Sometimes it’s fun to think about how one little play can change the outcome of a game, or perhaps an entire college football season. The 4th quarter against Northwestern this past Saturday provided several examples. I began to think about certain plays in Michigan football history that likely had a large impact on the respective team. Obviously there are plays that caused Michigan fans to rejoice (2005 Penn State for example) but there are certainly some that live in infamy. So I wanted to bring this to the MGoBlog community: If you could change the outcome of any ONE PLAY in Michigan football history, which play would it be and WHY? This is not meant to be a “woe is me” sort of post. I just had fun with it and thought some others might too. For me, it’s probably the Hail Mary from Kordell motherfuckin Stewart in 1994. I believe that single play cost them a special season… and I hate seeing it replayed.
I came up with a short list to jog your memories (though I doubt you need any help).
1973 Michigan versus Ohio State – Lantry misses last second field goal
1979 Rose Bowl versus USC – Phantom touchdown
1987 Rose Bowl versus Arizona State – holding called on successful fake punt
1990 versus MSU – Desmond tripped and pass incomplete on 2-pt conversion
2000 versus Northwestern – Anthony Thomas fumbles on “game clinching” possession
2001 versus MSU – 12 men on the field, Spartan Bob, you pick
2005 Rose Bowl versus Texas – Last second field goal is good
2006 versus OSU – Shawn Crable hits Troy Smith OOB
2007 versus App State – Last second field goal blocked
These are just the first few that came to mind. I’d love to read your contributions.