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1973 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1973 record10–0–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Moeller (1st season)
MVPPaul Seal
CaptainDave Gallagher
CaptainPaul Seal
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/3 Ohio State § 7 0 1     10 0 1
#6/6 Michigan § 7 0 1     10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0     2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1973 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1973 college football season. In his fifth year as Michigan's head coach, Bo Schembechler led the team to a 10–0–1 record. It was Michigan's first undefeated season since 1948. The Wolverines outscored their opponents 330 to 68. Michigan was ranked #6 in both post-season polls.

The season ended with a 10-10 tie against Ohio State. Both teams entered undefeated, with the winner guaranteed a trip to the Rose Bowl. When the game ended in a tie, the Big Ten athletic directors votedin a secret ballot to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan athletic officials and fans were outraged, and Schembechler argued that Michigan was robbed of its on-field achievements. For months afterward, Ohio State newspapers were flooded with angry Wolverine letters and threats of lawsuits.

On offense, the team was led by quarterback Dennis Franklin who completed 36 of 67 passes for 534 yards and rushed 101 times for 425 yards. Four Michigan running backs, Ed Shuttlesworth, Chuck Heater, Gil Chapman, and Gordon Bell, combined for 2,417 rushing yards. Shuttlesworth, Franklin, wing back Clint Haserlig, and offensive guard Bill Hoban were all selected as All-Big Ten Conference players.

On defense, the Wolverines held opponents to 68 points, an average of 6.2 points per game. Defensive tackle Dave Gallagher and cornerback Dave Brown were both selected as first-team All-Americans. Middle linebacker Steve Strinko led the team with 77 total tackles and 108 total tackles.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15, 1973 at Iowa #5/NA Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31–7   52,105
September 22, 1973* Stanford #5/6 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 47–10   80,177
September 29, 1973* Navy #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–0   88,042
October 6, 1973* Oregon #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–0   81,113
October 13, 1973 at Michigan State #5/4 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 21–0   78,263
October 20, 1973† Wisconsin #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–6   87,723
October 27, 1973 at Minnesota #4/4 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 34–7   44,435
October 27, 1973 Indiana #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–13   76,432
November 10, 1973 Illinois #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–6   76,461
November 17, 1973 at Purdue #4/4 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 34–9   56,485
November 24, 1973 #1/1 Ohio State #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 10–10   105,223
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 10 7 7 7 31
Iowa 0 7 0 0 7

[1]


OregonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oregon 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 0 14 0 10 24
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Larry Cipa made his first career start in place of the injured Dennis Franklin, who missed the game due to a broken index finger suffered in practice during the week. [2]


PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdownsLong
Ed Shuttlesworth1937453.9915
Chuck Heater1146665.8671
Gil Chapman1115424.9653
Gordon Bell884755.3424
Dennis Franklin1014254.2649

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Dennis Franklin6736553.753414.8446
Larry Cipa3513237.116312.5136

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Paul Seal1425418.1346
Clint Haslerig1321016.1141

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Gil Chapman613322.2028
Clint Haslerig612721.2031
Chuck Heater48421.0028

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Gil Chapman1317913.8183
Tom Drake913915.4054
David Brown141258.9153

TacklesEdit

Player TacAst TotPBUFR
Steve Strinko773110812
Carl Russ40266631
Dave Gallagher37225991
David Brown39165531
Don Dufek38175551

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Franklin Aids Michigan, 31-7." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sept 16.
  2. "Reserve Sparks Michigan." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Oct 7.

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