1969 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 10–3 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1969 record8–3 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (1st season)
MVPJim Mandich
CaptainJim Mandich
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
← 1968
1970 →
1969 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/5 Ohio State § 6 1 0     8 1 0
#9/8 Michigan § 6 1 0     8 3 0
#18/18 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 4 3 0     4 5 1
Iowa 3 4 0     5 5 0
Indiana 3 4 0     4 6 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     3 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 0     3 7 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1969 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1969 college football season. In their first year under head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 Big Ten), played in the 1970 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #9 in the final AP poll and #8 in the final UPI poll.

The 1969 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game was considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history, as Ohio State came into the game with an 8-0 record, a 22-game winning streak and the #1 ranking in the polls. Michigan defeated Ohio State 24-12 in front of a crowd of 103,588 at Michigan Stadium to win the Big Ten Conference's berth in the Rose Bowl. The game was also the first in a series that came to be known as "The Ten-Year War," a 10-year span during which Michigan under Bo Schembechler battled Ohio State under Woody Hayes, under whom Schembechler had served as both a player at Miami University and an assistant coach at Ohio State. Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup.

Bo Schembechler suffered a heart attack the night before the 1970 Rose Bowl game against an undefeated USC team. The Wolverines lost the Rose Bowl in a defensive struggle by a score of 10-3.

Team captain and tight end Jim Mandich was selected as the 1969 team's most valuable player and as a first-team All-American. Defensive back Tom Curtis was also selected as a first-team All-American, and seven members of the team, including Dan Dierdorf, received first-team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore tailback Billy Taylor was the team's leading rusher and an All-Big Ten honoree. Thirteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football, and four players (Mandich, Curtis, Dierdorf and offensive guard Reggie McKenzie) were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20, 1969* Vanderbilt Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 42–14   70,183
September 27, 1969* Washington #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 45–7   49,684
October 4, 1969* #9/9 Missouri #13/11 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 40–17   64,476
October 11, 1969 #9/9 Purdue Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–20   80,411
October 18, 1969 at Michigan State #13/14 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 23–12   79,368
October 25, 1969 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 35–9   44,028
November 1, 1969† Wisconsin #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–7   60,438
November 8, 1969 at Illinois #18/13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 57–0   35,270
November 15, 1969 at Iowa #14/15 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 51–6   45,981
November 22, 1969 #1/1 Ohio State #12/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 24–12   103,588
January 1, 1970* vs. #5/4 USC #7/8 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 10–3   103,878
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit


Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 6 6 0 0 12
Michigan 7 17 0 0 24





  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, sophomore, Chesaning, Michigan
  • Richard W. Brown, middle guard, senior, Auburn, Michigan
  • Al Carpenter, defensive end, sophomore, Flint, Michigan - started 1 game at offensive right guard
  • Dana Coin, defensive end and place-kicker,[6] sophomore, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Tom Curtis (No. 25), defensive back, senior, Aurora, Ohio - started all 11 games at safety
  • Thom Darden (No. 35), defensive back, sophomore, Sandusky, Ohio - started 10 games at wolfman (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Bruce Elliott, defensive back, sophomore, Indianapolis, Indiana - started 1 game at right halfback
  • Alan Francis, middle guard, senior, Euclid, Ohio
  • Fred Grambau (No. 92), defensive tackle, sophomore, Ossineke, Michigan - started all 11 games at left defensive tackle (also started 2 games at left tackle on offense)
  • Frank Gusich, defensive back, sophomore, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started 1 game at wolfman
  • Brian Healy (No. 24), defensive back, senior, Sandusky, Ohio - started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 2 games at right halfback on offense)
  • Henry Hill (No. 39), middle guard, junior, Detroit - started all 11 games at middle guard (also started 2 games at left guard and 1 at right guard on offense)
  • Marty Huff (No. 70), linebacker, junior, Toledo, Ohio - started all 11 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right tackle and 1 at left halfback on offense)
  • Joseph M. Jones, linebacker, senior, Evanston, Illinois
  • Mike Keller (No. 90), defensive end, sophomore, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started all 11 games at left defensive end (also started 2 games at left end on offense)
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, junior, Alliance, Ohio
  • Edward M. Moore (No. 97), linebacker, junior, Youngstown, Ohio - started 10 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right end on offense)
  • Pete Newell (No. 82), defensive tackle, junior, Park Ridge, Illinois - started all 11 games at right defensive tackle (also started 2 games at center and 1 at right tackle on offense)
  • Daniel Parks, defensive tackle, junior, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Barry Pierson (No. 29), defensive back, senior, St. Ignace, Michigan - started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Cecil Pryor (No. 55), defensive end, senior, Corpus Christi, Texas - started all 11 games at right defensive end (also started 1 game at left end and 1 at right end on offense)
  • Thomas Takach, defensive end, senior, Detroit
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, sophomore, Detroit - started 1 game at linebacker
  • Timothy Wadhams,[7] defensive back, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mark Werner, defensive back, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Robert E. White, defensive back, senior, Middleville, Michigan
  • George Zuganellis, linebacker, senior, Chicago

