1995 Ohio State in a landslide.
Poll: Greatest Michigan Football Game of the 90s?
I had to listen to that game on the radio while driving from Ohio to Iowa. Very exciting
I might call that the best individual performance by any Michigan player in a game that decade, but I don't know if it was the best game (in terms of drama). The '96 and '97 OSU games were incredibly tense defensive struggles, in contrast.
The joint was rocking, and I will never forget watching us wipe the smirk off of Terry Glenn's face!
The best game was the 1999 team but played in January of 2000: Orange Bowl against Alabama. Most satisfying was the '97 OSU game. Most awesome was '97 PSU.
on all three. Tremendous post, no question.
UM Football rose to the occasion on all three instances and shut a lot of critics up from varying walks of life...SEC, cocky PSU fans and the best was the hyper confident Suckeye fans. Brilliant choices!
The Penn State game of '97 was probably my favorite. The '95 game against the buckeyes was incredibly awesome, as was the '97 version. However, the '97 game against PSU was a total statement and made the country take notice. After beating their asses at Happy Valley we jumped to #1. The only bad thing was that PSU scored a touchdown in the second half... the first time all season that had happened to Michigan's defense.
the 2000 Orange Bowl was awesome (Brady-Terelle connection), I prefer the 2008 Cap One better because it's more recent and it was a great performance against the Tebow led Gators that were worshipped by everyone in the media at the time. I personally like the 1997 tUOS victory the best because it was the NC year with our last Hesiman winner who dominated in every area. He caught passes for big gains, he returned a punt for a TD and he had the big pick at the end to seal the victory.
That was by far the best Michigan football game I ever saw!
Complete with rushing President Bollinger's house afterwards and grabbing food out of his fridge. Someone also fell out of a tree on the property as well. Good times!
That game was awesome. Remember the incredible hit on the sideline? Turned out to be a shame, but enjoy the awesomeness of it:
That was the biggest "statement" game from that decade. From the moment Glen Steele dropped the quarterback (his name escapes me at the moment) on the fake end around through the end of the game, simply the most dominant performance of a fantastic season.
Jan 1, 1998.
Clinched first national title and undefeated/untied season in nearly 50 years. Beautiful day in Pasadena. Woodson's pick in the end zone was huge along with 2 long passes (Streets, Tuman?). My fondest memory might be walking to the stadium by Lee Corso listening to him tell WSU fans not to worry as they would win.
1997 OSU. Beat them for the Big ten title and shot at the national championship. Woodson Solidying his heisman. No question about this one
What stands out for me is how quiet the stadium was right before Woodson's interception. You could hear a pin drop. I was sitting in the Southeast section with my Dad and a bunch old-timers, when Woodson made that pick the old farts went bananas.
We stuck around for an hour and a half just soaking it all in.
My Dad and I were sitting in the endzone where Woodson returned the punt for a TD (North, I think?). I was just a kid and we saw the punt as a chance to catch our breath before we stood back up and started cheering. Needless to say, after a couple seconds we realized this was not your ordinary punt return. We stood up just in time to see Woodson break away on the sidelines. Needless to say, that is the game for me in the 90s.
He ran North to South.
pretty damn good.
1997 vs. Iowa
Tim Dwight went off. We were down 21-7 at halftime. Everyone in the stands thought we we're going to lose. Iowa was driving and a last minute interception sealed it.
There were some other tense moments that season. Against ND we fumbled three times in our own territory, leading 21-14, and amazingly gave up zero points. Then against OSU our 20-0 lead was cut to 20-14 and they had multiple possessions in the fourth quarter to potentially take the lead.
The defensive streak, IIRC, was that we didn't give up a point in the fourth quarter until PSU.
1997 Penn State was my favorite but I liked this one too. It was the only UM game my mother attended (she was from Iowa, loved football, but had two sons go to UM). Fantastic comeback by the Wolverines that day.
My first ever Michigan game <3
These were the games that the Moeller and Carr teams had been losing for four years previous. Dwight had the punt return for a TD as the first half expired and it just crushed the crowd. I didn't think we were going to win it until the go-ahead touchdown, a waggle from Griese to Tuman with about 2:30 left in the game. Even with the fumbles against ND and OSU's second-half comeback, that was the closest Michigan was to losing all year. I would put the Rose Bowl that year above it, but that game would definitely be in my top 5.
Awesome game. I don't remember much after the game until about Tuesday though.
