1975 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1975 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan in the 1975 Big Ten Conference football season. In it sixth season under head coach Bo Schembechler, Michigan compiled an 8–2–2 record (7–1 against conference opponents), outscored all opponents by a total of 324 to 130, and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP and UPI polls.[1][2]

1975 Michigan Wolverines football
Orange Bowl, L 6–14 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
1975 record8–2–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Moeller (3rd season)
MVPGordon Bell
Captains
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 8 Michigan 7 1 0     8 2 2
Michigan State 4 4 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Iowa 3 5 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 6 1     2 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Michigan was ranked No. 2 in the preseason AP poll and won its opening game against Wisconsin. After playing consecutive tie games with unranked Stanford and Baylor teams, Michigan dropped to No. 12 in the AP poll. Michigan then won seven straight games, including a convincing victory over No. 5 Missouri and rivalry games against No. 15 Michigan State and a talented Minnesota squad led by quarterback Tony Dungy. In the final game of the regular season, Michigan was ranked No. 4 and lost a close game against No. 1 Ohio State. The Wolverines were invited to play in the 1976 Orange Bowl where they lost a close game against 1975 national champion Oklahoma.

Tailback Gordon Bell led the team in rushing (1,390 yards) and scoring (84 points) and received the team's most valuable player award. The team's other statistical leaders included quarterback Rick Leach with 680 passing yards and split end Jim Smith with 553 receiving yards.[3] Defensive back Don Dufek was selected as a first-team All-American, and ten Michigan players received first- or second-team honors on the 1975 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13at WisconsinNo. 2/NAW 23–679,022
September 20Stanford*No. 2/3T 19–1992,304
September 27Baylor*No. 9/10
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
T 14–14104,248
October 4No. 5/5 Missouri*No. 12/14
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 31–7104,578
October 1112:30 p.m.at No. 15/16 Michigan StateNo. 8/8W 16–679,776
October 18NorthwesternNo. 7/7
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 69–086,201
October 25Indiana No. 7/7
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 55–793,857
November 1at MinnesotaNo. 7/7W 28–2133,191
November 8PurdueNo. 6/6
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 28–0102,415
November 15at IllinoisNo. 4/4W 21–1545,077
November 22No. 1/1 Ohio StateNo. 4/5
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
L 14–21105,543
January 1, 1976vs. No. 3/3 Oklahoma*No. 5/5NBCL 6–1476,799

Season summaryEdit

PreseasonEdit

WisconsinEdit

Week 1: Michigan at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Michigan 0 10310 23
Wisconsin 3 300 6
  • Date: September 13
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Game attendance: 79,022

On September 13, 1975, Michigan opened its season with a 23–6 victory over Wisconsin before a record-setting crowd of 79,022 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. In his first college game, quarterback Rich Leach rushed for 30 yards on eight carries and completed only two of 10 passes for 34 yards and three interceptions. Senior tailback Gordon Bell rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. It was the first 200-yard game by a Michigan back since Billy Taylor in 1969. The Wolverines rushed for a total of 394 yards with Rob Lytle adding 91 yards and a touchdown. Bob Wood, appearing his first varsity game, contributed 11 points on three field goals and two extra point kicks.[4][5]

Michigan's defense, led by linebacker Calvin O'Neal and middle guard Tim Davis, held Wisconsin to 98 rushing yards and 38 passing yards.[4] Wisconsin's two field goals followed Michigan turnovers – a fumble by Bell at Michigan's 32-yard line in the first quarter and an interception in the second quarter that gave Wisconsin the ball at Michigan's 27-yard line. Wisconsin's star back Billy Marek was held to 58 yards on 21 carries. After the game, Wisconsin assistant coach Chuck McBride called it the most disappointing loss in his six years at Wisconsin and concluded that "Michigan's defense intimidated our offense."[5] Head coach John Jardine credited Michigan's defensive front: "They whipped us up front pretty good. We were just blown off."[5]

StanfordEdit

Week 2: Stanford at Michigan
1 234Total
Stanford 6 0013 19
Michigan 0 766 19
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 92,304

On September 20, 1975, Michigan and Stanford played to a 19–19 tie before a crowd of 92,304 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Stanford took a 6–0 lead in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mike Cordova to Tony Hill, but missed the extra point. At the end of the second quarter, Rick Leach threw a 48-yard bomb to Jim Smith to give Michigan a 7–6 lead at halftime. Michigan's Bob Wood kicked two field goals in the third quarter to extend the lead to 13–6.[6][7]

