We have Instant Replay bascially because of JoePa's whining during our 11 year role as their Maize and Blue Overlords. It then spread to the rest of college football.
this guy evidently hired to work for AD
We have Instant Replay bascially because of JoePa's whining during our 11 year role as their Maize and Blue Overlords. It then spread to the rest of college football.
MSU vs. M 1997 - Woodson's one handed int. Didn't end up affecting the score really, but still the one of the best plays I've ever seen and one of my best memories from that season.
Not just a "too many men on the field" penalty for the Huskies (only five yards), but an "Illegal participation" penalty (for 15). And then Brabbs comes through after the team had already missed a series of kicks throughout the day.
#4 was Mercury Hayes.
I'm pretty sure it was Mercury Hayes that caught the pass in the UVA game. Him or Toomer. Todd Collins' first game and he broke a shit load of records because they had to come from behind late.
Edit: I need to learn to scroll. Sry.
dreisbach, collins was gone
collins first game was oklahoma st in 1992 i think
and he threw the winning TD to Hayes.
Jesus, yeah. Can I give back that post and all my points?
4. Mercury Hayes. And that play was truly a game of inches. Hell, millimeters.
Keep in mind, this goes the other way too. Inches we're glad we got.
Wisconsin last year. Push-off in the end zone negates the 2pt conversion for the AWESOME win. It's odd... I was to both the best and worst game last year.
It was an illegal formation that wiped out the two-pointer. But I suppose that simply reinforces the fact that we won by a matter of inches.
I was once hanging in Toledo and a guy showed up and said me and the Ohio State fan next to me could both have one turn with his time machine.
I used it to go back in time and kill Guele in 1932. The Ohio State fan went back and gave Troy Smith our defensive playbook in 2006.
We came back to discover that Carr had lost to Ohio State, and Smith had won the Heisman, and then lost to Florida (!?) in the national championship game.
He took away not one, but TWO victories over Ohio State with that!!!
No national championship. No perfect season. No sending out Carr with two back-to-back wins over OSU in one season.
And no Head Coach Ron English (I guess that means the war between GBMW and the WLA over English never occurred either). Instead, Carr stuck around another year, then we had to do a massive coaching search with flight stalking, getting West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez, who got a bare cabinet and we ended up going 3-9 in 2008 (with losses to all three rivals!!!)
And as for my change: turns out some Austrian prick named Adolf took Guele's place and made WWII and the Holocaust even worse.
So remember kids, if you get the chance to change history, change a sporting event, because destiny will probably be too lazy to change it back.
are my new favorite poster here! Freaking awesome. I love reading what you write. (No homo)
Sorry everyone. You all suck now compared to the glory of Misopogan.
I'd vote for the 1980 game against South Carolina (and that year's Heisman winner George Rogers). Michigan was losing by three late in the game, and opted to go for it on fourth and long deep in SC territory. (Remember: no OT back then). The pass (From Wangler, or maybe Hewitt) was head toward a seemingly open Anthony Carter in the back of the endzone. A Gamecock managed to tip the ball ever so slightly, and the ball fluttered just over AC's reach (he may have gotten a finger on it as well). Final Score SC 17, Michigan 14.
Michigan fell to 1-2, but won out and finished the year #4 in the polls.
Everyone remembers Chuck Winters and Colorado, but there were so many games that turn on somethng so small and effect the whole season. That is another potential NC team for Bo that was derailed by something so small.
Great pull on the old Gamecock game.
Marion Body drops an interception on Notre Dame's last drive. They kick a field goal in the last seconds and win by 2.
I wanted to add that we could have won that South Carolina game a number of different ways. As I remember, there were two red zone fumbles in the first half. Oh, and that pass interference call on third down on the game-winning drive (somebody tried to tackle George Rogers without realizing he didn't have the ball).
Great post. I think he got a finger on the kick in #6 though. A second finger is a Michigan victory.
with Betty Jean McDougle back in 87. Sigh....
when you take the game of inches to the bedroom it is never good to come up short
How bout the "Phantom Touchdown" by USC in the 1979 Rose Bowl? I'd love to reverse that play.
Blocked field goal, which would have put us up 15-6 in the Fourth Quarter. Instead 7 in UW's favor on the blocked kick return. Then on I think our first offensive play after the block, a pass skips off of our WR's hands and ends up a pick six for UW. BRUTAL. (And I totally don't remember it being the weekend before the NYC/DC terrorist attacks. Wierd.)
From the AP wire that day:
"Omare Lowe needed less than a minute to ruin
Lowe blocked a field goal attempt that was returned 77 yards for
a touchdown and took back an interception 27 yards for a score
51 seconds later to lift 15th-ranked Washington past No. 10
. . .
Michigan controlled the tempo for the first three quarters and
had a 12-6 lead when Hayden Epstein lined up for a 33-yard field
it came off chris perry's hands as i remember
That one was particularly painful for me. The kicking game was just an absolute mess that year.
I had almost managed to forget about this game.
was on a little swing pass to Perry. Bounced off his hands right into the hands of an oncoming defender who easily made the endzone.