Still the #1 game I've ever attended.
Same here. Like watching a shark in its chilling ruthless killing efficiency.
That and the Capital One Bowl/Lloyd's last game were the only times I was ever in "Who are these guys?" awe of my own team.
The 97 OSU game wins because of the magnitude of the outcome combined with the historic rivalry. Throw in Woodson cementing his Heisman in that game and there's not even a debate.
The other big OSU games from that decade didn't have the importance, the Virginia game was a season-opening non-conference game that was exciting but meant nothing, and the bowl game against Alabama was good but not important enough. The 1997 PSU game was a great game but lacked those memorable moments. The Remy Hamilton game was also high on my list but still can't compete with 1997.
- 1997 OSU
- Jan 1, 1998 Rose Bowl
- Remy Hamilton ND game in 1994
- OSU 1995
- PSU 1997
- Bowl game against Alabama
Now, there's a case to be made for the Colorado game too. We lost and have blocked it from our memories as much as possible, but it is incredibly memorable.
The early part of the decade had a lot of great games. 91 ND with Desmond's catch ending our 4 game losing streak and beating TSIO in 91 with the Desmond runback and pose (the game clinched our 4th Big Ten title in a row). 93 Rose bowl win Also 93 PSU with our goal line stand that helped us win in Happy Valley in our first game against PSU.
- 1997 OSU - yep, hugged Brady on field after game. Best memory ever,
- Jan 1, 1998 Rose Bowl - couldn't make it...loved the game and outcome
- Remy Hamilton ND game in 1994 - was there...awesomeness
- OSU 1995 - was there...pure columbian
- PSU 1997 - was there. 1000% pure columbian
- Virginia - was there. Will never forget. Less than 15 yards away from winning last play of game. In'Fing' credible game and finish.
- Bowl game against Alabama = missed it liive. Loved it on the screen.
Nowhere near the most meaningful, but it was an absolutely overpowering performance vs a decent team..
We killed them
I remember that game. Not only the outcome, but also the comments Michigan players made about the confederate flag being a symbol of the athletic program.
what were the comments?
I'm taking the comments out of context, but what I remember is something to the effect of "how could you go to a school with that mascot and flag....". At the time I was pretty young and I remember thinking that they were right. Look in the stands of an Ole Miss game and you rarely see that flag anymore. I think the school disassociated itself from it in the late '90s.
1997 OSU was an awesome game. Whenever it is on BTN on demand I always watch it, Woodson vs. Boston nuff said.
1997 Penn St game is the most dominating performance I've seen Michigan administer considering it was at #1 Penn St at night.
Throw Biakabatuka vs OSU D and Jan 1, 1998 in there too.
This was the first which came to mind. I still remember the enjoyment of rubbing it in to a Penn State coworker the following Monday.
It was not at night (3:30 start), but it did finish at night since it was in November.
This brings up a good point . . . when we play Nebraska this year, the game will finish at night. We get another shot at an "Under the Lights" Big House environment! Make it happen.
it was called seperation weekend or something stupid like that
a bunch of so so games then UofM just blows out PSU who was heavily favored
that game was amazing
It was "Judgment Day."
Powlus passed for td with less than a minute to go on his way to winning those two Heisman's Beano Cook predicted. (Ha!) Notre Dame stadium erupted.
But then Todd Collins led us back on a 4 play 59 yard drive - the last pass for 9 yards with 9 seconds to go and no timeouts to get us within field goal range. Every play of that drive had to be perfect and it was. We were sitting in the endzone and it felt like Remy Hamilton kicked it straight to us Unbelievable drive to end the game.
Great story about the game here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1005660/index.htm
I have to say the Notre Dame fans were all class that day. I've been to quite a few away games and the ND fans - even after that heartbreaking loss - were by far the best sports. It was just a great game between two great programs that, unfortunately, someone had to lose.
And then 7 days later I was at the worst game of the 90s. What a week that was.
I doubt that there was a human being outside of the M locker room who thought we'd win that game. Still remember Tai Streets running a pretty simple route and then *poof* he was GONE.
In 1995, Ohio State made the mistake of not taking us seriously enough. In 1996, they made the mistake of taking us too seriously.
You could feel them starting to sweat as we kept hanging around. Once Springs slipped and Streets was off to the end zone, the choke began. The outcome was academic at that point and everyone knew it.
