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1969 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 10–3 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
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
Seasons
← 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.

Schedule

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 notes

Iowa

  • Billy Taylor 21 Rush, 225 Yds [1]


Ohio State

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 6 6 0 0 12
Michigan 7 17 0 0 24

[2]


Players

Offense

  • Morris Abrahams, offensive tackle, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Robert Baumgartner (No. 60),[3] offensive guard, senior, Chicago - started 9 games at offensive left guard
  • William J. Berutti, quarterback, junior, Franklin, Ohio
  • Jim Betts (No. 23), quarterback, junior, Cleveland, Ohio - started 1 game at left halfback
  • Jim Brandstatter (No. 76), offensive tackle, sophomore, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Richard Caldarazzo (No. 56), offensive guard, senior, Melrose Park, Illinois - started 8 games at offensive right guard
  • Garvie Craw (No. 48), fullback, senior, Montclair, New Jersey - started 7 games at full back and 3 games at right halfback
  • Dan Dierdorf (No. 72), offensive tackle, junior, Canton, Ohio - started 7 games at offensive right tackle and 1 at offensive left tackle
  • Glenn Doughty (No. 22), tailback, sophomore, Detroit - started 4 games at left halfback
  • Eric Federico, fullback, senior, Trenton, Michigan
  • John H. Gabler (No. 18), wingback, senior, Royal Oak, Michigan - started 3 games at fullback, 3 games at right halfback
  • Werner W. Hall, offensive tackle, senior, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Mike Hankwitz (No. 81), tight end, senior, Scottsville, Michigan - started 2 games at right end
  • Jack Harpring (No. 71),[4] offensive tackle, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started 8 games at offensive left tackle and 1 at offensive right tackle
  • William J. Harris, split end, junior, Mt. Clemens, Michigan
  • Preston Henry (No. 44), tailback, sophomore, Flint, Michigan - started 2 games at right halfack
  • Thomas A. Huiskens,[5] tight end, sophomore, Bay City, Michigan
  • Jerry Imsland, split end, senior, Northville, Michigan
  • Timothy Killian (No. 57), center, junior, Lincoln Park, Michigan - started 2 games at center
  • Joseph Lukz, offensive guard, senior, Niles, Ohio
  • Jim Mandich (No. 88), tight end, senior, Solon, Ohio - started 8 games at left end
  • Reggie McKenzie (No. 65), offensive guard, sophomore, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Don Moorhead (No. 27), quarterback, junior, South Haven, Michigan - started all 11 games at quarterback
  • Guy Murdock (No. 53), center, sophomore, Barrington, Illinois - started 7 games at center
  • Michael Oldham, split end, sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Robert Ritley, offensive tackle, senior, Garfield Heights, Ohio
  • Peter C. Sarantos, center, senior, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Lance G. Scheffler, tailback, junior, Trenton, Michigan
  • Fritz Seyferth (No. 32), fullback, sophomore, Darien, Connecticut - started 1 game at fullback
  • Paul Seymour (No. 85), split end, sophomore, Berkley, Michigan
  • Paul Staroba (No. 30), wingback, junior, Flint, Michigan - started 3 games at right end
  • Billy Taylor (No. 42), tailback, sophomore, Barberton, Ohio - started 3 games at left halfback
  • Frank Titas, offensive guard, senior, Cleveland, Ohio

Defense

  • 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 honors

1969 team players in the NFL

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).

Statistics

Rushing

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Billy Taylor 141 864 6.1 7
Glenn Doughty 150 732 4.9 4
Don Moorhead 170 625 3.7 9
Garvie Craw 117 344 2.9 12

Passing

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Don Moorhead 210 99 7 47.1 1261 12.7 6 22
Jim Betts 33 16 0 48.5 293 18.3 2 59

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Mandich 51 676 13.3 3 32
Bill Harris 15 302 20.1 0 59
Mike Hankwitz 13 165 12.7 0 26
Paul Staroba 12 141 11.8 0 15

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Glenn Doughty 10 199 19.9 0 31
Billy Taylor 5 109 21.8 0 44
Preston Henry 6 83 13.8 0 23

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Barry Pierson 19 300 15.8 1 60
Marty Huff 1 31 31.0 1 31
Tom Curtis 11 21 1.9 0 12

Coaching staff

References

  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. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7AxKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cR4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=955,3426406&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". Mlive.com. August 1, 2010. http://www.mlive.com/sports/bay-city/index.ssf/2010/08/bay_county_sports_hall_of_fame_8.html.
  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". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm.
  9. "The Robesonian". March 12, 1976. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qbBVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hUANAAAAIBAJ&pg=1851,1089196&dq=fred+grambau&hl=en.
  10. "Awards race at a glance". Edmonton Journal. October 23, 1974. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0SJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QYgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1255,1154951&dq=fred+grambau&hl=en.
  11. CFLpedia
  12. "Former U-M Gridder, Board Member Pryor Passes Away". University of Michigan. October 20, 2005. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091305aaa.html.
  13. Elliot Legow (October 15, 1969). "Freshman football key to varsity Success". The Michigan Daily. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19691015&id=2wxKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cR4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=2583,2408377.

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