I can remember leaving the stadium depressed thinking UM had just lost the opener and what do ya know. Walking in front of Pioneer High School with everyone that also gave up on the game in the waning minutes was pleasantly surprised with people honking their horns and going crazy as the game-winning field goal fell through the uprights. Can't wait for another season-opening victory...need one against Western
navarre fumbling off his knee on about the osu 30 at the end of the 2002 game is up there
i punched a big hole in my wall when he did that
It wasn't until 2001 when i was ten and could dtart watching the games and caring about them. SO games I remember are:
2001 Michigan State
2001 Ohio State
2002 Ohio State
2005 Rose Bowl Texas
2005 Notre Dame
2005 Ohio State
2005 Alamo Bowl Nebraska
2006 Ohio State
2007 Appalachian State
Seriously. When they played Iowa the next week, they played like they were completely demoralized and they only lost because of that weird two-point conversion attempt.
I don't think we would have beaten Washington in the Rose Bowl, though.
I was at that Rose Bowl game vs Washington. They dominated us.
The 1992 Rose Bowl (34-14 thumping) is why I don't think we'd have won the 1991 Rose Bowl. If we'd gone.
We lost to Michigan State on that no-call on the 2-pt conversion no-call. The next week, the team was demoralized and lost to Iowa after another 2-pt conversion mishap (or maybe they just missed the PAT, I don't remember anymore). Iowa went on to the Rose Bowl where they were thumped 46-34 or thereabouts.
My argument is that, had Desmond Howard hung onto the 2-pt attempt against MSU, Michigan would have played a better game against Iowa and won a trip to the Rose Bowl. Washington wasn't quite as good that year as they were the next, though, but I think they still would have won.
This is painful.
On that Northwestern game, not many people recall that Michigan had a chance at a long, game-tying fieldgoal, but a high snap slipped through freshman John Navarre's hands and into Hayden Epstein's. He then completed a pass to a random tight end who was soon tackled. Game over.
It was a long kick - probably 50 yards or so. But Epstein had a strong wind at his back and was really booming his kicks in the halftime warmup. I always wish he would have just thrown the ball away (possibly stopping the clock with one second), or of course if the snap-place-hold thing had worked out. If ever a game deserved to go to overtime, it was that one. Of course, the way that the two defenses were playing that day, the game would probably still be going on right now...
Was at that game and it was just ridiculous. I also remember being soooo disappointed that Epstein didn't get a chance to kick that ball.
The worst thing about that game was walking to the purple line afterwards some NW student got right in my face and said, "we're smarter than you AND better at football". For once in my life I had absolutely nothing to say.
I guess you did encounter a (somewhat) smarter one, but the random NU fan who decided to stick to me said, "Hahaha. Go back to Lansing." I don't need to list the assortment of things wrong with that statement. In sum: Northwestern fans are generally imbeciles when it comes to college football.
I hate Chuck Long. I cried.
I readily grant you #8. That was cold-blooded assault.
Haven't read all the responses so not sure if others have mentioned these.
1. Alamo Bowl vs Nebraska. I'd almost rather have Avants fumble back. UM still winning and looking to run out the clock. Everyone expecting run and UM throws it to Avant who was in the flat with the defender. Avant gets tackled it's a nice gain. Instead Avant fumbles.
2. OSU 2006. I'd love to have the pass back that Henne and MM missed each other on the second series. If MM catches the ball in stride, it's a TD. Not sure if UM would have gone on to win, but they would have been up 14-7.
3. OSU 1979 - the blocked punt.
As much as the hail mary hurts, Foster's fumble deep in Colorado territory gave the Buffs the chance to win it I think.
IIRC, we were up 26-14 and seemingly in complete control when Foster fumbled. If we'd simply kicked a field goal on that possession, we would have been guaranteed at least a tie.
A few inches this way or that would have changed the outcome in each one of these games.
1972 Ohio State 14, Michigan 11--No. 3 Michigan outgained the Buckeyes 344-192 in yardage, but was rebuffed twice on goal-line stands and saw its Rose Bowl hopes dashed. Michigan back Harry Banks apparently scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but officials ruled he never crossed the plane. OSU earned the trip to Pasadena, and because of the criminally stupid Big Ten it's-the-Rose-Bowl-or-nothing bowl game policy, 10-1 Michigan stayed home for the holidays.
1973 Michigan 10, OSU 10 Poor Mike Lantry had two chances in the fourth quarter to kick FGs to put us in the lead, but alas no go. Because of the still criminally stupid Big Ten it's-the-Rose-Bowl-or-nothing bowl game policy, 10-0-1 Michigan stayed home for the holidays.
1974 OSU 12, Michigan 10 Lantry tries for the winning field goal as time expires and kicks it so high above the goal posts that the refs can't see that the kick was good. Because of the yet still criminally stupid Big Ten it's-the-Rose-Bowl-or-nothing bowl game policy, 10-1 Michigan stayed home for the holidays.