In the fourth quarter, Stanford tied the game at 13–13 on a four-yard touchdown pass from Cordova to Todd Anderson. From that point, the teams traded four field goals. Wood kicked a 32-yarder to put Michigan ahead, 16-13 with 5:51 remaining, and Stanford's Mike Langford tied the game again with 3:41 remaining. Wood kicked what appeared to be a game-winning 42-yarder with 1:36 remaining in the game, but Stanford drove 55 yards in the final minute-and-a-half, and Langford kicked a 33-yard field goal to tie the game with nine seconds remaining.[6][7]

Michigan gained 467 yards of total offense. In his second game, Rick Leach rushed for 58 yards and completed six of 17 passes for 145 yards and an interception. Rob Lytle rushed for 113 yards, and Gordon Bell added 64 yards.[6][7]

BaylorEdit

Week 3: Baylor at Michigan
1 234Total
Baylor 7 070 14
Michigan 7 007 14
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 104,248

On September 27, 1975, Michigan and defending Southwestern Conference champion Baylor played to a 14-14 tie before a crowd of 104,248 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan drove down the field for a touchdown on its first possession of the game, but was unable to score again until the fourth quarter. Gordon Bell scored both of Michigan's touchdowns. Baylor's Bubba Hicks missed a 39-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the game. Baylor out-gained Michigan by 338 yards to 219.[8]

MissouriEdit

Week 4: Missouri at Michigan
1 234Total
Missouri 0 007 7
• Michigan 7 3147 31
  • Date: October 4
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
  • Game attendance: 104,578

On October 4, 1975, Michigan defeated Missouri, 31–7, at Michigan Stadium. Michigan was ranked No. 12 by the AP prior to the game, and Missouri No. 5. The game attracted 104,578, the third largest crowd in Michigan Stadium history. The victory was the 100th in Bo Schembechler's head coaching career.[9]

Michigan rushed for 372 yards, including 119 yards from Gordon Bell, 97 yards and a touchdown from Rick Leach, 68 yards and two touchdowns from Rob Lytle, and 45 yards and a touchdown from Harlan Huckleby. The defense held Missouri to 253 total yards and recovered three Missouri fumbles.[10][9]

Michigan StateEdit

Week 5: Michigan at Michigan State
1 234Total
Michigan 0 6010 16
Michigan State 3 030 6

On October 11, 1975, Michigan, ranked No. 8 by the AP, defeated No. 15 Michigan State, 16–6, in a nationally-televised game played before a crowd of 79,776 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

In the first three quarters, the scoring was limited to field goals, two by Michigan's Bob Wood and two by the Spartans' Danish kicker, Hans Nielsen. Both of the Spartans' field goals were set up by Michigan turnovers – a fumble by Gordon Bell at Michigan's 27-yard line in the first quarter and a fumbled punt by Dwight Hicks in the third quarter.[11][12]

At the end of the third quarter, Jim Smith fielded a punt at midfield and returned it to the Michigan State 39-yard line. On fourth-and-one, Rick Leach freed himself from a tackler behind the line of scrimmage and converted the first down. Two plays later, Gordon Bell put the Wolverines ahead with a 19-yard touchdown run. Wood later added his third field goal.[11][12]

Rob Lytle led the Wolverines for 111 yards on 20 carries, and Bell totaled 105 yards on 19 carries. Rick Leach completed two of six passes for 38 yards and was intercepted once. Michigan State fumbled five times, Michigan recovering three. [11][12]

NorthwesternEdit

Week 6: Northwestern at Michigan
1 234Total
Northwestern 0 000 0
Michigan 14 20728 69
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 86,201

On October 18, 1967, Michigan defeated Northwestern, 69-0, before a crowd of 86,201 at Michigan Stadium. It was Northwestern's worst loss since 1899, and Michigan had not achieved a greater margin of victory since its 85-0 victory over Chicago in 1939. Northwestern, coached by Bo Schembechler's college roommate John Pont, came into the game with a 3-2 record, having defeated Indiana the prior week by a 30-0 score.[13][14]

Michigan tied a Big Ten record with 573 rushing yards as three separate backs had 100-yard games. First-string tailback Gordon Bell, who did not play after the first quarter, gained 100 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Second-string tailback Rob Lytle, who did not play after halftime, gained 105 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns. Third-string tailback Harlan Huckleby added 157 yards on 18 carries and also scored two touchdowns.[13][14]

