 18–13.[81]

Michigan defeated Penn State, 28–16.[82] Penn State opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 23-yard field goal from Tyler Davis, but Michigan took the lead with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jake Butt. Penn State regained the lead in the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to Saeed Blacknail, but Michigan responded with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Amara Darboh, which made the score 14–10 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added the only score in the third quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from Sione Houma, which extended Michigan's lead to 11 points. Penn State reduced Michigan's lead to five points in the fourth quarter with two field goals from Davis, one from 24-yards, and one from 18-yards. Michigan added the final points of the game in the fourth quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith.[83]

Michigan won at Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2006; it had lost the previous three times when traveling to Penn State. Michigan also became the first team this season to defeat Penn State at home. Jake Rudock became the first quarterback in Michigan history to throw for at least 250 yards in three consecutive games. Michigan's offensive line held Penn State to only two sacks. The Nittany Lions came into the game having the most sacks in Division I FBS and had averaged 4.2 sacks per game. Michigan has allowed the opposition only 25 red-zone chances, the fewest in FBS. Jourdan Lewis added to his Michigan single-season record with one more pass breakup, giving him 21 on the year.[84] With the win, Michigan completed its first perfect Big Ten road season since 1997.[85]

vs. Ohio State[edit]

Ohio State at Michigan
(The Game)
1 234Total
#8 Buckeyes 7 71414 42
#12 Wolverines 0 1003 13
  • Date: November 28
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 12:06 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 111,829
  • Game weather: Low 40s, Mostly cloudy, N 5–10 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
58–46–6 November 29, 2014 Ohio State, 42–28

Following its road finale against Penn State, Michigan faced its arch-rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the 112th meeting of "The Game." Ohio State won the previous meeting by a score of 42–28.[87] Prior to the game, Michigan retired six numbers that were previously a part of the "Michigan Legends" program. The numbers were 11 (worn by the Wistert Brothers—Al Wistert, Alvin Wistert, and Whitey Wistert), 21 (worn by Desmond Howard), 47 (worn by Bennie Oosterbaan), 48 (worn by Gerald Ford), 87 (worn by Ron Kramer), and 98 (worn by Tom Harmon). Howard's Number 21 jersey will officially be retired, as his was the only jersey of the six that was not formally retired at Michigan prior to the implementation of the legends program.[88]

Ohio State defeated Michigan, 42–13.[89] Ohio State opened the scoring in the first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run from J. T. Barrett, but Michigan responded with a 25-yard field goal by Kenny Allen. Ohio State extended its lead in the second quarter via a five-yard touchdown run from Ezekiel Elliott. Michigan responded with a five-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jehu Chesson, making the score 14–10 in favor of Ohio State at half-time. Ohio State responded with 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, via a 25-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Jalin Marshall, and a 13-yard touchdown run from Barrett. Michigan responded in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Allen. Ohio State added to its lead in the fourth quarter with 14 unanswered points via a 10-yard touchdown run from Elliott and a 17-yard touchdown run from Barrett.[90]

Jake Rudock became the first quarterback in Michigan history to throw for at least 250 yards in four consecutive games. With 2,739 passing yards this season, Rudock moved to fifth place among Michigan's all-time single-season leaders. With 620 receiving yards this season, Jake Butt moved to third place among Michigan's all-time single-season leaders in receiving yards by a tight end. The announced attendance of 111,829 marked the 265th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans in attendance, and was the largest crowd of 2015.[91]

vs. Florida[edit]

Michigan vs. Florida
(Citrus Bowl)
1 234Total
#17 Wolverines 7 101410 41
#19 Gators 7 000 7
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 January 1, 2008 Michigan, 41–35

On December 6, Michigan was selected to play in the Citrus Bowl against the Florida Gators. Michigan won the previous meeting, in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, by a score of 41–35. This was Michigan's 44th bowl game appearance, and fifth appearance in the Citrus Bowl.[92]