I believe my signature says it all, 97 M v osu
the Rose Bowl vs. Washington, Jan. 1, 1993, a.k.a. the "Tyrone Wheatley Game". That game is a joy to watch over again-- loaded with NFL talent on both sides of the ball, back and forth slugfest, and full of big plays.
That game was so awesome at the time because it was the first big game I had ever seen us win as a shootout. It was something Michigan just did not do. The Moeller era ended too early.
Driesbach to Hayes for the biggest comeback in stadium history at the time. Not as meaningful as others but was a great game/comeback
that was 1995 pigskin classic vs virginia. my first um game ever..
110 degrees in there that day and I loved every second.....wait... at least the last 4...
yea good call. I was there as well. Unbelievable game
What about the 1997 Rose Bowl game against Washington State University ? I know it doesn't have the glitz and glamor of the tSIO game only a few weeks earlier but it did cap a perfect season and resulted in a National Championship for Michigan. To this day, I can still remember Bob Griese choking up in the press box as he watched his son finish off the undefeated campaign.
All of those were awesome. Shows what a great decade that was.
But the one that sticks in my mind, because of historical significance, is still 1997 OSU. Big 10, National Championship, and the Heisman all on the line.
I think you have to go with '97 OSU. The anticipation was incredible. Here we'd ruined two straight undefeated campaigns by OSU and now they had a chance to do the same to us. David Boston had publicly trashed Woodson and predicted a big win. There was the Heisman race wrapping up between Woodson and Manning. Would Woodson come through? Would Michigan complete the dream regular season?
And then the game itself was a classic defensive struggle with the occasional big play (Woodson's long reception and his punt return) being the diference. Our final 4th-down stop was maybe the most exhilerating feeling I've ever had as a fan. The Rose Bowl was almost anticlimactic after that.
but from a purely selfish standpoint, I'd have to put the 1993 OSU victory, where an unranked, 4 loss Michigan team beat #5 OSU 28-0, right near the top. Living just outside of Cleveland, I was surrounded by OSU fans, who took every opportunity to talk smack and tell me about how badly OSU was going to beat Michigan. The following Monday was one of the most fun days I ever had in high school. I walked around all day with a big stupid perma-smile on my face, and for the next 9 months, all I had to say was "Scoreboard"
I was at that game. Some local Columbus OH TV station had given out plastic roses that the buckeye fans brought with them, since a win and the Rose Bowl were all but guaranteed in their minds.
After the game, the plastic roses were discarded all over Michigan stadium. I still have one to this day.
Pigskin classic pass to mercury hayes in the corner of the in zone. Barber bros went down! Awesome
93 Rose Bowl -- Wheatley 235 yards on just 15 carries (15.7 avg.)
95 OSU -- 313
97 OSU -- "I make plays baby. Hey I make plays that's all I do. They do all the talkin'. I do the walkin' baby."
97 PSU -- Finest defensive performances you'll ever see from the Wolverines
97 ohio, my number one.
I second the 1993 Rose Bowl against Washington. Wheatley was simply incredible, and it avenged our Rose Bowl loss to them the year before. Plus, it clinched the undefeated dream season of 1992.
Before his shoulder injury, Wheatley was the fastest player in pads that I've ever seen. I never tire of watching his first run in this video - the first play of the second half of that Rose Bowl. He blows by two safeties, each of whom has a 15 yard head start on him, in the space of about 30 yards:
I remember an interview with Beano Cook prior to the 1997 season where he said something to the effect of:
"Michigan is going to have a really strong team this year, they may only lose one game. However, that game will be against Penn State. They may as well call off the game, give Penn State the win, and let the Michigan band march around on the field for an hour. That way everyone will go home happy."
I have no idea why that's stuck with me so long.
That said, the best game for me was definitely against OSU in 1997 and it's not close. None of the others are so sweet without that win. That defense was so, so good.
"They should just send the band" got repeated about a million times.
Then another million, after the game. :-D
Surprised no one has mentioned Notre Dame, 1991. Elvis to Desmond on 4th and 1. Maybe not the greatest game overall, but heck of an ending! Was at that game with my brother...good times.
Comeback, Tom Brady, multiple overtimes...what more do you need?
My favorite game from my sentimental favorite Michigan squad.
There was only OT that game. It was 28-28 after regulation and we won 35-34 after the first OT.