The defense held Northwestern to 115 total yards, had five turnovers (four fumble recoveries and an interception), and scored twice – first on a 23-yard interception return by linebacker Dave Devich and later, with less than a minute remaining in the game, freshman defensive end Tom Seabron ripped the ball from the hands of Northwestern's backup quarterback and returned it 40 yards. Northwestern's starting quarterback Randy Dean came into the game as the conference leader in total offense, but ended up with minus two rushing yards and completed only two of 11 passes for 24 yards.[13][14]

IndianaEdit

Week 7: Indiana at Michigan
1 234Total
Indiana 0 007 7
Michigan 14 20147 55
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

On October 25, 1975, Michigan defeated Lee Corso's Indiana Hoosiers, 55–7, before a homecoming crowd of 93,857 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan outgained Indiana, 576 yards to 145 yards. Rob Lytle rushed for 147 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries, and Gordon Bell added 117 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Jim Smith also had 77-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Rick Leach rushed for 52 yards and completed three of six passes for 42 yards. Russell Davis also scored two touchdowns. The Wolverines gave up no turnovers.[15]

MinnesotaEdit

Week 8: Michigan at Minnesota
1 234Total
Michigan 7 1407 28
Illinois 7 770 21
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Game attendance: 33,191
 

On November 1, 1975, Michigan defeated Minnesota, 28–21, before a crowd of 33,191 at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis. With the victory, the Little Brown Jug remained with the Wolverines for the eighth consecutive year.

Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, raised in Jackson, Michigan, completed 17 of 31 passes for 198 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Holmes that tied the score at 21-21 in the third quarter. With two touchdown passes in the game, Dungy broke Minnesota's school record with 10 touchdown passes during the 1975 season.[16][17] Minnesota's 21 points were the most scored against a Michigan team since 1969.[18]

Michigan rushed for 345 yards, as tailback Gordon Bell led the way with 172 rushing yards, pushing over 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year. Bell also scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner on a 23-yard run with 6:56 remaining in the game. The drive that led to Bell's second touchdown began when Dwight Hicks returned a punt 21 yards to Minnesota's 38-yard line. Rob Lytle added 80 yards and one touchdown.[16][17]

Michigan was penalized in the game for roughing the punter, fair catch interference, and multiple instances of pass interference, including a penalty called against Dwight Hicks that negated his goal-line interception and led to Minnesota's first touchdown. In addition, split end Jim Smith was ejected from the game for fighting with free safety Doug Beaudoin. After the game, Bo Schembechler criticized the officiating: "There was incompetence all around us today, and I don't mean either my ball club or the Minnesota team. I don't care if you are from Minnesota or not, what went on today was unbelievable officiating."[16][17]

PurdueEdit

Week 9: Purdue at Michigan
1 234Total
Purdue 0 000 0
Michigan 14 0014 28
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 102,414

On November 9, 1975, Michigan defeated Purdue, 28–0, before a crowd of 102,415 at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines out-gained the Boilermakers by a total of 501 yards to 288 yards. Rick Leach rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and completed six of nine passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. Gordon Bell added 94 rushing yards and Rob Lytle another 80 yards.[19]

The victory over Purdue was began Michigan's streak, which has now run for more than 44 years, in which 100,000 or more fans have attended every Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium.

IllinoisEdit

Week 10: Michigan at Illinois
1 234Total
• Michigan 14 070 21
Illinois 0 0015 15

On November 15, 1975, Michigan defeated Illinois, 21–15, before a crowd of 45,077 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois.

In the first quarter, Illinois fullback Steve Greene fumbled at the Illinois 30-yard line, and Michigan's Don Dufek recovered the loose ball. Two runs by Gordon Bell advanced the ball to the two-yard line, and Bell then scored on a two-yard run. Bob Wood's kick for extra point failed, and Michigan led, 6-0. On their next possession, the Wolverines drove 52 yards in 12 plays and scored on another short run by bell. Rob Lytle ran for a two-point conversion, and Michigan led, 14-0.[20][21]

In the second quarter, Michigan twice turned the ball over in Illinois territory, once at the 33-yard line and then by Bell at the 13-yard line.

