April 13th, 2010 at 11:54 AM ^

Hi everybody I have been following mgoblog for a while now enjoy it lots as a huge diehard Michigan supporter. I created today and had to say my vote without a doubt is 95 Mich vs osu biakabutka what a performance I will never forget that day with my Dad and Uncle in his basement what a memory and a feeling of joy. my dad just had surgery for pancreatic cancer and is in hospital trying to recover. Go Blue and god bless


April 13th, 2010 at 11:32 AM ^

That was a rhetorical question. No other game comes close.

You should ask what are the 2nd and 3rd best games ever by a running back.

2nd: Chris Perry verse Sparty. 51 carries.


April 13th, 2010 at 11:35 AM ^

where (insert name) did a(n) (insert adjective) job running between the blockers and shredded (insert hated rival). oh man, do you remember when he (insert adverb) (verb past-tense) in the (insert number 1-4) quarter? and the way he destroyed (insert name of rival player). i about (verb past-tense) my (item of clothing). my (insert family member) still talks about it but my (insert degrading adjective) (insert co-worker, neighbor, former classmate, in-law) still thinks it was (insert demeaning adjective) compared to (insert sub-part performance of other rival team) in the (insert bowl game). but i said (expletive) to (insert gender identifier) and gave a wicked high five to everyone else at the (insert common even where people discuss such events) and had another (insert brand of alcoholic beverage).

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April 13th, 2010 at 3:19 PM ^

The weather was horrible. It rained, and then turned to freezing rain, and it snowed a bit. The snow was the best part, because then it turned into even worse freezing rain.

I saw Johnson versus Wisconsin and I saw Biakabatuka versus OSU and I rate Johnson's game higher, because he was doing more work on his own, and all that Wisconsin was doing was looking for him. On a truly awful day; one of the worst I can ever remember. As I recall, Johnson sat down for the last part of the game. Otherwise, it could have been more yards.

Biakabatuka was brilliant, but was running through some great holes, with a wonderfully balanced offense. No shame in second place in this particular question.

I don't know all of the details on Harmon's best individual rushing games, but I think there were a couple of games where Harmon not only ran for a couple hundred yards from scrimmage, but ran back some kicks, kicked some extra points, and got an interception or two! Take that, Charles Woodson.


April 13th, 2010 at 11:36 AM ^

Not that I was around for this one...
Ron Johnson
31 carries, 347 yards, 5 TDs! 1968 versus the badgers

(courtesy of some random iphone app I found called "Michigan Sports Reader")

Or how about...
Tyrone Wheatley
15 carries, 235 yards, 3 TDs 1993 versus Washington


April 13th, 2010 at 11:38 AM ^

Maybe not the greatest, but I distinctly remember Perry punishing everyone in green he saw ahead of him. It was exhausting to watch. Stats:

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Perry, Chris 51 221 2 219 1 15 4.3

Lest I forget what Perry did against OSU that same year (M 35 - O 21)

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Perry, Chris 31 157 3 154 2 30 5.0


April 13th, 2010 at 11:42 AM ^

Biakabutuka by a landslide. His performance that day was unreal, and he singlehandedly won that game against a more talented Buckeyes team.

Edit: After watching the YouTube link, I had no idea Biakabutuka was Canadian. Interesting.


April 13th, 2010 at 11:47 AM ^

Maybe he had a few less yards than Johnson, but the opponents couldn't have been much further apart in talent. Wisconsin finished 0-10 in '68, they were a joke. OSU finished 11-2 in 1995, and was undefeated coming into the Michigan game. Biakabutuka by a country mile.

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April 13th, 2010 at 12:54 PM ^

Screaming at the tv. She cursing at Cooper and the entire team and she could never pronounce his name right and even years later she still refuses to recognize his game against OSU. She's a Buckeye fan, went to OSU where as my father is Michigan fan, went to OSU and still rooted against OSU because he hated them. You should of seen her face in 2003. Priceless.......


April 13th, 2010 at 11:50 AM ^

Maybe not *just* a running back, but an outstanding game..

In his final football game, against Ohio State Harmon led the Wolverines to a 40-0 victory, scoring three rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns, four extra points, intercepting three passes, and punting three times for an average of 50 yards. In an unprecedented display of sportsmanship and appreciation, the Ohio State fans in Columbus gave Harmon a standing ovation at game's end.


April 13th, 2010 at 11:58 AM ^

In his junior year in the Outback Bowl I believe he had 5 touchdowns plus a ton of total yards, mostly receiving. The screen passes were just unstoppable that day against the Fightin' [Name Redacted]'s.