Awards and honorsEdit

1969 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1970 NFL Draft.[8]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim Mandich Tight End 2 29 Miami Dolphins
Cecil Pryor Defensive End 5 120 Green Bay Packers
Barry Pierson Defensive Back 5 127 St. Louis Cardinals

Eighteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974-1975), Tom Curtis (Baltimore Colts, 1970-1971), Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972-1981), Dan Dierdorf (St. Louis Cardinals, 1971-1983), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972-1979), Fred Grambau (Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes);[9][10] Marty Huff (San Francisco 49ers, 1972; Edmonton Eskimos, 1973; Charlotte Hornets, 1974-1975), Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Jim Mandich (Miami Dolphins, 1970-1977; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978), Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972-1982; Seattle Seahawks, 1983-1984), Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974-1975), Pete Newell (BC Lions, 1971);[11] Cecil Pryor (Memphis Southmen),[12] Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972); Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973-1977), Paul Staroba (Cleveland Browns, 1972; Green Bay Packers, 1973), Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), and Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972-73).



Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdowns
Billy Taylor1418646.17
Glenn Doughty1507324.94
Don Moorhead1706253.79
Garvie Craw1173442.912


Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Don Moorhead21099747.1126112.7622
Jim Betts3316048.529318.3259


Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Jim Mandich5167613.3332
Bill Harris1530220.1059
Mike Hankwitz1316512.7026
Paul Staroba1214111.8015

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Glenn Doughty1019919.9031
Billy Taylor510921.8044
Preston Henry68313.8023

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Barry Pierson1930015.8160
Marty Huff13131.0131
Tom Curtis11211.9012

Coaching staffEdit


  1. University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  2. "Rose-Bound Michigan Dethrones Ohio State." Palm Beach Post. 1969 Nov 23.
  3. "Guard Baumgartner plans California trip". The Michigan Daily. November 6, 1968.,3426406&dq=bob-baumgartner+michigan&hl=en.
  4. Harpring's son, Matt Harpring, played 12 years in the NBA.
  5. "Bay County Sports Hall of Fame: Tom Huiskens brought passion to football field at Bay City Central, University of Michigan". August 1, 2010.
  6. Coin set the NCAA record in 1971 with 55 consecutive extra points without a miss. He also broke the Michigan record for longest field goal with a 42-yard field goal against Arizona in 1970.
  7. Wadhams later became the CEO of Masco, a Fortune 400 company. See here.
  8. "1970 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC.
  9. "The Robesonian". March 12, 1976.,1089196&dq=fred+grambau&hl=en.
  10. "Awards race at a glance". Edmonton Journal. October 23, 1974.,1154951&dq=fred+grambau&hl=en.
  11. CFLpedia
  12. "Former U-M Gridder, Board Member Pryor Passes Away". University of Michigan. October 20, 2005.
  13. Elliot Legow (October 15, 1969). "Freshman football key to varsity Success". The Michigan Daily.,2408377.

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