In the third quarter, Dwight Hicks intercepted a halfback pass at Michigan's 32-yard line and returned it 22 yards to the Illinois 46-yard line. From there, the Wolverines drove 46 yards for their third touchdown, with Rick Leach scoring on a one-yard run.[20][21]

In the fourth quarter, Lytle fumbled at the Illinois 43-yard line, and Illini quarterback Kurt Steger threw passes of 23 yards to Fuzzie Johnson, nine yards to Jeff Chrystal, and then a five-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Illinois scored again on a short run by Jim "Chubby" Phillips and passed for a two-point conversion with 1:19 remaining. Illinois then attempted an onside kick, but Michigan tight end Mark Schmerge grabbed the ball to secure the victory.[20][21]

Michigan fumbled six times, losing it four times. Coach Schembechler described the fumbles as "the story of the game", adding: "There's never an excuse for a fumble. Never. Unless of course, someone has a heart attack running down the field. Otherwise, there's never an excuse. Those were my best men who dropped those balls."[21] Gordon Bell rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Dwight Hicks had two interceptions, and Dan Jilek had another.[20][21]

Ohio StateEdit

Week 11: Ohio State at Michigan
1 234Total
Ohio State 7 0014 21
Michigan 0 707 14
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 105,543
  • Game weather: Clear, 36 °F (2 °C)

On November 22, 1975, Michigan, ranked No. 4 by the AP, lost to No. 1 Ohio State, 21–14, at Michigan Stadium. The crowd of 105,543 established a new NCAA attendance record.[22] The loss ended Michigan's 41-game unbeaten streak at home.[23]

In the first quarter, Ohio State took a 7–0 lead on a 63-yard, 15-play drive ending with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Cornelius Greene to Pete Johnson. At the end of the second quarter, Michigan drove 80 yards in 11 plays, including a 30-yard pass from Rick Leach to Keith Johnson. Then, with 24 seconds remaining in the half, tailback Gordon Bell threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jim Smith. The game was tied, 7–7, at halftime.[23][22]

Michigan did not allow Ohio State to convert a first down in the third and fourth quarters. In the fourth quarter, Michigan drove 43 yards in 10 plays, and Leach ran one yard for a touchdown. Michigan led, 14–7, with 7:11 remaining. After Leach's touchdown, Ohio State rallied, driving 80 yards in 11 plays with Pete Johnson scoring on fourth-and-one to tie the score with 3:18 remaining. On Michigan's ensuing possession, Ohio State safety Ray Griffin intercepted a Leach pass at the Michigan 32-yard line and returned it to the three-yard line with 2:23 remaining. Pete Johnson scored on the next play, and Ohio had a 21-14 lead. On Michigan's final possession, Leach was again intercepted with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the game.[23][22]

On defense, Michigan held Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin to 46 yards on 19 carries – ending Griffin's NCAA record 31-game streak of 100-yard games. Ohio State coach Woody Hayes said afterward: "This is the best Arch has ever been defended. They played up front tight as hell, but it opened some things up for the pass."[23] Ohio State quarterback Cornelius Greene completed seven of 16 passes for 84 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Pete Johnson rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.[23][22]

Michigan out-gained the Buckeyes by 361 yards to 212 yards. Rick Leach completed seven of 20 passes for 102 yards and three interceptions (two of them in the final two-and-a-half minutes). Tailback Gordon Bell rushed for 124 yards on 21 carries, and fullback Rob Lytle contributed 104 yards on 18 carries.[23][22]

Orange BowlEdit

Orange Bowl: #4 Michigan Wolverines vs. #2 Oklahoma Sooners (10–1)
1 2 34Total
Michigan 0 0 066
Oklahoma 0 7 0714

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Awards seasonEdit

PersonnelEdit

Full rosterEdit

1975 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 5 Gordon Bell Sr
SE 29 Jerry Collins Sr
FB 34 Scott Corbin So
C 52 James Czirr Sr
FB Russell Davis Fr
G 60 Mark Donahue So
C 72 Walt Downing So
T 73 Bill Dufek So
QB 16 Mark Elzinga Sr
T 70 James Hall Jr
RB Harlan Huckleby Fr
C 51 Thomas Jensen Sr
TE Gene Johnson Fr
SE, DB 27 Keith Johnson Sr
T 73 Mike Kenn So
T 67 Steven King Sr
QB 7 Rick Leach Fr
G 74 Kirk Lewis Sr
FB 41 Rob Lytle Jr
G 63 Les Miles Sr
C 50 Steve Nauta Sr
TE 80 George Przygodski Sr
RB 43 Max Richardson So
TE Mark Schmerge Fr
SE 37 Jim Smith Jr
SE 85 Curt Stephenson Jr
G 69 Gerry Szara So
TE 89 Pete Traber So
SE 84 Richard White Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 86 John Anderson So
DB 22 Jim Bolden Jr
DB 4 Philip Brumbaugh Sr
MG 56 Tim Davis Sr
LB 55 David Devich Sr
DB 35 Don Dufek Sr
DT 71 John Hennessy Jr
S 17 Dwight Hicks Sr
DT 93 Bill Hoban Sr
DE 40 Michael Holmes Sr
CB 10 Derek Howard So
DE 81 Dan Jilek Sr
DB 21 Kurt Kampe Sr
MG 92 Richard Koschalk Sr
MG 62 Bob Lang Jr
LB 49 Rex Mackall So
DT 77 Greg Morton Jr
LB 96 Calvin O'Neal Jr
DT 97 Jeff Perlinger Sr
DE 90 Eric Phelps So
S 18 Jim Pickens So
DT 76 Charles Randolph Sr
DE, TE Tom Seabron Fr
LB 42 Michael Strabley Jr
DE 94 Greg Strinko Sr
LB 39 Jerry Vogele Jr
S 1 Dave Whiteford Jr
S 8 Jerry Zuver Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