97 PSU. Judgement Day. Big games all day long and UpfM made a statement
One of the earlier white outs at psu. Rainy and cold. Judgement Day indeed!! Second best to osu in 1969. 24-12!
i forgot the name of ESPN's marketing push
first one I remember...LOL
Nebraska lost to Missouri. What a great day it was
here's what a championship squad looks like whilst wearing a winged helmet
The first defensive series still gives me chills. And I hope Mike McQueary coaches til he's 80 because I smile every time I see him.
Me too. I drove up from DC to that game and I was late. I listened to our first drive on the radio where we marched efficiently down the field but had to settle for a field goal.
I arrived as PSU was starting their drive. My enrty to the stadium was at field level. I go through the gate, turn into the stadium and what do I immediately see a few feet in front of my eyes? McQuery "The Rooster" getting plucked on a sack as Penn State tried a trick play to slow down our lightning quick D. Didn't work a lick. Set the tone for the whole rest of the day.
I listen to the Revenge on Colorado on AFRTS on board a ship underway. The penn st game was right after I got back from 6 months away from home and one of my navy buddys who was a penn st fan came over to watch it.....He didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did.
I was in the end zone by the students when we beat Colorado in 97. I told my wife after the game that the defense seemed fast and aggressive compared to what we saw in past years. That team came out of the gate swinging. Can't wait till we get back to that type of D.
in 97. Colorado, Penn state, OSU, comebacks against Iowa and nd, obviously WSU.. all of them.
The revenge against Colorado happened the year before in Boulder. That was the Fail Mary game. 1997 was just a regular pounding, which I loved.
As far as my favorite win of the 90's, that's a really tough one. There's 7 wins over Ohio State, a couple Rose Bowl victories (one of which got us a national title) some great wins over Notre Dame (Grbac to Howard, Remy Hamilton) 4 bowl victories over SEC squads, victories over Wisconsin's Rose Bowl squads...hmm.
Even though it's not a rivalry game, I'm going with 1997 Penn State. Highly anticipated match between 2 undefeated teams in November, on the road in a very hostile stadium. That game was pure magic. Both offense and defense dominate.
Lloyd's first game, and after being down 17-0, it was the biggest comeback in UM history at the time.
don't think we've ever had a 4th quarter comeback greater than 17 points. tied with ND '11 (and maybe another?), although we started the 4th on the ND 2 yard line. then again we also got scored on in the 4th and still won, unlike UVA.
We have, actually. M was down 28-7 to Minnesota in 2003 and won.
And then of course there was the 2008 Wisconsin game where M was down by 19 late in the 3rd.
thought that one was 28-14 to start the 4th, but box score shows we actually scored the 2nd TD about 30 seconds into the 4th, then had the stewart INT for TD about a minute later. good catch.
p.s. holy hell 31 points in the 4th quarter.
Michigan's defense just went down and spanked the number 1 team in the country right in the horseshoe. OSU looked so frustrated in the 4th quarter! I can't wait until our defense returns to the levels of the mid and late 90s!
1995: Michigan defeats Mike Alstott/Purdue 5-0 in sloppy conditions at the Big House. This was during the infamous turf years, I think. 1995 had some pretty interesting games, especially considering this was a 4-loss year.
/S...this game sucked balls. It was worse than sticking a fork in my forehead repeatedly for 3.5 hours. Luckily, Pam Ward did not call this game.
At this time the internet did not have much content. Listening to radio sports show was the best way to get info on Michigan. I just remember irate callers, calling in and wanting Carr fired for losing 4 games in both '95 and '96. '96 we should have only lost the PSU game at home, all the other losses had their moments where we should have won! Oh well, at least it all came together in '97!
that game was unwatchable yet I watched the entire thing
but no one has mentioned colorado '94. losing efforts shouldn't qualify but witnessing that is a one of a kind thing. truth be told, i think UM (8-4) would have gone on to a great season instead of the buffs (11-1 with only loss to eventual champ nebraska) if we had pulled that out.
that said, i cried a lone tear when mercury hayes caught that ball in the corner. i was 12 years old and that was definitely the moment i realized michigan football was as close to religion as i would ever know.
The '91 Florida State game was one of the most exciting games I've ever attended.
To make the "You Suck!" chant seem tame.
