Great Debates

Give us YOUR opinion!

The book asks a series of questions about some of the greatest games, players and moments in recent Michigan history (1968-today).  Feel free to join the ongoing debate and give us your opinions.  You can even cast your official vote online beginning June 15 at www.press.umich.edu/survey/football.html.

Most memorable game

  • 21-16 National Championship win over WSU (1998 Rose Bowl)
  • 24-12 upset of Ohio State (1969)
  • 10-10 tie with Ohio State (1973)
  • 45-37 triple overtime victory vs. Michigan State (2004)

Greatest single game performance

  • Tim Biakabutuka’s 313 yards rushing against OSU (1995)
  • Ron Johnson’s Michigan record 347 yards & 5 rushing TDs against Wisc. (1968)
  • Chris Perry’s 51 carries against Michigan State (2003)
  • Tyrone Wheatley 235 yards (1991 Rose Bowl)
  • Charles Woodson’s punt ret TD/interception/37-yd rec vs. OSU  (1997)

Best special teams play

  • Remy Hamilton’s 42-yard last second FG to beat Notre Dame (1994)
  • Charles Woodson’s 78-yard punt return vs. OSU (1997)
  • Desmond Howard’s 93-yard punt return vs. OSU (1991)
  • Mike Lantry kicks first 50-yd FG in Michigan history (1973)
  • DeWayne Patmon’s tackle of Tim Dwight vs. Iowa (1997)

Best running back

  • Anthony Thomas
  • Jamie Morris
  • Tyrone Wheatley
  • Ron Johnson
  • Mike Hart

Best receiver

  • Anthony Carter
  • Tai Streets
  • Braylon Edwards
    Marquise Walker
  • David Terrell

Best quarterback

  • Brian Griese
  • Rick Leach
  • Chad Henne
  • Elvis Grbac
  • Tom Brady

Best offensive lineman

  • Jon Jansen
  • Jake Long
  • Jumbo Elliott
  • Steve Everett
  • Steve Hutchinson

Best comeback victory

  • Michigan-38   Minnesota-35 (2003)
  • Michigan-45   Michigan State-37 (2004)
  • Michigan-27   Penn State-25 (2005)
  • Michigan-18   Virginia-17  (1995)
  • Michigan-28   Iowa-24 (1997)

Best catch

  • Mario Manningham TD vs. PSU (2005)
  • Desmond Howard TD vs. Notre Dame (1991)
  • Charles Woodson one-handed interception vs. MSU (1997)
  • Anthony Carter game-winning TD vs. Indiana (1979)
  • Braylon Edwards game-winning 3-OT catch vs. MSU (2004)

Best defensive player

  • Charles Woodson
  • Mark Messner
  • Steve Morrison
  • Ty Law
  • Ron Simpkins

 

 

 

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