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1988 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the first of five consecutive Big Ten Conference championships.[1]

1988 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 22–14 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1988 record9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (20th season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Moeller (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLloyd Carr (2nd season)
MVPMark Messner
CaptainMark Messner
CaptainJohn Vitale
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 101,701)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Michigan $ 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
No. 20 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 109:00 p.m.at No. 13/11 Notre Dame*No. 9/10CBSL 17–1959,075
September 173:30 p.m.No. 1/1 Miami (FL)*No. 15/16ABCL 30–31105,834
September 241:00 p.m.Wake Forest*No. 19/NR
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 19–9102,776
October 12:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 19/19W 62–1461,180
October 812:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 17/20
Big 10 Synd.W 17–3106,208
October 153:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 15/17ABCT 17–1767,700
October 223:30 p.m.No. 14/14 Indiana No. 20/NR
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 31–6106,104
October 292:00 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 14/14W 52–733,647
November 53:30 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 14/13
ABCW 22–7102,171
November 121:00 p.m.IllinoisNo. 13/12
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 38–9105,714
November 1912:00 p.m.at Ohio StateNo. 12/11ABCW 34–3190,176
January 1, 19895:00 p.m.vs. No. 5/5 USC*No. 11/11ABCW 22–14101,688

RankingsEdit

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 15 Final 
AP 11 10 9 15 19 19 17 15 20 14 14 13 12 11 11 11 4 
Coaches 10 (1) 10 (1) 10 16 RV 20 20 17 RV 14 13 12 11 10 11 11 4

[2]


Game summariesEdit

Notre DameEdit

1 234Total
#9 Michigan 0 773 17
#13 Notre Dame 10 306 19

Miami (FL)Edit

1 234Total
#1 Miami (FL) 7 7017 31
#15 Michigan 3 1737 30

[3][4]

Wake ForestEdit

WisconsinEdit

Michigan StateEdit

Kicker Mike Gillette scored on a 40-yard fake punt run, a play that was put in during halftime, and kicked a 30-yard field goal as Michigan's defense registered five sacks and an interception against the winless Spartans.[6]

IowaEdit

IndianaEdit

NorthwesternEdit

MinnesotaEdit

IllinoisEdit

Ohio StateEdit

The Game
1 234Total
Michigan 10 10014 34
Ohio State 0 01417 31
  • Date: September 10
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 12:10 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 90,176
  • Game weather: Overcast
  • Referee: John Nealow

[7][8]

Rose BowlEdit

PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

  • Tony Boles – started 10 games at tailback (team's leading rusher in 1988 with 1,408 yards)
  • Demetrius Brown – started 3 games at quarterback (48 of 84 for 775 passing yards)
  • Jeffrey Brown – started 11 games at tight end
  • Jarrod Bunch – started 5 games at fullback
  • Chris Calloway – started 5 games at flanker and 1 game at split end (led team with 4 touchdown catches)
  • Dave Chester – started 2 games at left guard
  • Dean Dingman – started 12 games at right guard
  • Tom Dohring – started 10 games at left tackle
  • Leroy Hoard – started 6 games at fullback and 1 game at tailback (team's second leading rusher in 1988 with 752 yards)
  • Chris Horn – started 1 game at fullback
  • Mike Husar – started 10 games at left guard and 2 games at left tackle
  • John Kolesar – started 7 games at flanker (team's second leading receiver with 18 catches for 356 yards)
  • Greg McMurtry – started 10 games at split end (team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 470 yards)
  • Greg Skrepenak – started 12 games at right tackle
  • Michael Taylor – started 9 games at quarterback (65 for 122 for 957 passing yards)
  • John Vitale – started 12 games at center
  • Derrick Walker – started 1 game at tight end and 1 game at split end
  • Tracy Williams – started 1 game at tailback

DefenseEdit

  • Bobby Abrams – started 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Erick Anderson – started 6 games at inside linebacker (led team with 77 tackles)
  • David Arnold – started 10 games at cornerback
  • Mike Evans – started 1 game at defensive tackle
  • J. J. Grant – started 9 games at inside linebacker (tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • Mark Gutzwiller, defensive back
  • John Hermann – started 2 games at defensive tackle
  • David Key – started 12 games at cornerback (fifth on the team with 63 tackles)
  • Alex Marshall – started 9 games at outside linebacker
  • Mark Messner – started 12 games at defensive tackle (fourth on the team with 70 tackles)
  • Anthony Mitchell – started 1 game at outside linebacker
  • Vada Murray – started 12 games at free safety (second on team with 4 interceptions)
  • T. J. Osman – started 12 games at middle guard
  • Todd Plate – started 2 games at cornerback
  • Marc Spencer – started 3 games at inside linebacker
  • Tripp Welborne – started 12 games at strong safety (led team with five interceptions; tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • Brent White – started 9 games at defensive tackle
  • Tim Williams – started 2 games at outside linebacker

Special teamsEdit

  • Tony Boles – kick off returns (14 returns for an average of 24.1 yards)
  • Mike Gillette – placekicker (18 of 27 on field goals) and punter (46 punts for an average of 39.9 yards)
  • Gulam Khan – placekicker (0 for 1 on field goals)
  • John Kolesar – kickoff returns (13 returns for an average of 23.5 yards); punt returns (17 returns for an average of 11.9 yards)

Awards and honorsEdit

  • All-Americans: Mark Messner, John Vitale
  • All-Conference: Mark Messner, John Vitale, Mike Husar, John Kolesar, Tony Boles, Mike Gillette, David Arnold
  • Most Valuable Player: Mark Messner
  • Meyer Morton Award: John Vitale
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tripp Welborne
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Warde Manuel
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: David Weil
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mark Messner
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Mark Messner
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: John Kolesar

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. 2010-01-05. p. 68. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  2. ^ "Michigan 1988 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hurricanes blow past Wolverines." Eugene Register-Guard. 1988 Sept 18.
  4. ^ "Miami Doesn't Wilt in Michigan Heat" Chicago Tribune. 1988 Sept 18.
  5. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  6. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1988 Oct 9. Retrieved 2015-Oct-04.
  7. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/1988/1988-11-Michigan.pdf
  8. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1988 Nov 20.

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