The first Under the Lights Game with Notre Dame. NEVER experienced anything like it.
The first Under the Lights Game with Notre Dame. NEVER experienced anything like it.
People were still partying in the stadium hours after the game had ended, I've never experienced anything like that.
I'd have to say game-wise, though, UTL II was by far the best I've ever attended.
UTL 1 was by far and away my favorite game that I attended in person.
Favorite game from TV is any win over OSU or ND.
ULT 1 by far it's not even close. I hate everything about Shitbend and BLOsu. Go Blue!
I litterally broke two fingers slamming the the boards in the last row after we scored the last TD.
UTL 1. After ND scored I went outside to vent and a few minutes later I heard screaming inside and saw Gallon streaking down the right side of the field and then cutting across the middle.
The football gods were shining on Ann Arbor that night. And it's a feeling I won't forget.
The 2009 game VS ND. After the 3-9 season, I wasn't giving my first game at the Big House a chance. It just blew me away and got me totally hooked.
1997 Penn State. Judgment Day.
The most dominating performance by a Michigan team I've ever seen. Kick started a decade of Michigan victories over PSU. It is hard to believe 2007 was the last year we beat them.
2007 @ MSU. Pure silence in Spartan Stadium after Mario's last-minute touchdown. Then the little brother comments happend...
1997 Penn State and 1997 Ohio are tied for the best games I've ever seen on TV.
UTL 1 was not only the best Michigan game that I've ever attended, but the greatest sporting event that I've ever attended!
I was seven and got in trouble for cussing when Charles Woodson got pushed down on Leaf's 50 yard completion that gave them a chance.
Second would have to be the 2003 Ohio State vs Michigan game. The 100th of the series, both teams were fantastic and BIG HITTERS, and Chris Perry took it to them for 4 quarters. Oh, I miss the days.
My friends and I still talk about that game.
When Perry went down and the stadium was silent, then the whole place was chanting "Perry, Perry.." The guy got up, you could tell he was hurting the whole game, but the guy just demolished them the rest of the game. We were calling that game beast mode way before Marshawn Lynch existed..
I still can't find the words for it, it was the kind of thing that only happens in movies.
Tie for me. MSU 2004 AKA "Braylonfest". Down 27-10 with under 6 minutes to go, taking shit all game from druken MSU fans and then the comeback started with a field goal. I have NEVER heard the Big House that loud and the place literally shook (watch the replay of the game and you'll see what I mean) during OT. I was screaming at the MSU fans "not dead yet" as it unfolded and left the game with zero vocal cords and my feet and hands were bleeding from hitting the stands. Totally wild game.
Rose Bowl 1998 where we won the MNC for the first time in my life. Unbelievably exciting game with a crazy finish. Afterwards the band set up right in front of our section and team ran into the stands high-fiving everyone and we all sang the victors over and over and over and over till we couldnt sing anymore with the team. I still get chills thinking about it.
A few years ago I had cancer surgery and right before I went under the anesthesiologist told me to go to my "happy place". I went back to Pasadena that day.
Braylonfest was one of the most memorable games I've attended. There was this obnoxious, fat ass Spartan fan standing in the aisle, pointing at all the UM fans while signing his insignificant fight song. He was happy as a pig in shit while we all just sat on our hands.
Watching that game unfold and listening the crowd get louder as the skies grew darker was such a great experience. I was there with my young son (current UM student now), and it was an onforgettable moment. I never saw fat boy after the end, but I'm sure his expression was glorious.
Either we sat near each other or there were more than one obnoxious, fat ass Spartan fan at that game.
Remember the crazy wind? We came home and our Rainbow play set was blown over. Took 4 men to put it back. Or the wind was from the Spartans, all full of hot air....
That was a great game. We were getting owned for 3 quarters. Stanton went down and it was all over from there. It was my first time ever at the Big House, I had flip flops on and had to take a piss...bad mistake. Taking a leak shoulder to shoulder in the floor just soaked my feet. Getting that W made it worth it. My 2nd favorite game I attended was at MSU when Perry toted the rock like 50+ times. That was great to see as UM had a bull of a line.
That sealed the deal of being a Michigan fan for life at the age of 12.
