Fellow MGoBloggers, I'm enjoying Thanksgiving with my family and, naturally, reminiscing about Michigan football. My mother, a Michigan grad swears that she remembers Bo Rather scoring a very unique touchdown. I'd like some help verifying her story.
In a September or October game in 1971, Michigan kicked off after scoring a touchdown whereupon all of the opposing players stood around the ball which stopped in the end zone, but did not touch it (treating it like a punt). Bo Rather ran down and, according to my mother, touched the ball with one finger and thereby scored a touchdown with no time running off the clock.
I am trying to find documentation of this but my Google-fu has failed me. Does anyone else remember this touchdown? Even better, does someone know who this was against and if there's video of it? It was in the student's endzone on a "warm sunny day" of 1971.
Any help would be appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving and Go Blue!
Edit: Thanks to Yeoman and k.o.k.Law who both remembered something like this happening against Virginia in 1971. It sounds like Elliot recovered the ball in the endzone after a kickoff for a TD... but her memory of Bo Rather touching the ball with one finger could've happened before or after the TD was called.
Thanks to MGoBlog for being an amazing resource for Michigan history.