I'm going with Penn state, 1997. it was a statement game, a lot at stake and Michigan pummeled them in enemy territory.
it was an unreal day. We attended Iowa and OSU, both of which were insanely memorable games. The OSU game was the best fan experience I've ever had, hands down.
the PSU game was different though. We came out SO fast and furious it was shocking. From the hit on the kickoff to Woodson's seam route, we sat on the couch slack-jawed.
Heisman pose, Michigan wins 31-3. A very large contingent of Ohio fans left en masse at the end of the third quarter. They were probably happy they did since many of them were sitting in Desmond's end zone.
It may not have been the closest game in Michigan history, but it sure felt great to be there.
for it to be the best game of the 90's.
One that NEVER gets brought up is 1994 Penn State at Michigan, best Penn State team in the Big Ten era by far. Blew everyone off the field except Michigan ( Illinois lost by 4 but scored 14 points in the final couple minutes to make it close ultimately cost PSU the MNC)
Beautiful weather day, PSU rolled out to an solid haltime lead, on the second play from scrimage of the 2nd half Ty Wheatley burst through the line and went 65 yards for a TD. Michigan Stadium exploded and it was one of the best 2nd halves I've ever witnessed.
Too many NFL players to mention, some remarkebly still playing.
For my entertainment dollars, one of the best afternoons I've ever spent in Michigan Stadium.
After the win, Penn State students rushed the field and tore down the goalposts.
In their own empty stadium.
That's how big a game it was.
Any Ohio State game sticks out above and beyond anything. Of those, I can't pick between '95 (BIAKABUTUKA!!! or '97. Probably the former since Woodson had a great game then too, and it was damn enjoyable to be there, ruining OSU's bid for a perfect season. The '97 game had higher stakes but I spent the whole game feeling nervous and hating their LBs. It didn't help that it was wet-cold and I had a fever.
There's also the '91 game against Indiana when I Desmond Howard and then Desmond Howard and I was all Desmond Howard and became a lifelong Michigan fan.
Then there's Michigan's only BCS bowl win, but that took place the day after the '90s ended.
I was in school during the Virginia game and the OSU 95 game. Both amazing. I went to the 97 OSU and 98 Rose Bowl. I think 97 OSU has to be the winner but the 91 OSU game is up there too. It was first Michigan game I ever went to and where Desmond clinched the heisman. He had a great game. We beat OSU and one of the signature plays in the history of Michigan football, Desmond returning that punt, was made.
My wife and I were in Key West with another couple and watched the game at one of the bars. Sitting next to us was a table full of ex Nebraska football players. After the games were over they came over and said "congratulations you guys are the best team". To top it off Brian Griese's brother Jeff was in the same bar and came and sat at our table for awhile. All in all a hell of a day.
In '95 I was 11 and that was when I started going and watching the games for the football rather than the novelties, and can honestly say Mercury Hayes in the corner started it for me. I've missed 5 home games since. That being said '97 PSU. That was one hell of a team and we never even let them make it a game. My dad has been going to games since 1968 and still maintains that was the best he has ever seen a Michigan team play.
With 97 PSU a very close second.
There's a soft spot in my heart for 95 OSU - Tim B. going 300+ yards!
I could not agree more. '95 Ohio is my favorite, but the '97 PSU game was when Michigan really distinguished themselves as something special that year. From that game on, the national championship was inevitable.
the '93 Rose Bowl against Washington with Wheatley goiing wild, that was my most memorable game, if he had been in better shape he would've had 300 yards easy and it wouldn't have been a 7 point game, the "other" undefeated season in the '90s...
colorado hail mary
syracuse and mcnabb fest
msu tackles desmond on 2 pt attempt
1997 OSU without a question.
I was at both the 1997 OSU game and the Rose Bowl that year, and the OSU was much better. I had a chance in 2005 to ask Lloyd at a speaking engagement what his most memorable game was and he said it was 1997 OSU as well.
I was only 12 years old, so I was still a fan in training, but the 1995 Ohio game was one of the most enjoyable games of my life watching football. It was like Ohio didn't have a defensive line when Touchdown Tim got the ball. Every run was 15+ yards.
Ah, those were the days when a highly ranked buckeye team would roll in only to get that dear-in-the-headlights look partially through the 3rd quarter en route to another defeat by good 'ole Blue.
Please bring me back to those days Brady.
Was the UM-osu 1997 game. I snuck in the stadium at about 9 am that morning (walked in with a group of vendors, and the security guard did not check IDs). I sat in the 5th row in the student section. To me, that will always be the greatest game in Michigan football.