24-12 -- the real start of the Bo era -- has got to be hands down the choice. I was hired by ABC to assist in the production and before the game, they were worried about keeping fans interested in the second half, since they were assuming OSU would be up be several touchdowns by then.
You were in 3rd grade in '05? God I'm old.
Anyways. I think it's between the first UTL game and...the '95 OSU game. I think that was the "Eddie who?" year...if not, whatever year that was.
A little excerpt from the boxscore:
Tshimanga Biakabutuka-37 carries for 313 yards
Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George-21 carries for 104 yards
My friends and I couldn't find anywhere to watch the end except for ricks of all places.
The last few minutes there was no music, no one buying drinks, just everyone stationed around the tvs. The group cheer when Michigan scored to go ahead was the net with complete silence as Norte dame scored again. Just to watch denard roll out and hit gallon down the sideline you could feel the anticipation mounting. No one was making a sound. Then when denard threw the fade and round tree caught it, it was the loudest cheer I had ever heard not being at a stadium. Besides being at the stadium I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else than with all those people. To see a bar with that reputation have everything stop for the team was incredible.
I still remember thinking "No fucking way he makes this kick." From my seats on the 40, the only way that I knew it went it was that the entire student section simultaneously made a "FG Good" sign.
Brabbs lived in my apartment building that year. After I got home, I put a note saying "you da man" on his door.
but I think it was 1991, UM vs Notre Dame. Elvis threw a pass on 4th down into the end zone that Desmond layed out completely horizontal to catch...and win the game.
that game was the most excited I have ever been as a child...
I remember running that play every time we played football...
The best game I ever attended was the OSU game in 1997. The elation was tangible.
I was at that game too. That's the one where Charles got into it with David Boston on the first play of the game, wasn't it?
Yep that was the one. No one in the student section sat down the entire game, and it was a veritable mosh pit after so many of the huge plays - most notably Woodson's punt return TD.
that punt return is my happy place...
when life sucks I remember that play and it is ok.
Might not be my favorite or the best game I can remember. But this was the game that got me hooked on M football for life.
I was 10 going on 11, and its one of my very first football memories. I succintly remember thinking "incomplete, motherfuc-mkfn*726smnsd" but somehow Dez got under it. Amazing catch.
Yes, it was 1991. Desmond made the catch on a long pass on 4th and short, made the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when print mattered), and kicked off the campaign that ended with "Hellllllo Heisman!" by Keith Jackson on the punt return against OSU.
MSU 2012. I took my dad and we sat at the 50 in the 20th row. First time I was at a UM game with my dad since he took me in 1989 (to my first game ever... trounced Wisconsin)
My dad always said he was both a MSU and UM fan and always rooted for the underdog in the each individidual game. That always bothered me (considering he sent both of his kids to Michigan).
But, after that field goal... seeing him jumping up and down and going crazy it was obvious to me (and for the first time to him) that when push-comes-to-shove he's a Wolverine first.
Easily Under the Lights, was sitting in the 5th row along the goaline on the opposite side of where Roundtree caught the game winning TD. I have a chubby right now just thinking about it...
It the OSU game in 1969, Bo's first victory over Woody.
...'69 OSU is the baseline against which all great Michigan victories are measured. And for a ten year old, it made each subsequent M/OSU game day feel like Christmas morning. At least until I turned 32.
However, that was a TV experience...live is undoubtedly the 1980 Rose Bowl, also a Bo first. We absolutely smashed Washington with a team that could have won the NC if it hadn't stumbled against ND and South Carolina at the beginning of the season.
Really hard to argue with this one. Even though I grew up decades later, I knew all about this game from all the videos I watched & books I read as a kid. This game was one of the greatest upsets of all time and launched a golden age that would last until just a few years ago. Great football, great personalities, huge implications - this one has it all.
In terms of going for one that I actually attended, that's a bit tougher. I'd probably have to go with Braylonfest, although the competition is stiff (2002 over Washington, 2005 PSU, and Gardner's Hail Mary & OT win over NW are all high up there as well). I was a freshman, sitting iny row 12 because my senior brother was studying abroad that year. It felt like my ears were overflowing with sound it got so loud in there, and just the pure delight of watching Braylon bring it home again & again into the end-zone right in front of me.
