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.
|2005 Michigan Wolverines football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2005 record||7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Lloyd Carr (11th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Terry Malone (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Jim Herrmann (9th season)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium|
|2005 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 3 Penn State $+||7||–||1||11||–||1|
|No. 4 Ohio State %+||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|No. 15 Wisconsin||5||–||3||10||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 3||3:30 p.m.||Northern Illinois*||No. 4||ABC||W 33–17||110,971|
|September 10||12:00 p.m.||No. 20 Notre Dame*||No. 3||ABC||L 10–17||111,386|
|September 17||12:00 p.m.||Eastern Michigan*||No. 14||ESPN+||W 55–0||109,511|
|September 24||6:00 p.m.||at Wisconsin||No. 14||ESPN2||L 20–23||83,022|
|October 1||12:00 p.m.||at No. 11 Michigan State||ABC||W 34–31 OT||79,401|
|October 8||1:00 p.m.||Minnesota||No. 21||ABC||L 20–23||111,117|
|October 15||3:30 p.m.||No. 8 Penn State||ABC||W 27–25||111,249|
|October 22||12:00 p.m.||at Iowa||ABC||W 23–20 OT||70,585|
|October 29||7:00 p.m.||at No. 21 Northwestern||No. 25||ESPN||W 33–17||47,130|
|November 12||12:00 p.m.||Indiana||No. 21||ESPN2||W 41–14||110,580|
|November 19||1:00 p.m.||No. 9 Ohio State||No. 17||ABC||L 21–25||111,591|
|December 28||8:00 p.m.||vs. Nebraska*||No. 20||ESPN||L 28–32||63,016|
The team led the conference in kick return average in all games (23.4), while Michigan State led in conference games. 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. 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.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Co-captains: Jason Avant, Pat Massey
- Academic All-American: Avant (second team)
- All-Conference: Jason Avant, Matt Lentz, Adam Stenavich, Gabe Watson
- Most Valuable Player: Jason Avant
- Meyer Morton Award: Tim Massaquoi
- John Maulbetsch Award: Chad Henne
- Frederick Matthei Award: Leon Hall
- Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Paul Sarantos, David Schoonover
- Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Adam Stenavich
- Robert P. Ufer Award: Tim Massaquoi
- Roger Zatkoff Award: David Harris
- Dick Katcher Award: Alan Branch
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