When the team takes the field this Saturday against the Gophers in Minneapolis, it will be the first time since 1981 that the game won't be played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
The Metrodome has had a bad reputation over the years. It's dark, it's blah, it's not the on campus stadium that makes college football feel so special. But as a Michigan fan, it's hard not to feel some kind of attachment to that building when your team has a perfect 12-0 record there. During those 12 wins, we've seen some notable moments:
*In 2003, we had the biggest comeback in school history after trailing 28-7 in the 4th quarter.
*In 1987, Jamie Morris broke the all time Michigan rushing record.
*In 1983, Steve Smith ran for a 75 yard touchdown, a school record run for a Michigan QB held until Denard Robinson arrived.
*In 2008, Nick Sheridan & company looked like a competent team.
*In 1991 and 2003, Michigan played their only 2 non-Saturday regular season games there (that I know of off the top of my head.)
*In 1989, Bo earned a share of his 13th Big Ten title there. We would get the outright title the following week beating the Buckeyes.
That dome may not have been much to look at but it certainly gave us plenty to smile about, unless your name is Tony Boles. So, with the exception of Tony's knee injury, I say to the Metrodome: Thanks for the memories. May we have as much success at Minnesota's new stadium that we had here.