I was thinking back on the Wisconsin 2000 (EDIT: 2001 -- my memory sucks) game, and the fortuitous bounce that won it for us.
Then this got me thinking about those guys who stick around at Michigan for their entire careers, and end up doing basically nothing except for one dramatic, season-changing play.
I'm talking about a guy with the "Special Teams Contributor" (sounds nice) career path of, say, Shakir Edwards, Alijah Bradley, Adam Patterson or Doug Dutch, but who has one random play that completely changes one game, etching his name in our collective 'M'emory.
- Wisconsin, 2001: Brandon Williams, seldom-used career backup DB, collects a punt that bounced off a Badger leg. Michigan kicks a GW field goal and escapes.
- Tyrece Butler recovers a Braylon fumble against Washington in 2002, converting a 4th down and setting up the GW field goal
- Jacob Stewart intercepts Minnesota in 2003 and runs it in for a touchdown, sparking the comeback
- Scott McClintock (I know, he was starting at that point, but his career was certainly Special Team-y) jumps on a fumble against Iowa in 2004 when M was up 17-10 late in the 3rd quarter and the Hawkeyes' offense was looking like they finally had us figured out. Instead, M gets the ball, we hand it off to this tiny freshman guy named Hart who scores his first career TD.
- Jeff Smokevich, Wisconsin 1999. M has controlled Badger running game all day, but it's 4th and 2 early in the 4th quarter, and Wisconsin is in our red zone down 21-9 with eventual Heisman-winning big back Ron Dayne coming right at this seldom-used 5th yr senior DE. Smokevich holds up his block and makes the stop - Turnover on Downs*
Should I include Ricky Reyes' blocked punt recovery for TD last year vs. Northwestern? It didn't change the outcome of the game, but it gave me enough hope to earn my badge.
Anway, M fans, I leave the rest to you.
* My co-worker just said it was 3rd down. Anyone remember this better?