Also, a little side-note for any other Prof. Ralph Williams fans out there - he came into class the next Monday & said, in his inimitable Williams way, "This Saturday I attended my first ever Michigan football game ... WOW!!!"
Lots of great games have been mentioned, but if you actually saw this one--and the look of utter disbelief on the Ohio fans and players at the end, their absolute incredulity and despair--and remember how that prick Woody ran up the score the year before, there has never been a more satisfying win in the last 45 years. Ever.
that I was present at..1. the 1998 Rose Bowl where we won the National Championship and the other..I forgot the exact year..late 80s At UCLA where we scored 10 points in the final minute or two and won the game 24-23 on a JD Carlson FG as Time expired
1989. I was there for that.
Seats in row 30, it was crammed for most of the game, then two girls just peaced out in the middle of the third quarter. Got some more breathing room and it was all we could do to not fall and die the rest of the way from cheering.
..to pick one favorite.
UTL 1 was unbelieveable. The Big House was rocking. Electric. And usually I'm not one for pom-poms...but once the entire stadium got going that was pretty cool.
The 2008 Capital One Bowl against Florida, for a couple of reasons. First of all, Henne, Hart, Jake Long, etc. were the first group of seniors that I really fell in love with as a fan, and, although there were disappointments at times, this was a perfect sendoff for them. Secondly, it was Lloyd Carr's last game. Thirdly, NO ONE expected us to win against the mighty heisman winner and his team full of "SEC speed." Like seriously, I remember the pundits picking us to lose like 45-14.
Beaten to the punch by 1 minute.
I loved it. My favorite too. So proud they sent Lloyd out on top. It was nice to see them take down Tebow and Meier too!
The 2008(?) Capital One Bowl vs. Florida always sticks out for me. It was Lloyd’s last game, and the team played extremely motivated. Leading up to the game you heard the usual talking points, SEC speed will be too much for Michigan, playing in hotter weather will tire Michigan more easily, yada, yada….
If Hart had not fumbled twice by the goal line in that game UM would have run away with that game. Even though UM only won by 6, I felt UM physically dominated that game. It was also the last time I can remember 4 defensive lineman creating pressure on the QB. I don’t remember who the D lineman were in that game, but by the end they owned Florida’s offensive line and Tebow was running for his life.
even though I wasn't there. That was the first game I went into thinking that we were totally screwed, and then we came out and won impressively.
Favorite atmosphere - 2006 @ OSU, the hype for that was amazing, best possible matchup to end the season. Of course a tough result, but still.
Favorite trip - 2012 Sugar Bowl, a perfect trip to go out as seniors.
Favorite game - end of UTL1 of course.
is up there for me. First game as a student, on the heels of welcome week, and college gameday was there. Brabbs' game winning field goal right into our end of the stadium was a nice way to kick off the season.
The MSU game that season wasn't bad either. After going down 3-0 we rattled off 49 points and never let them score again.
I was lucky enough to be at that Penn state game. That pass was crazy!!!
Another vote for Under the Lights I. 2005 Penn State and 2004 triple overtime against MSU are close.
Favorite that I didn't attend in person is the 2008 Capital One Bowl.
1997 PSU. Nothing comes close to that one.
Woodson, Braylon, Denard.
Thank you - 38 comments in.
Woodson's punt return was single most ecstatic moment in Big House for me.
Braylonfest and 4th quarter in UTL1 among others were zany as well to be sure
UTL 1- ND, Night game, nail biter, electric atmosphere
@Illinois 2007 - sat in student section it was like a war zone
Favorite game is UTL 1, but I have a funny story about NW 2012. I was in the student section with some of my friends for that one and with just a few minutes left, one of them decided to leave because he did not want to watch Northwestern beat us. We decided to stick around and wait things out. Surprise, surprise, Roundtree catches the Hail Mary and we go to overtime and end up winning. I think he still regrets leaving early to this day.
I just consulted the MGoHistoryMobile, and the 12 men on the field actually occured on a 3rd and 12 with 6 seconds left. The resulting 15 yard penalty let Brabbs work his magic.
There was a ND game in the mid/late nineties where ND was driving late and we stopped them like a foot short of a first down to end the game.
1996 - OSU ranked #2, Glenn said we sucked, we pounded them, Tim-B went off.
