BTN 1998 Rose Bowl Replay ongoing

Submitted by treetown on December 16th, 2011 at 10:27 PM

BTN replayed the 1998 Rosebowl against Washington State.

Great team - defense really held back the Cougars who were threatening to go up 14-0 early one. Charles Woodson's interception was just terrific. He went right up and seized the ball.

On offense it is easy to forget that the Wolverines of that era could really throw the ball. The OL and the backs were powerful. Lots of sweet play action passes.

Good times.



December 17th, 2011 at 12:46 PM ^

Until right at the end, if you didn't already know you wouldn't have realized that this color commentary guy's son was the QB for Michigan.

Lots of other observations:

1. Agreed with the observation that there were a lot of big players on the team.

2. The defense was pretty aggressive. It is easy to forget that how good the defense was then. Yes, the game was very close but they only gave up 16 points.

3. Ran a lot of two TE sets.

4. Forgot how big Ryan Leaf was. He was as tall if not taller than his OL.


December 16th, 2011 at 10:59 PM ^

was mostly impressed by our last drive there.  the playcalling was a little unimaginative, but there were obvious shots down field and it was a lot better than Rock x3, Punt.


December 16th, 2011 at 11:30 PM ^

This team and entire season were what set me over the edge for Michigan. I was only 9 during this season and this is the first season I can actually remember where I was during games and can still see the images of the season in my mind.

Moonlight Graham

December 16th, 2011 at 11:32 PM ^

One time he goes "and here you see Brian ... Griese look downfield..." or something like that. He quickly caught himself to add the last name. It was pretty cool ... I watched the game on TV and I think the thing I remember most is Bob's measured reaction after the game "I'm proud of 'im." For some reason Bob was one of my favorite NFL players growning up, and Brian was money in this game, so clutch on that last drive. 

The split national championship was critical juncture as well, where the BCS could have adopted the Plus One model with this scenario fresh in the minds of fans, networks, administrators, etc. Instead of matching up a 1 and 2 in the existing bowls, or even in the current NCG alongside the bowls, they could have maintained all the bowl tie-ins and simply re-seeded a 1 vs. 2 after the tradition-rich NYD bowls. Michigan would have simply played Nebraska the following week after each got their respective trips to the Rose and Orange and all would have been right with the world. This year you'd have LSU in the Sugar Bowl and Alabama playing Okla State in the Fiesta (I still think M would have been in the Orange Bowl v. Clemson maybe?) Anyway, I believe the '86 Fiesta Bowl between Penn State kicked the can down the road until this scenario in '97, and this year's fiasco with 1 vs. 2 being an intra-division rematch will advance the marker even further. A Seeded 1 v. 2 Plus One After The Bowls is coming with the next BCS contract, write it down. 

Maize and Blue in OH

December 17th, 2011 at 10:17 AM ^

One of the worst non-calls I have ever witnessed.  We were going crazy in the stadium when we realized they weren't going to call it.

The guy pulled the flag out of his pocket and had it in his hand but didn't throw it.  But, then again, the officials were from the SEC and Woodson beat out Manning for the Heisman, so it turned out to be typical SEC BS.

Keith Jackson even called the play an interception on the broadcast.


December 17th, 2011 at 10:02 AM ^

  1. Michigan's players looked HUGE in this game.  Maybe it was a combination of oversized shoulder pads and the low camera angle, but they looked like monsters.
  2. At the end was they went to commercial before WSU's final possession the BTN said something like "come back for the controversial ending.  CONTROVERSIAL?!  That implies that somehow WSU got screwed.  Never mind the offensive PI that wasn’t called and the fake injury that bought WSU time to regroup.  So they maybe lost a second at the end, but they should never have been in that position.  And even if they did get that one second that just means that they would have had one last hail mary. 

Also, I forgot about Woodson’s near interception on the first play of the final possession.  There was no replay in the re-broadcast, but it looked in real time like he had it.

Bando Calrissian

December 17th, 2011 at 10:39 AM ^

Hey, I'm a Michigan slappy of the highest degree, watched this game live and everything.  But if the shoe were on the other foot (and it's been a few times), I think I'd be screaming to high heaven to this day that there was something screwy about that ending.  

Of course, they would have still needed to have scored from the 20, and that's just about the only defense I can unequivocally say would have stopped that from happening.


December 17th, 2011 at 10:47 AM ^

The play before the spike, rewatch that play and you can count a full 2 seconds before the clock started for that play!  The clock ending on that spike, they shouldn't have had the chance because the clock should have been zero at that moment.


Also go back to the start of the drive, 2nd down when leaf was in the endzone stepping up for the throw there was holding in the endzone.  Game over.

Next play again there was holding at the 3yd line.

Then we get to the pass interference.  It looked like the official was going to call that on Michigan, they were protecting wazzu ................and he held the flag when mckenzie caught the ball.....


Imho, I still thought Lloyd should have either went for the fg and the 8pt lead or went for the 1st down and ended the game. 

noomi new

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