American Football Database
American Football Database
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.

Schedule

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 notes

Iowa

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 10 7 7 7 31
Iowa 0 7 0 0 7

[1]


Oregon

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 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]


Players

Offense

  • James Armour, offensive guard, senior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Harry Banks, tailback, senior, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Gordon Bell, tailback, sophomore, Troy, Ohio
  • Jim Bolden, tailback, freshman, Akron, Ohio
  • Kevin Casey, quarterback, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jon Cederberg, tailback, senior, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Gil Chapman, wing back, junior, Elizabeth, New Jersey - started 3 games at tailback
  • John A. Cherry, offensive tackle, senior, Willard, Ohio
  • Larry Cipa, quarterback, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started 1 game at quarterback
  • Jim Coode, offensive tackle, junior, Mayfield Heights, Ohio - started 9 games at right tackle
  • James C. Czirr, center, sophomore, St. Joseph, Michigan - started 2 games at center
  • Greg DenBoer, tight end, junior, Kentwood, Michigan
  • Arthur W. Fediuk, tight end, senior, Livonia, Michigan
  • Dennis Franklin, quarterback, junior, Massillon, Ohio - started 10 games at quarterback
  • Dennis Franks, center, junior, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania - started 5 games at center
  • Larry Gustafson, wing back, senior, Mays Landing, New Jersey
  • Gary Hainrihar, offensive guard, senior, Cicero, Illinois - started 3 games at right guard, 2 games at left guard
  • Clint Haslerig, wing back, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started all 11 games at wing back
  • Chuck Heater, tailback, junior, Tiffin, Ohio - started 8 games at tailback
  • Bill Hoban, offensive tackle, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started 7 games at left guard
  • Mike Hoban, offensive guard, junior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Thomas P. Jensen, center, junior, Springfield, Illinois - started 4 games at center
  • Keith Johnson, split end, sophomore, Munster, Indiana
  • Larry L. Johnson, defensive end, senior, Munster, Indiana - started all 11 games at split end
  • R. Steven King, offensive tackle, junior, Tiffin, Ohio
  • Mike Lantry, place-kicker, junior, Oxford, Michigan
  • Kirk Lewis, offensive tackle, sophomore, Garden City, Michigan - started 2 games at right guard, 1 game at left guard
  • Rob Lytle, tailback (JV), freshman, Fremont, Ohio
  • David F. Metz, offensive guard, junior, Harrison, Ohio - started 6 games at right guard, 1 game at left guard
  • Jeff Perlinger, offensive tackle, junior, Crystal, Minnesota - started 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • George Przygodski, tight end, sophomore, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Paul Seal, tight end, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 11 games at tight end
  • Ed Shuttlesworth, fullback, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started all 11 games at fullback
  • Tom Slade, quarterback, senior, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Jim Smith, end, freshman, Blue Island, Illinois
  • Ronald Szydlowski, wing back, senior, Wyandotte, Michigan
  • John E. Thomas, center, senior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Bob Thornbladh, fullback, senior, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Curtis Tucker, offensive tackle, senior, Cleveland, Ohio - started all 11 games at left tackle
  • Pat Tumpane, offensive tackle, junior, Midlothian, Illinois - started 2 games at right tackle

Defense

  • Dave Brandon, defensive end, senior, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Dave Brown, safety, junior, Akron, Ohio - started all 11 games at safety
  • Roy W. Burks, defensive back, junior, Midland, Michigan
  • Donald A. Coleman, defensive end, senior, Daly City, Ohio - started all 11 games at right defensive end
  • Tim Davis, middle guard, sophomore, Warren, Ohio - started 7 games at middle guard
  • Michael J. Day, linebacker, senior, Livonia, Michigan
  • Barry Dotzauer, defensive back, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started 10 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Thomas E. Drake, defensive back, junior, Midland, Michigan - started 1 game at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Don Dufek, wolfman, sophomore, East Grand Rapids, Michigan - started all 11 games at wolfman
  • Donald R. Eaton, defensive end, senior, Lancaster, Ohio
  • David L. Elliott, defensive back, junior, Coral Gables, Florida - started all 11 games at strong-side defensive halfback
  • Dave Gallagher, defensive tackle, senior, Piqua, Ohio - started all 11 games at right defensive tackle
  • Dan Jilek, defensive end, sophomore, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Gregory Koss, safety, senior, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • James M. Lyall, defensive tackle, senior, North Olmstead, Ohio
  • Calvin O'Neal, linebacker, sophomore, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Carl Russ, linebacker, sophomore, Muskegon Heights, Michigan - started all 11 games at w. linebacker
  • Geoffrey Steger, wolf, junior, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Steve Strinko, linebacker, sophomore, Middletown, Ohio - started all 11 games at middle linebacker
  • Douglas Troszak, defensive tackle, senior, Warren, Michigan - started 10 games at defensive left tackle
  • Jovan Vercel, linebacker, senior, Highland, Indiana
  • Donald R. Warner, middle guard, senior, Dearborn, Michigan - started 4 games at middle guard
  • Walter Williamson, defensive end, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 11 games at left defensive end
  • David Zuccarelli, wolf, senior, Chicago, Illinois

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Rushing

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Ed Shuttlesworth 193 745 3.9 9 15
Chuck Heater 114 666 5.8 6 71
Gil Chapman 111 542 4.9 6 53
Gordon Bell 88 475 5.3 4 24
Dennis Franklin 101 425 4.2 6 49

Passing

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Dennis Franklin 67 36 5 53.7 534 14.8 4 46
Larry Cipa 35 13 2 37.1 163 12.5 1 36

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Paul Seal 14 254 18.1 3 46
Clint Haslerig 13 210 16.1 1 41

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 6 133 22.2 0 28
Clint Haslerig 6 127 21.2 0 31
Chuck Heater 4 84 21.0 0 28

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 13 179 13.8 1 83
Tom Drake 9 139 15.4 0 54
David Brown 14 125 8.9 1 53

Tackles

Player Tac Ast Tot PBU FR
Steve Strinko 77 31 108 1 2
Carl Russ 40 26 66 3 1
Dave Gallagher 37 22 59 9 1
David Brown 39 16 55 3 1
Don Dufek 38 17 55 5 1

Coaching staff

References

  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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