  • John Anderson, defensive end, sophomore, Waukesha, Wisconsin – started 1 game at right defensive end
  • Jim Bolden, defensive back, junior, Akron, Ohio – started 11 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Philip J. Brumbaugh, defensive back, senior, Greenville, Ohio
  • Tim Davis, middle guard, senior, Warren, Ohio – started 11 games at middle guard
  • David Devich, linebacker, senior, Highland, Indiana – started all 12 games at middle linebacker
  • Don Dufek, wolfman, senior, East Grand Rapids, Michigan – started all 12 games at wolfman
  • John Hennessy, defensive tackle, junior, Chicago, Illinois – started 3 games at left defensive tackle, 1 at right defensive tackle
  • Dwight Hicks, safety, sophomore, Pennsauken, New Jersey – started 10 games at safety
  • Bill Hoban, defensive tackle, senior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Michael G. Holmes, defensive end, senior, Akron, Ohio – started 10 games at right defensive end, 1 at left defensive end
  • Derek Howard, defensive back, sophomore, Hamilton, Ohio – started 1 game at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Dan Jilek, defensive end, senior, Sterling Heights, Michigan – started all 12 games (11 at left defensive end, 1 at right defensive end)
  • Kurt Kampe III, defensive back, senior, Defiance, Ohio
  • Richard A. Koschalk, middle guard, senior, Toledo, Ohio – started 1 game at middle guard
  • Bob Lang, middle guard, junior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rex Mackall, linebacker, sophomore, Berea, Ohio
  • Greg Morton, defensive tackle, junior, Akron, Ohio – started 10 games at right defensive tackle, 1 at left defensive tackle
  • Calvin O'Neal, linebacker, junior, Saginaw, Michigan – started all 12 games at wide linebacker
  • Jeff Perlinger, defensive tackle, senior, Crystal, Minnesota – started 8 games at left defensive tackle
  • Eric Phelps, defensive end, sophomore, Salem, New Hampshire
  • Jim Pickens, safety, sophomore, Sylvania, Ohio – started all 12 games (11 at strong-side defensive halfback, 1 at safety)
  • Charles D. Randolph, defensive tackle, senior, Amelia, Ohio
  • Tom Seabron, defensive end – tight end, freshman, Detroit, Michigan
  • Michael Strabley, linebacker, junior, Massillon, Ohio
  • Greg Strinko, defensive end, senior, Middletown, Ohio
  • Jerry Vogele, linebacker, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dave Whiteford, safety, junior, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Jerry Zuver, safety, junior, Archbold, Ohio – started 1 game at strong-side defensive halfback

Professional footballEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Gordon Bell Running Back 4 104 New York Giants
Dan Jilek Linebacker 4 109 Buffalo Bills
Don Dufek Defensive Back 5 126 Seattle Seahawks
Steve King Tackle 5 129 New York Jets
Jim Czirr Center 9 252 Denver Broncos
Jeff Perlinger Defensive End 10 268 San Diego Chargers

[24]

Coaching staffEdit

StatisticsEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Gordon Bell 273 1390 5.1 13
Rob Lytle 193 1030 5.3 10
Rick Leach 113 552 4.9 5

PassingEdit

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Rick Leach 100 32 12 32.0 680 21.3 3 83
Mark Elzinga 23 8 3 34.8 133 16.6 1 28

ReceivingEdit

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Smith 24 553 23.0 4 83
Keith Johnson 6 130 21.7 0 29

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gordon Bell 9 227 25.2 0 64

Punt returnsEdit

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jim Smith 26 210 8.1 0 50
Dwight Hicks 9 63 7.0 0 21

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