September 8th, 2011 at 11:48 PM ^

Yeah, both TD's were caught in the same spot.  But the TD against Indiana was a much shorter throw from the 3 yard line.  I don't t even think the pass was dive worthy but Desmond liked to dive, so more power to him. 

The easiest way to tell the difference besides the angle of the dive are the people on the field in the background.  The Indiana catch is right n front of the alumni band.  The Notre Dame catch has only has two guys holding towels.  Mr. Pink shorts is just out of view. 

Yostbound and Down

September 8th, 2011 at 11:51 PM ^

Yeah. The Indiana player's helmet is also over on the right-hand side...didn't see that. He had a little bit more separation on that play than against ND.

I was two years old that season so I was too young to remember any of the games on TV...but going back through the highlights, it was really a remarkable season. Lou Holtz is foolish to say what he did.


September 8th, 2011 at 8:30 PM ^

I was at that game and I'd forgotten that - he had a monster game.  38 carries, 164 yards and a TD.

That's a hell of performance that I bet 1% of Michigan fans remember (and it sounds like Lou doesn't remember it either).  Desmond deserves the Heisman and all the accolades but its too bad Ricky doesn't get his props.


September 8th, 2011 at 8:36 PM ^

While Holtz acknowledges the brilliance of the catch, the moment evokes emotions of a rivalry predicated upon the hatred of losing to a respected, but reviled foe. "I felt from that time on, Michigan lost its Bo Schembechler toughness," he said.


WhaWhat the heck is this supposed to mean?What the heck is this supposed to mean?

M Fanfare

September 8th, 2011 at 8:46 PM ^

I think he was just pissed that Michigan switched away from what had been a losing formula vs. Holtz. He was 4-1 against Michigan from 1986-90 and 1-2-1 from 1991-94 (ND and Michigan didn't play in Holtz' last two seasons).


September 8th, 2011 at 11:06 PM ^

It wasn't so much the offense that had been the problem as special teams.  We lost 19-17 in 1988 when our kicker missed as time expired (while ND's had gone 4-4).  The next year we lost 24-19 when Rocket Ismail returned two kickoffs for TDs.  In both games we outplayed them on both sides of the ball.


September 8th, 2011 at 11:22 PM ^

I remember watching that game and the subsiquent news broadcasts afterwards.

I also remember the feeling of shock and excitement from the fanbase because we actually threw the ball, something that would never have happened under Bo. It also helped in taking away the sting from the 1990 MSU game.

The year prior we were ranked #1 going into the State game when Desmond was tripped in the end zone on a 2 point conversion attempt to win the game


Seeing Elvis attempt the throw and Desmond make that catch to knock off a #1 ranked ND was pure joy and a foreshadowing of great things to come from Desmond Howard and Michigan quarterbacks.


September 8th, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

Threw into double coverage?  More like over. Desmond burnt both of those guys pretty badly.


And Holtz needs to get over himself and Notre Dame.  He probably thinks that one game won Desmond the Heisman or something.  Plus, people seem to forget how good Elvis was. 


September 8th, 2011 at 10:06 PM ^

Was Lou trying his hand at humor or was he being his normal senile self?

In 1990, we ran for 3,350 yards.  That's an average of 279 yards rusing a game.

In 1991, Desmond's Heisman year, we ran for 3,008 yards.  That's an average of 250 yards rushing a game. 

John Vaughn had 201 yards rushing against ND in 1990.  Ricky Powers had 177 rushing yards in the 1991 game.


September 9th, 2011 at 10:29 AM ^

 my god could you imagine if they had any meaningful seasons in the last 20 years! The ammount of media attention and hype they get year in year out with being terrible just about every year!  It's obvious to me that God hates Notre Dame how else can you explain a top 5-10 recruiting class every year and a .500 record