(Starting with the 20-9 defeat to OSU in 1970, Michigan went 50-3-1 from 1970 through 1974, which is one of the best 5-year runs for any program in college football history, and yet they went to exactly one bowl game. Those who started following the team in 1975 or later can't really comprehend the punch in the nuts it was to see those great teams stay at home while other teams in the country with 2, 3, or 4 losses got to play in bowl games. There's no question that had those teams been able to play in the Cotton, Orange, or Sugar Bowls, Bo would not have had to wait until the Jan 1, 1981 Rose Bowl for his first bowl victory.)
1972 Stanford 13, Michigan 12- Rod Garcia kicks a short field goal at the end of the game to give #4 Michigan its first defeat of the season at the hands of the #16-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
1976 Undefeated and #1 ranked Michigan stinks up the joint down at Purdue, but Bobby Wood has a chance to kick the game-winning field goal as time expires. As Bob Ufer memorably groans, "It's good!...no good, no good..."
1973-76 were the falls that I was a student, so I feel your pain. Don't forget the 1975 game when Corny Greene was trapped about 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage and somehow escaped and led OSU to a tying touchdown and then another later and Michigan lost its first of the season (two ties earlier in non-conference).
But I will go back further, to when I was 8-years old, and undefeated Michigan trailed Purdue 20-14 late. Bob Timberlake led the Wolverines to a touchdown with about 6 minutes left, but was stopped short of the goal on the 2-point conversion attempt. Michigan ran the table the rest of the way and got the Rose Bowl bid over Ohio State because OSU had one fewer conference game. Oregon State fell to the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl, 34-7. Michigan would have likely won the National Championship with the win over Purdue and its sophomore quarterback, Bob Griese.
More recently the 1988 game against Miami (that Miami). Michigan led late and a sideline pass completion gave Michigan the first down which would allow it to run out the clock. Jimmy Johnson convince the ref that the receiver (don't remember who) did not have possession until he was OOB, refs changed call, Steve Walsh leads Miami to game-winning score, Michigan loses 31-30. This was a week after a loss to ND that is mentioned in diary.
Re the 1976 game, before Wood's missed FG, Jim Smith was 10 yards behind the nearest defender when he dropped a long pass from RIck Leach. Ufer, in his most inappropriate comment ever, said it was the biggest bomb dropped since Hiroshima.
Michigan Ohio State 2001- Tressel's first game. Marquise Walker has a sure touchdown bounce off of his shoulder pads. If he catches that, Tressel probably wouldn't have made good on his promise upon taking the head coaching job and we might be looking at a different outcome in several future Michigan-Ohio State games.
If I remember correctly, it was either late 3rd or erly 4th quarter, UM was down 23-7 and uncle mo appeared to be favoring UM. Quick slant over the middle. It was bullet but hit Walker in the hands, incomplete. To add insult to injury, UM missed a chip shot field goal on the next play.
Great list and very entertaining. However, quite painful.
FTR, I was at that Washington game in 2001 and it sucked ass.
But nothing, nothing compares to the Appy State game and the humiliation that followed. Damn you Shawn Crable. There were inches everywhere in that game for us.
Maybe we're biased, but has Michigan been screwed by an extraordinarily high amount of bad calls and unfair policies (Big 10 Rose Bowl rules, 1973, that thief Tom Osborne) for the past 40 years? Granted, we've had calls go our way as well. For all we know, fans of other teams may also have that list of missed calls that bugs them to this day.
No joke, I had nightmares of the blocked FG of the App St catastrophe. I was hooking up with a girl that Labor Day weekend, and she told me that she heard me groaning "App State" in my sleep. I just kept seeing that goddamn blocked FG played over and over again. Yes, I'm pathetic.
Ask some Penn State fans how they feel about Michigan series, also several undefeated seasons that did not get them MNCs. (soft schedule gets some blame on those)
Remember, it works both ways. Let's not forget the set-up for what some consider the most exciting play in the history of Michigan Stadium, Anthony Carter's Uferific catch-and-run on the final play vs. Indiana.
The set-up was a blatantly intentional fumble out of bounds to stop the clock. Just ask the Indiana coach, one Lee Corso.
1. Clockgate ... not sure if this counts because after all we did win, just grandpa state running the clock had a quick trigger finger
2. OSU '05 ... either change our cleats for the new turf brfoe the game or the crable hit
3. State '09 .... We were only down by 7 in what would of been the funniest win over lil bro if we could have won last yr, but were down 7 late in the fourth when we throw a idiotic pick and then then went on a fourth and short when a field goal would of fiished us ... this game was actually on espnu a little bit ago and was much closer than i remember
"We all have that first loss when you’re old enough to know what’s really going on and you’ve developed enough of a passion that it *matters*."
Indeed, and this happened to be Colorado.
2 plays in that game. The first half Michigan punt where our punter puts his knee down fielding a low snap, and the last 2nd Rick Leach drive that ends when the ball rolls over our running back's back (Huckleby?, Davis?) and into the hands of Michael Jackson for the Huskies. If we win, we're National Champs, no?