BTN is showing the '85 game right now. M wins 35-3.
Mike Lantry, 1972
Cass Techs head coach is one of Michigans running backs in the game.
85' is when I officially understood what football was and became a Michigan fan. Still to this day Harbaugh and Morris are two of my all-time favs.
Let's see...beat ND...check. Beat MSU...check. Beat Ohio...check. Bad-ass All-American QB...check. Big Ten Title...(*hiccup*...screw you, Hayden Fry)...New Year's Day Bowl win...check. Final ranking, #2 behind a Big 8 Penitentiary -er, POWERHOUSE, I mean. Pretty solid effort.
in the Fiesta Bowl that year finished #2 in polls.
...and that was coming off the 1984 disaster when Chris Zurbrugg and Russ Rein had to QB the team because Harbaugh was injured.
Is anyone else seeing that the South Carolina punter punts with his bare foot? Positively absurd.
Punters used to do that all the time back then. They're a weird bunch.
No one was ever able to give a good explanation as to why this was. But it was strictly an '80's thing.
ESPN's Page 2 weighed in on this a few years ago:
I tried a barefoot punt once in the backyard. The ball didn't go any farther, but my foot hurt a lot more. Maybe they were trying to be tough?
Same game, Michigan's place kicker is also barefoot!
I remember watching this as a 15-year old kid, being all nervous about the game having remembered losing to South Carolina and George Rogers years before. Michigan kicked their ass on both sides of the line--I miss those days.
Can you imagine getting back to those kinds of performances routinely? Make for a heck of a run by us if we could.
It's funny when you listen to the broadcast, Keith Jackson constantly refers to our players as "Michigan Men". I think that is where all that started, before Bo AD declaration concerning the basketball coach.
The "Michigan Man" thing goes back to Yost, if not further.
I attended this game. We had a nice tailgate before the game, so my memories are somewhat clouded by beer. Here are my random (some might say scattershot) recollections of that afternoon:
- Williams Brice Stadium kind of looks like a space ship from a distance.
- It was a very warm afternoon. So warm that a couple of Gamecock band members passed out on the field before the game, standing and waiting to do their "2001 Space Odyssey" music for the teams entrance.
- The stadium was very loud and the fans were very friendly. Of course, this was pre SEC days for SC.
- The SC fans I talked to considered this a very big game for them.
- Harbaugh and Morris were very good, as was Thomas Wilcher.
- Paul Jokisch was very tall.
- The fans remained friendly, even when Michigan was up 20 plus points in the second half.
- Michigan basically manhandled the Gamecocks. O and D lines were dominant.
I'm stuck at work today. 1985 was when I became an M fan thanks to Harbaugh and Morris. Anyone know if this will be replayed again?
For all the hype that Harbaugh and Morris get, the offense is what held that team back.
Great Fiesta Bowl vs. Bugeaters. Thought Paul Jokisch would be great receiver in NFL with Joe Montana. Game versus S. Carolina one of M's most dominant games on road for ever almost.