Michigan dominated Florida, winning 41–7.[93] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter with a four-yard touchdown run from Drake Johnson. Florida responded with a two-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Callaway to Treon Harris, but that would be its only score of the game, as Michigan responded with 34 unanswered points. Michigan regained the lead in the second quarter with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to Jehu Chesson, and then added a 21-yard field goal from Kenny Allen, making the score 17–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added to its lead in the third quarter via a three-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Grant Perry and a two-yard touchdown run from Sione Houma, making the score 31–7 after three quarters. Michigan added ten more points in the fourth quarter via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Johnson, before Allen added the final points of the game via a 25-yard field goal.[94]

Rudock was named the game MVP, as voted by the media. Jake Rudock became the first quarterback in Michigan history to throw for at least 250 yards in five consecutive games. Rudock completed 20-of-31 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns, becoming just the second Michigan quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season, following John Navarre in 2003. Rudock finished his season ranked No. 2 in single-season passing yards (3,017) and No. 1 in single-season completion percentage (64 percent). With three receptions for 34 yards, tight end Jake Butt finishes the season ranked No. 2 in single-season receptions (51) by a Michigan tight end and No. 3 in receiving yards by a tight end (654). Michigan's 41 points marked the most that Florida had allowed this season. The win marked Michigan's second-largest scoring margin in a bowl game since the 1948 Rose Bowl (49–0 win over USC). The largest since that game came in a 42–7 win over NC State in the 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl. The attendance of 63,113 was the highest Citrus Bowl attendance figure since the 2008 Capital One Bowl, also between Michigan and Florida.[95]

2016 NFL Draft[edit]

Three Wolverines were drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[96][97][98]

Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
3* 95 Detroit Lions Graham Glasgow  C Michigan Big Ten
4* 132 Baltimore Ravens Willie Henry  DT Michigan Big Ten
6 191 Detroit Lions Jake Rudock  QB Michigan Big Ten

Roster[edit]