April 13th, 2010 at 12:14 PM ^

best game i was at... i just remember seeing all of the sad faces of buckeyes because they needed to win that game to go to the rose bowl... plus the 2 buckeyes who sat behind us were so pissed because they had already bought and paid for their rose bowl trip figuring there was no way OSU would lose to michigan...

but my vote goes to jamie morris against alabama in the '88 hall of fame bowl... he had 23 carries for 234 yard and 3 TD's... the other reason why morris gets my vote is because he is my favorite all time michigan football player...


April 13th, 2010 at 12:26 PM ^

Justin Feagin - 7 rushes, 49 yards against Minnesota in 2008.

Everyone in attendance thought, uh, you should have burned his redshirt months ago, that wasn't half bad.


April 13th, 2010 at 2:13 PM ^

My personal vote would be for Chris Perry against Oregon in '03...11 carries for 26 yards in an otherwise spectacular season (Heisman finalist / Doak Walker award winner). Until recently being replaced by the Dennis Dixon Statue of liberty play, this was the highlight of my Oregonian cousin's heckling of me (and Michigan) for years.


April 13th, 2010 at 12:36 PM ^ five all time single game rushing performances according to the record book are:

1. Ron Johnson .................. 347
Wisconsin, Nov. 16, 1968
2. Tshimanga Biakabutuka ........ 313
Ohio State, Nov. 25, 1995
3. Jon Vaughn ................... 288
UCLA, Sept. 22, 1990
4. Ron Johnson .................. 270
Navy, Oct. 7, 1967
5. Butch Woolfolk ............... 253
at Michigan State, Oct. 10, 1981

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April 13th, 2010 at 1:27 PM ^

Thanks for those reference points. I remember that Vaughn game but for me it's Biakabutuka's game and it's not even close. Whereas Vaughn's runs were dazzling, they were mostly about great line play and Vaughn's great speed. Biakabutuka's performance came against a very good defense and his moves were so shifty it was like the Buckeyes were tackling air most of the day. It was like Barry Sanders with good blocking. Unreal game.

I attended C Perry's game at MSU and that was very impressive but more of a workmanlike, grinding performance. Besides, MSU's defense didn't hold a candle to what Biakabutuka faced.


April 13th, 2010 at 12:37 PM ^ five all time single game rushing touchdown performances are:

1. Ron Johnson ......................... 5
Wisconsin, Nov. 16, 1968
2. Fritz Seyferth....................... 4
Minnesota, Oct. 24, 1970
Ed Shuttlesworth ....................... 4
Minnesota, Oct. 28, 1972
Rob Lytle .............................. 4
Indiana, Oct. 25, 1975
Chris Howard ........................... 4
UCLA, Sept. 28, 1996
Anthony Thomas ......................... 4
at Hawaii, Nov. 28, 1998


April 13th, 2010 at 12:41 PM ^

I have a hard time voting over Chris Perry against the fuckeyes in 2003. It was my freshman year at Ohio State, and everyone I knew was touting their #1 rushing defense all year. Then watching Chris Perry with his patented side cut, and then explode through for 154 yards was one of my greatest memories at school. When I got back to the dorm I put my stereo in the hall and blasted the Michigan fight song!......shit that was too long ago, I'm so sick of losing.


April 13th, 2010 at 12:44 PM ^

Yards Att. Player Opponent Date
347 31 Ron Johnson Wisconsin Nov. 16, 1968
313 37 Tim Biakabutuka Ohio State Nov. 25, 1995
288 32 Jon Vaughn UCLA Sept. 22, 1990
270 26 Ron Johnson Navy Oct. 7, 1967
253 39 Butch Woolfolk at Michigan State Oct. 10, 1981
235 15 Tyrone Wheatley Washington Jan. 1, 1993
234 23 Jamie Morris Alabama Jan. 2, 1988
234 40 Mike Hart at Illinois Oct. 16, 2004
232 22 Chris Perry Central Michigan Aug. 30, 2003
228 35 Anthony Thomas at Illinois Sept. 23, 2000

Wheatley's 15.70 average for the UDub Rose Bowl is just sick.


April 13th, 2010 at 2:05 PM ^

it might be interesting for folks to know that he was only on the field for the first play of the fourth quarter -- a touchdown run of course. Clearly his performance was the best ever -- if you don't care about the circumstances or opponent. His performance came against Wisconsin, then known as haplesswisconsin. It was in a tune-up for what would be essentially the B10 Championship game at OSU the following week -- the infamous 50-14 game in which Woody went for two. Given the circumstances, one can thus make the case that Biakabutuka's was the best, but I'd still stick with RJ's performance. BTW, Johnson finished 6th in the Heisman voting that year.