My favorite games that I attended were the 1997 PSU game and the first UTL game. The UTL1 game was the best atmosphere I have ever been a part of.
I will also have to say the 06 OSU game was one of my favorites (not attended) as well. #1 vs #2. The best rivalry in sports. That was such an emotional week. I was a sophomore at SRU, and there were so many people wearing their Wolverines and Buckeyes gear. Every time I would see a person wearing Michigan gear, we would exchange a Go Blue and nod our heads and be on our serparate ways. When I would encounter a Buckeye, it was either "F*** Michigan, "good luck" or "Cant wait for saturday, it's going to be a war."
I remember going home for the weekend and watching the game with all my Michigan buddies at a friends house. It was something I'll never forget. When Michigan took that opening drive and shoved it down Ohio's throat, we all just erupted. Unfortunately the final outcome was not what we were hoping for, but it was still a very memorable experience.
1995 vs. Ohio State. Watching Touchdown Tim and both lines do their thing was epic. It was Buckeye Schadenfreude at its best!!!!!
Student section was the loudest I've ever witnessed. PSU had a good team (they entered 1999 as FSU's only competition for potential nat champions) but time and again they would try to score in our endzone and we'd push 'em back. I think there were 3 goal line stands and PSU got 0 points out of them.
I was a freshman in that student section. You can hear us in the recording, drowning out Keith Jackson. Just a pleasureful game all day.
Michigan 22 OSU 0 in Columbus. Nothing beats shutting out the Buckeye's and their horrible fans in the Snake Pit.
First under the lights game. Absolute best game experience ever. Never seen a game where it looked like the entire stadium stayed 20-30 minutes after the game ended dancing to Taio Cruz.
97 The Game. End of discussion. Sooooo much on the line. Hated rival. Biggest game of the year. Undefeated season on the line. National Championship on the line. Woodson's return for TD was the loudest I've ever heard the stadium, including UTL 1 and Braylonfest. I literally teared up when the clock struck 0:00.
As many awesome games as I've witnessed on TV and live, that one was by far the most amazing victory I'd ever seen.
cant believe no one has mentioned this one yet.
I think somebody might've mentioned it near the top of the thread. But i TOTALLY agree with you on the game.
UTL meant more, it was a fantastic game and atmosphere.
When you throw importance of the game into the equation its Michigan/Ohio State 1997 hands down. Same atmosphere just no lights. The moment C. Woodson runs back the punt is one of the single greatest moments in my Michigan fandom.
and its god damn sad I have to go back that far.
a close 3rd for me would be M/OSU 1995. Timmy!!!
It's the one that has made me renew my season tickets ever since.
Biakabutuka ran for 313 and we dashed ohio's national title hopes. John Cooper come back!
1997 @ Penn State is my favorite. UTL1 is my favorite I've attended.
It's amazing how many times the Big House has been the loudest anybody has ever heard.
My first game at the Big House, 95 kickoff classic against Virginia.
was it hot that day.
Indeed it was, and incredibly loud as well.
97' Ohio State game for me... I can watch that game over and over again. The pregame smack talk between Boston and Woodson was awesome, the fight between the two and Marcus Ray laying the wood to Boston was the icing on the cake. not to mention the punt return for TD by woodson too.
1979 Indiana followed by 1997 Ohio. Two which which also strike me as excellent competition that I did not attend: UTL #1, '69 Ohio (I was only 2).
I was lucky enough to have been at PSU, at home for Ohio and at the Rose Bowl in the '97 season as well as UTL1, despite the fact that I graduated in '91 and live in NJ. (I pick 'em well.) It's almost impossible to choose from among those games, which are the most memorable for me.
Did some real soul-searching and learned that these were the happiest I remember feeling after a UM football game. In order:
Year/ Opponent/ Significance/ Attended?
1989/Ohio State/ Bo's Last...going to the Rose Bowl/ Yes
2011/Ohio State/ First win in forever/ Yes
1997/Ohio State/ #2/ No
2011/ ND/ did not expect this/ No
2011/ Nebraska/ kicked their ass and they were cool about it/ Yes
2013/ ND/ Optimisim abounds, I was homesick and around lots of free microbeer/ No
But I somewhat forget about the 2012 Sugar Bowl and it was my first bowl game trip ever. Couldn't have asked for a better place to go. Boubon St and a Michigan win. It would be higher on my list if we would have played well. I still cannot believe we won with as bad as the offense played.