2015 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 3 Wilton Speight So
RB 4 De'Veon Smith Jr
QB 5 John O'Korn Jr
QB 6 Brian Cleary Sr
QB 7 Shane Morris Jr
TE 8 Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Fr
WR 9 Grant Perry Fr
WR 10 Da'Mario Jones Jr
QB 10 Zach Gentry Fr
QB 12 Alex Malzone Fr
QB 13 Matt Thompson So
WR 14 Drake Harris So
QB 15 Jake Rudock RSr
QB 16 Garrett Moores Jr
WR 16 Jack Wangler Jr
WR 17 Freddy Canteen So
RB 18 Antonio Whitfield Jr
TE 19 Henry Poggi So
RB 20 Drake Johnson Sr
RB 22 Karan Higdon Fr
RB 22 Joe Hewlett So
RB 23 Jordan Glasgow Fr
RB 24 Kevin Gross Fr
RB 27 Derrick Green Jr
RB 29 Ross Taylor-Douglass Jr
FB 30 Joe Beneducci So
RB 32 Ty Isaac Jr
RB 33 Wyatt Shallman Jr
FB 34 Deyanco Hardwick So
FB 36 Joe Kerridge (C) RSr
FB 37 Bobby Henderson Sr
FB 39 Sione Houma Sr
WR 40 Kenneth Sloss Jr
FB 40 Nick Volk So
WR 41 Brian Cole II Fr
TE 44 Chase Winovich So
OL 51 Greg Froelich Jr
OL 52 Mason Cole So
OL 55 David Dawson Jr
OL 57 William Coleman Fr
OL 57 Patrick Kugler Jr
OL 61 Graham Glasgow RSr
OL 62 Blake Bars Sr
OL 63 Ben Pliska Sr
OL 67 Kyle Kalis Sr
OL 70 Nolan Ulizio Fr
OL 71 Ben Braden Sr
OL 72 Logan Tuley-Tillman Jr
OL 75 John Runyan Fr
OL 76 Juwan Bushell-Beatty So
OL 77 Grant Newsome Fr
OL 78 Erik Magnuson Sr
TE 80 Khalid Hill Jr
TE 81 Michael Jocz Jr
WR 82 Amara Darboh Sr
WR 83 Jaron Dukes Jr
TE 84 A.J. Williams Sr
WR 85 Maurice Ways So
WR 86 Jehu Chesson Sr
TE 88 Jake Butt Jr
TE 88 Jack Dunaway Fr
WR 89 Brad Anlauf Sr
TE 89 Ian Bunting RFr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 3 Desmond Morgan RSr
DE 4 Reuben Jones Fr
S 5 Jabrill Peppers So
DB 6 Keith Washington Fr
DE 7 Shelton Johnson Fr
CB 8 Channing Stribling Jr
LB 9 Mike McCray So
CB 13 Terry Richardson Sr
LB 14 Allen Gant Jr
LB 15 James Ross Sr
DB 17 Tyree Kinnel Fr
LB 19 Jared Wangler So
DB 20 Matt Mitchell So
S 22 Jarrod Wilson Sr
CB 24 Wayne Lyons RSr
S 25 Dymonte Thomas Jr
CB 26 Jourdan Lewis Jr
LB 27 Chris Terech Fr
CB 27 Travis Wooley Sr
DB 28 Brandon Watson So
DB 29 Ross Taylor-Douglass Jr
DB 30 Reon Dawson Jr
LB 31 Nick Benda Jr
S 32 Shaun Austin Sr
DE 33 Taco Charlton Jr
S 34 Jeremy Clark Jr
LB 35 Joe Bolden (C) Sr
DB 38 John Andrysiak Jr
DB 38 Francois Montbrun Jr
LB 42 Ben Gedeon Jr
DL 43 Chris Wormley Sr
DB 44 Delano Hill Jr
DL 45 Brady Pallante So
LB 46 Michael Wroblewski Jr
CB 49 Anthony Dalimonte Jr
DE 49 Tom Strobel Jr
LB 51 Tommy Whitted Fr
LB 52 Royce Jenkins-Stone Sr
DE 53 Mario Ojemudia Sr
LB 54 Dan Liesman Sr
DL 55 Garrett Miller Jr
LB 56 Jameson Offerdahl Fr
LB 58 Alex Kaminski So
LB 59 Noah Furbush So
DT 69 Willie Henry Sr
DT 73 Maurice Hurst, Jr. Jr
DT 90 Bryan Mone So
LB 92 Cheyenn Robertson Fr
DE 93 Lawrence Marshall So
DL 96 Ryan Glasgow Jr
DE 97 Cody Zeisler Jr
DT 99 Matt Godin Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 3 Kyle Seychel Fr
P 12 Blake O'Neill RSr
K 16 Andrew David Fr
K/P 41 Ryan Tice Fr
LS 43 Scott Sypniewski Jr
LS 50 Andrew Robinson So
K/P 91 Kenneth Allen Sr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Drevno (offensive coordinator / offensive line)
  • D. J. Durkin (defensive coordinator / linebackers)
  • John Baxter (special teams coordinator)
  • Jedd Fisch (passing game coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers)
  • Jay Harbaugh (tight ends)
  • Greg Jackson (secondary)
  • Greg Mattison (defensive line)
  • Kevin Tolbert (strength and conditioning)
  • Tyrone Wheatley (running backs)
  • Mike Zordich (secondary)
  • Matt Doherty (Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Chris Partridge (Recruiting Coordinator)
  • T. J. Weist (Senior Offensive Analyst)
  • Matt Barnes (Defensive Analyst)
  • Erik Campbell (Recruiting Operations)
  • Rick Finotti (Director of Football Operations)
  • Zach Eisendrath (Director of Internal Communications and Operations)
  • Gwendolyn Bush (Director Of Player Development)
  • Derron Montgomery (Wide Receiver/Graduate Assistant)
  • Al Netter (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Joe Hastings (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Drew Terrell (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Michael Switzer (Offensive Analyst)
  • Albert Karschnia (Operations Assistant)
  • Erin Cronyn (Operations Intern)
  • Katie Giarmo (Recruiting Intern)

[99][100]


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

Roster
Last update: September 21, 2015

Awards and honors[edit]

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