1971 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, L 13–12 vs. Stanford
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 6
1971 record11–1 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (3rd season)
MVPBilly Taylor
CaptainFrank Gusich
CaptainGuy Murdock
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/4 Michigan 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1971 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1971 college football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11, 1971 at #20/NA Northwestern #4/NA Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 21–6   42,472
September 18, 1971* Virginia #4/5 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 56–0   81,391
September 25, 1971* UCLA #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–0   88,042
October 2, 1971* Navy #2/2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 46–0   68,168
October 9, 1971 at Michigan State #2/2 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 24–13   80,093
October 16, 1971 Illinois #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–6   73,406
October 23, 1971 at Minnesota #3/3 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 35–7   44,176
October 30, 1971† Indiana #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 61–7   75,751
November 6, 1971 Iowa #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 63–7   72,467
November 13, 1971 at Purdue #3/3 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 20–17   56,485
November 20, 1971 Ohio State #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 10–7   104,016
January 1, 1972* vs. #16/16 Stanford #4/4 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 13–12   103,154
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit | edit source]

Minnesota[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 7 7 14 35
Minnesota 0 7 0 0 7

[1]


Ohio State[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 0 7 0 7
Michigan 0 3 0 7 10

[2]


Players[edit | edit source]

Offense[edit | edit source]

Defense[edit | edit source]

  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, senior, Chesaning, Michigan - started 5 games at middle linebacker, 3 games at defensive right tackle and 3 games at right defensive end
  • Alden J. Carpenter, defensive end, senior, Flint, Michigan - started all 12 games at left defensive end
  • Dana Coin, kicker and linebacker, senior, Pontiac, Michigan - started 2 games at outside linebacker
  • Thom Darden, defensive back, senior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 10 games at safety
  • Barry Dotzauer, defensive back, sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Thomas E. Drake, defensive back sophomore, Midland, Michigan
  • Donald R. Eaton, defensive end, junior, Lancaster, Ohio
  • Bruce N. Elliott, defensive back, senior, Indianapolis, Indiana - started all 12 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • David L. Elliott, defensive back, sophomore, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Gregory A. Ellis, middle guard, junior, Connersville, Indiana - started 10 games at middle guard
  • Dave Gallagher, defensive tackle, sophomore, Piqua, Ohio - started 1 game at middle guard
  • Fred Grambau, defensive tackle, junior, Ossineke, Michigan - started 9 games at left defensive tackle
  • Frank Gusich, wolf, senior, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started 8 games at wolf back
  • Thomas G. Kee, linebacker, junior, Wheaton, Illinois - started all 12 games (9 at right defensive tackle, 3 at outside linebacker)
  • Mike Keller, defensive end, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 6 games at outside linebacker, 5 games at right defensive end
  • Randy Logan, defensive back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at strong-side defensive halfback
  • John P. Middlebrook, linebacker, senior, Jackson, Michigan
  • Robert J. Rosema, defensive end, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Walter E. Sexton, middle guard, sophomore, Massapequa, New York - started 1 game at left defensive tackle and 1 game at middle guard
  • Tony L. Smith, defensive tackle, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Clinton Spearman, defensive end, junior, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Geoffrey Steger, wolf, sophomore, Winnetka, Illinois - started 3 games at wolf back
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 6 games at middle linebacker, 4 games at right defensive end, 1 game at outside linebacker
  • Douglas Troszak, defensive tackle, sophomore, Warren, Michigan

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Professional football[edit | edit source]

Twenty-one members of the 1970 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974-1975), Larry Cipa (New Orleans Saints, 1974-75); Jim Coode (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1974-80); Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972-1981), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972-1979), Dave Gallagher (Chicago Bears, 1974, New York Giants, 1975-76, Detroit Lions, 1978-79); Fred Grambau (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1973-75); Clint Haslerig (Chicago Bears, 1974, Buffalo Bills, 1974-75, Minnesota Vikings, 1975, New York Jets, 1976); Mike Hoban (Chicago Bears, 1974); Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Randy Logan (Philadelphia Eagles, 1973-83); Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972-1982; Seattle Seahawks, 1983-1984), Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974-1975), Bo Rather (Miami Dolphins, 1973, 1978; Chicago Bears, 1974-78); Paul Seal (New Orleans Saints, 1974-76, San Francisco 49ers, 1977-78); Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972); Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973-1977), Ed Shuttlesworth (Toronto Argonauts, 1971-1973); Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972-73); and Bob Thornbladh (Kansas City Chiefs, 1974).

Statistical leaders[edit | edit source]

Rushing[edit | edit source]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Billy Taylor 249 1297 5.2 13 66
Ed Shuttlesworth 182 875 4.8 6 28
Glenn Doughty 98 474 4.8 5 3

Passing[edit | edit source]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Tom Slade 63 27 4 42.9 364 13.5 2 28
Kevin Casey 34 14 1 41.2 165 11.8 1 32
Larry Cipa 25 7 2 28.0 146 20.9 2 49

Receiving[edit | edit source]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Glenn Doughty 16 203 12.7 1 22
Bo Rather 11 181 16.4 2 32
Mike Oldham 7 136 19.4 1 49

Kickoff returns[edit | edit source]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Bo Rather 12 240 20.0 0 30
Harry Banks 5 120 24.0 0 45
Glenn Doughty 3 50 16.7 0 21

Punt returns[edit | edit source]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Thom Darden 23 237 10.3 0 47
Bruce Elliott 28 225 8.0 0 36

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Michigan Routs Gophers." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 24.
  2. "Michigan comes from behind to knock off Ohio State, 10-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1971 Nov 21.

External links[edit | edit source]

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