Of games I've been to I can't recall an atmosphere like the 1997 OSU game. When Woodson ran the punt back our entire section rocked back and forth.
The 2008 Capitol One Bowl was obviously a disappointing game to be in, but I loved seeing Lloyd go out beating the defending national champion and seeing what the offense could do when cliciking.
For me it's November 22, 2003. We beat OSU and the students rushed the field. I was a senior so my seats were fairly close to the field (I think around row 16). So of course I jumped the wall and joined the fun.
Henne to manningham vs Penn St with no time left.
Braylonfest vs MSU in 04
The 10 pt comeback vs MSU in EL in 07...I was there, almost left with 8 or so minutes left. Glad we stayed. On the way out...we saw Izzo break up a fight with 2 MSU students...and a student told us we had 15 minutes to leave the city before they burn it down. No joke.
Braylonfest and UTL1
So Washington 2002 and the other last-minute wins get bumped down the list. UTL2 was pretty darn awesome: a wow experience, on my birthday, plus a low-suspense win over a despised rival, so much to love.
After the previous meeting and the year that followed, 49-3 was almost enough. Here's hoping we get to do that to Sparty again someday soon.
This was mine as well, it was my senior year and we kicked the living hell out of Sparty.
The only downside if I recall is that it lead to the firing of Bobby Williams. By that point he has done enough to derail any momentum Saban built though
I recall that Chris Spielman, ESPN's color commentator for that game, repeatedly asserted that MSU was not quitting during the game, when it appeared to everybody else that they had done exactly that.
Lynn Henning who asked him if he had felt he lost the team and Bobby's answer was "I don't know".
On the time and it's cementing of all things Michigan for me, " the catch"
Tate Forcier's last minute winning drive capped an upset that not only proved that Tate was a proven winner, but that Rich Rod was the best coach in the game. It was a great game and gets my personal nod because it was all I had for the better part of those three years. (Spoiler Alert: Because the reality was that... <cough> <cough> )
I was at the 1998 Rose Bowl, whch was an awesome game that literally brought me to tears, but we expected to win. Second place.
I loved this game, althought maybe not my favorite game (hard to top '97 OSU game). Underrated in my opinion. One of my happiest moments was right when Prescott ran back his pick 6 on ND's first drive. This game was a total ass kicking and set the tone for the best UM season since '97 (until the last two games).
Hemingway becomes invisible on the sideline for the score! yessss!!!
that was a fun game to watch!
the good guys didn't get the win, but 2006 against the buckeyes is my favorite game of all time... it was an actual slugfest between, in my opinion, teams that should've played again for the championship, a la 'bama and lsu, and it broke my heart at the end. it was an inspiring game to watch, the way the wolverines fought from coin toss to final whistle, something like the way last year's game was...albeit to the same effect. I love seeing the boys win, but I love seeing them play with heart more than anything.
under the lights 1 and henne-to-manningham against Penn state are also up there for me...
Attended National Championship game, Desmond's Heisman OSU game and UTL1. Being at PSU in 1997 was the best in feeling in that our team were the baddest motherf..ers on the planet, and truly the top of college football.
but The Catch, I was 9 at the time of The Catch, and the Tyrone Wheatley show in the Rose Bowl really hooked me into Michigan football as a kid. I was already a Michigan basketball fan, but The Catch cemented my fandom for Michigan football and Tyrone grew my love even more. Of course the 97 games against PSU, OSU, and Washington State are fantastic as well. I count myself very lucky to have seen that National Championship year because you just never know if there will be another in your lifetime. Charles Woodson became my favorite Wolverine of all time during that season. Touchdown Tim against OSU is unforgettable. There are just too many to really peg one down.
I will say my favorite game I ever attended was the 100th game against Ohio State. It was my first game in the Big House against OSU and I nearly had a heart attack when my Mom and Dad told me they got tickets for me to that game. Just a beautiful atmosphere that day and it was great to take home the win on that anniversary. Braylon owned Chris Gamble and CP was money all day with over 200 total yards.
I'm flabbergasted at a lot of these responses.
