History of Michigan game winning FGs

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on October 20th, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Date Player Time Yards Opponent Score
10/17/1914 Lamar Splawn 4th Q 25 at Michigan State 3-0
11/20/1920 Frank Steketee 2nd Q 30 at Minnesota 3-0
10/29/1921 Frank Steketee 4th Q   at Illinois 3-0
10/13/1923 Jack Blott 2nd Q 11 vs Vanderbilt 3-0
10/24/1925 Benny Friedman 2nd Q 15 at Illinois 3-0
11/17/1928 Austin Morris Hughes   21 vs Michigan State 3-0
11/19/1932 Harry Newman 2nd Q 15 at Minnesota 3-0
9/23/1967 Frank Titas 0:11 27 vs Duke 10-7
11/13/1971 Dana Coin 0:26 25 at Purdue 20-17
11/18/1972 Mike Lantry 1:00 30 vs Purdue 9-6
10/22/1983 Bob Bergeron 0:08 45 vs Iowa 16-13
10/18/1986 Mike Gillette 0:00 34 vs Iowa 20-17
9/23/1989 J.D. Carlson 0:01 24 at UCLA 24-23
11/24/1990 J.D. Carlson 0:00 37 at Ohio 16-13
9/10/1994 Remy Hamilton 0:00 42 at Notre Dame 26-24
8/31/2002 Phil Brabbs 0:00 44 vs Washington 31-29
10/10/2003 Garrett Rivas 0:47 33 at Minnesota 38-35
10/23/2004 Garrett Rivas 2:45 35 at Purdue 16-14
10/1/2005 Garrett Rivas OT 35 at Michigan State 34-31
1/3/2012 Brendan Gibbons OT 37 Virginia Tech 23-20
10/20/2012 Brendan Gibbons 0:05 38 vs Michigan State 12-10

Out of Michigan's 900 victories, only 21 of them have come on a game winning FG. Here is the complete documented history of these heart stoppers.



October 20th, 2012 at 11:36 PM ^

Whenever there's a game winning field goal at the Big House, it's always in the same end zone, at least in my lifetime. Gibbons, Brabbs, Gillette, Bergeron. Dana Coin and Mike Lanty's kicks, I have no idea. I've never seen footage of them.


October 20th, 2012 at 11:46 PM ^

Gibbons has two wins via field goal, and both in 2012 (albeit, one came in a bowl game.)

Also, we have more wins by field goal against MSU than over any other school (four total wins spanning 98 years.)


October 20th, 2012 at 11:53 PM ^

(1) Nice list ... how did you compile that?  By hand?  Or some computer query?

(2) Any time I see "Mike Lantry" I have to smile

(3) I wonder what the "lose on failed FG" list looks like?  One comes to my mind: 1976 vs. Purdue.  I can still hear Bob Ufer: "No good ... no good ... no good."


October 21st, 2012 at 12:59 AM ^

I can only imagine some of this info being in old newspaper articles. There must be some other form of primary documentation to which OP is privy.

RE Lantry, I can only think "1974," as well as the then-President having to take his side when questions about that failed (?) 18-yarder came up at press conferences.


October 20th, 2012 at 11:57 PM ^

Just came from Cincy at Toledo, and Toledo won 29-23 without a single offensive touchdown. One defensive, one special teams, and a crapload of field goals.


October 21st, 2012 at 5:50 AM ^

It amazes me that there was a 35 year stretch with no game winning field goals. Looking (briefly) at the scores from that time period it seems that there were some games that were close enough in score to be decided by a game winning field goal. Does anyone know a site that lists the box scores for older games?


October 21st, 2012 at 12:43 PM ^

At the risk of re-starting the perennial firestorm, perhaps my biggest complaint about Rodriguez was his handling of the place kickers. In particular, I've never forgiven the "maybe we'll find a kicker on the Penn Turnpike" comment. It may have been funny - and even appropriate if this was the prosm-- but to be bad-mouthing your own 18-year old kicker, never. That's when I joined the RR must go club.

snarling wolverine

October 21st, 2012 at 5:15 PM ^

Rich Rod was just too defensive in general (no pun intended, certainly).   He seemed to feel like he was on trial when dealing with the media and needed to exonerate himself.   Hoke, in this situation, would probably just say something like "God bless him, he's still our placekicker and we believe in him."