So I thought I'd share my favorite Wolverine Historian video today. It's the 1977 matchup in the Big House against Texas A & M here:
Why I love this video:
1. Keith Jackson
2. This is Michigan football at the peak of its intimidation. Where the helmets and the stadium and the fight song really did count for at least 2 touchdowns a game. First, watch the two teams take the field. A & M, as Jackson notes, has never played before a crowd of over 100,000. And you can tell. Their jog onto the field seems tentative, at best. I swear you can see some of them looking in amazement at the stands. Now check out at :30 when Michigan storm out of the tunnel like a pack of Barwisized wolves ready to kill. And the kicker: Jackson notes that the Aggies "gathered to watch Michigan come in. They applauded along with the crowd." This game is over before it starts.
3. An early fumble leads to A & M's awesome barefoot kicker booting a short FG to put the Aggies ahead. From there on, it's a massacre.
4. This video demonstrates the passing prowess of Rick Leach. Schembechler is transitioning away from 3 yards and a cloud of dust, and Anthony Carter isn't far behind.
5. We had a position called Wolfman. At 4:22 Dwight Hicks, #17, last seen leading the charge out of the tunnel, gets an easy pick, allowing for this awesome Jackson call: "The Wolfman picks it off and Michigan is back in business!" Hicks then does some pretty sweet highsteppin'.
6. Michigan absolutely smothers an Aggie punt at 5:50. Beamer Ball in the Big House!
7. Defensive domination. 7 TOs for A & M.
8. The crowd seems unusually raucous. This couldn't possibly be the younger version of the Down In Front crowd, could it? Maybe it's some post-Watergate/Vietnam, anti-disco, punk rock anger spewing into the athletics arena.
Last note: Did some quick counting, and I've got Michigan with a 59-4-3 record in Ann Arbor during the 70s. Kudos again to the Wolverine Historian, the best thing on YouTube, even better than Tom Brady's MarquisJet sponsored page.