Beating OSU to win our only NC bid in the last half century while Charles Woodson cements his Heisman bid has to be the best.
'05 Michigan v Penn St. I was 15 sitting in the north endzone with my dad, next to probably five PSU undergrads who made the trip. One of the guys ran his mouth the entire 4th quarter and I remember wanting to clock him so badly. Once Mario caught the ball with 0:00 left the dude put his head in his hands and started balling.
Sitting in the endzone watching Braylon was fantastic. The whole comeback and overtimes of that game was truly unbelievable to watch. Braylon was a man amongst the boys that day.
A stomping that put us at no. 1 at PSU, 38-6 and it was not as close as the score indicated!
Like everyone else, so many to choose from...
I'll go with: 1997 OSU for attended at home; 1997 PSU for watched on TV; and 1998 Rose Bowl for attended not at home.
Yep, that was a pretty good season.
UTL 1 can't be topped but here are some underrated games to ponder:
2006 vs. Notre Dame- We were ranked something like 15th and ND was #2 behind OSU. We went into SB with low expectations and absolutely crushed them. Henne-to-Manningham was established as a fearsome pairing and there were finally rumblings about the defense being elite.
2006 vs. PSU- My friend Arthur calls it "the game where we fucked up ALL of their quarterbacks" and I wouldn't want to remember it any other way. Rondell Biggs, Llamar Woodley, Allen Branch- quarterback destroyers. I've never seen a DL dominate a game like that before.
2008 vs. Wisconsin- As much as I'd like to forge that entire season this game was special. We had something like 19 total yards of offense in the first half and still mounted a comeback to win it. Steve Threet rumbling down the sideline for a long gain after selling the zone read had to be the most amazingly unathletic play I've ever seen. I don't know that there is a more memorable single play for me.
In person - Under the Lights I. The end of that game was insane. My little brother (ha) went to Notre Dame. When Denard took a knee to close out the first half, my brother texted me: "Taking a knee? Brady Joke is a pussy." Boy, did he eat crow.
On TV - 2006 Michigan v. Notre Dame. At that time, ND was ranked in the top 5 with golden boy Brady Quinn as the QB. Same little brother, an ND student at the time, calls me up from his tailgate and asks if I'm even going to bother watching the game. I did not engage. Then, Michigan went on to absolutely crush ND. Quinn looked like he wanted to cry. Absolutely beautiful.
Top three Michigan games
1. 1969 Ohio game. Beat undefeated Ohio and sent us to the Rose Bowl. I help tear down the goal posts. Most unexpected win.
2. Jan 1, 1998 Pasadena, NCG. Took my oldest daughter to see Michigan win a National Championship. Most spirit, fans were singing "Hail to the Victors" walking into the stadium.
3. UTL II took my wife to see a Michigan game - her first game. Most exciting to see Michigan beat ND at night. Life is good.
I have the same three, in the same order. And I was there in 1969, too.
Michigan vs Ohio 2011. Thought I was dreaming when Avery intercepted at the end. The Big House was loud as Hell that day.
No brainer for me--
UTL 1. It was my bachelor party. There are always one or two guys that just want to get completely drunk and go to strip clubs. My best man and I put the kibosh on that and instead we tailgated all day (to a moderate degree) and went to the game. It's the fist time I ever felt like the Big House could truly get LOUD to an intimidating level. College Game Day was on campus, warm & sunny weather.
The first 2 1/2 quarters of that game wasn't much fun, but MAN what an absolutely unbelieveable finish.
I kept a copy of the Detroit Free Press from the next morning and framed it for my home office.
Honorable mention for 2005 Penn State and due to the importance of the game, 1997 Ohio.
But as far as just memorable games are concerned UTL 1 is head and shoulders above the rest.
The end of that game was crazy. I must say it was one of the most entertaining games ever.
1985 M v OSU. Harbaugh's bomb to Kolesar in the 4th quarter. The student section I was in became totally, end-of-the world unhinged. I've seen a lot of great UM moments over the years, but that is my personal fave.
UTL (birthday and just CRAZY)
Braylonfest (in EL, in the process of applying to Michigan- beautiful)
PSU 2005 (First year of Undergrad)
Videos from the Wolverine Historian - thanks!
