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2005 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 2005 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. That year Michigan Wolverines football competed in the Big Ten Conference in almost all intercollegiate sports including men's college football. Despite a disappointing 7–5 finish after being ranked as high as #2 early in the season, Michigan did not lose a game by more than a touchdown and upset Penn State, who finished #3 in the nation, on a last second touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham. The team earned an invitation to participate in the 2005 Alamo Bowl, where it lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a 32–28 margin. The team's first five conference games were all decided in the final 24 seconds of regulation or in overtime.[1]

2005 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Alamo Bowl, L 28–32 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2005 record7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachLloyd Carr (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorTerry Malone (4th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Herrmann (9th season)
Base defenseMultiple
MVPJason Avant
CaptainJason Avant
CaptainPat Massey
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,501)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Penn State $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 4 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 2  
No. 15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 33:30 p.m.Northern Illinois*No. 4ABCW 33–17110,971
September 1012:00 p.m.No. 20 Notre Dame*No. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
ABCL 10–17111,386
September 1712:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan*No. 14
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPN+W 55–0109,511
September 246:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 14ESPN2L 20–2383,022
October 112:00 p.m.at No. 11 Michigan StateABCW 34–31 OT79,401
October 81:00 p.m.Minnesota No. 21
ABCL 20–23111,117
October 153:30 p.m.No. 8 Penn State
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 27–25111,249
October 2212:00 p.m.at IowaABCW 23–20 OT70,585
October 297:00 p.m.at No. 21 NorthwesternNo. 25ESPNW 33–1747,130
November 1212:00 p.m.IndianaNo. 21
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPN2W 41–14110,580
November 191:00 p.m.No. 9 Ohio StateNo. 17
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
ABCL 21–25111,591
December 288:00 p.m.vs. Nebraska*No. 20ESPNL 28–3263,016
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

Michigan StateEdit

Paul Bunyan Trophy: Michigan Wolverines (2–2) at #11 Michigan State Spartans (4–0)
1 2 34OTTotal
Michigan 14 10 07334
Michigan St 7 14 37031

at Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan

Penn StateEdit

Penn State at Michigan
1 234Total
Penn State 0 0322 25
Michigan 0 3717 27

IowaEdit

1 234OTTotal
Michigan 0 7376 23
Iowa 7 7033 20

[2]

Statistical achievementsEdit

The team led the conference in kick return average in all games (23.4), while Michigan State led in conference games.[3] Mike Hart set the school record for career 200-yard games (4), passing Ron Johnson's 3 set in 1968. He extended the record, which is still standing, to 5 in 2007.[4] His 200-yard game came after missing two and a half games due to injury. During the three injury-affected games Michigan lost to Notre Dame and Wisconsin and slipped out of the polls for the first time since 1998, snapping the nation's longest streak of 114-straight poll appearances.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lopresti, Mike (October 23, 2005). "Six unbeatens must fit into two slots for shot at title". USA Today. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Iowa's Home Win Streak Ends With OT Loss". ESPN. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. January 5, 2010. p. 59. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Record Book" (PDF). CBS Interactive. January 5, 2010. p. 115. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Spartans' first loss at hand of nemesis Wolverines". ESPN. October 1, 2005. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Michigan's Academic All-Americans". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved July 10, 2010.

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