Runner-up: 1993 Rose Bowl, or The Wheatley Show:
My personal favorite is 1979 vs Indiana:
I would not have believed it if I wasn't there - and yes, that was the loudest I've ever heard the Big House :<)
1997 at Penn State. As one pundit put it later, "After that game, the national championship was Michigan's to lose." Arguably the most dominant performance against a national championship contender I've ever seen from Michigan. On that day, all the old comments about Michigan being too slow and not tough enough were put to rest. The Daydrion Taylor hit on Bob Christensen caught the attention of the entire football world.
1997 vs Ohio State. The team weathered a tough start, and then held off a fierce rally by Ohio. The last quarter was nerve-wracking, but that one was sooooo memorable.
1998 Rose Bowl vs Washington State. Started off like so many other disappointing bowl performances, but in one play, Charles Woodson gave our guys a reprieve. FINALLY, A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! FINALLY, A PERFECT SEASON!
Favorite game I've been to: 1999 vs Ohio State. My wife was 7 months pregnant, and I flew out and attended the game on a press pass. Walked up to a security guard at the tunnel and asked, "Could I just look down into the tunnel?" His response: "You've got the pass, you can go wherever you like." Walked down the tunnel about two and a half hours before game time, and a couple of Ohio State players were in sweats tossing a ball around. The Big House was mostly empty, with a chilly mist in the air. After the game, I went into the postgame press conference, which was held in the Crisler Arena back then (not called Crisler Center at the time). I was standing right next to Tom Brady while he was being interviewed, and Steve Hutchinson walked up right next to me and asked Bruce Madej how the Michigan State-Penn State game turned out. Great comeback win by our guys. I still maintain that if Brady had played the entire game against Michigan State, UM would win that one, and then the bizarre defeat the following game against Illinois would have been a win -- and yes, if UM had won those two games, I'm certain they would have won the national championship. Can you imagine 2 in 3 years?
UTL 1 for sure, 97 OSU, 97 PSU, Braylonfest, always loved 95 OSU where Biakabutuka ran for over 300. That's just a few but UTL has to be first just because we were so down the previous years and that comeback felt so damn good !
'97 OSU, UTL 1, and 2004 MSU...
Believe they were #2 at the time and Brady Quinn for heisman. Loved watching that D shut that all down
Mario manningham - best 1st half ever
Good Guys 24 Ohio 12
1995 vs. OSU for two reasons. It was my first game in Michigan Stadium and Touchdown Tim with 300+ yards.
Bonus: We ruined their perfect season.
The year after we beat them in 3 OTs (The Braylon game), Sparty fans were telling us all off-season that they were going to crush us with a healthy Stanton in Spartan Stadium, and they Michigan won. Fuck Sparty
For me its the 3OT victory over MSU with Braylon's catch, and Chris Perry's OT touchdown to beat Penn State (can't remember the exact years). Both were in the end zone where I sit, and great wins as well.
2008 Wisconsin game
This is easy. The 97 Michigan-OSU game. Like many of you, I was there. Woodson v. Boston for who was going to play for the National Title. Woodson was amazing that day and was the difference. He won everything with his performance that day. Best game ever.
When Michigan went down to Columbus and manhandled the Buckeyes 22-0! Totally assume to see Woody get so dominated at home. Michigan was #4 and OSU #8 and many said OSU would win a close game because it was in Columbus. I was a big Rick Leach fan but our D played assume. We should have beaten Purdue, we just played a lousy game. We were #1 in the country before our road trip loss to Purdue by 2 points!
Sorry, but there are just too many great games to list just one. So only the games I've seen live...
10. 1995 - OSU - Biakabutuka runs wild. Buckeyes have no answer.
9. 2008 - WI - Greatest Comeback
8. 1995 - UVA - Dreisbach to Hayes
7. 1991 - OSU - Desmond strikes the pose
6. 1991 - ND - Desmond - the catch
5. 1997 - OSU - Woodson takes over
4. 2005 - PSU - Henne to Manningham
3. 2004 - MSU - Braylonfest in 3 Overtimes
2. 1979 - IN - Wangler to Carter
1. UTL Part I - well documented above
And even putting up 10, I still had to leave out several UTL - Part !!, 85 - OSU... so many great games, so little time.