1974 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 3
1974 record10–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Moeller (2nd season)
MVPSteve Strinko
CaptainDave Brown
CaptainDennis Franklin
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#3/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#12/18 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1974 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1974 college football season. In his sixth year as Michigan's head coach, Bo Schembechler led the team to a 10–1 record. The Wolverines outscored their opponents 324 to 75. Michigan was ranked #3 in final AP Poll of the 1974 season.

Michigan won the first ten games of the 1974 season in convincing fashion, including blowout victories over Colorado (31-0), Navy (52-0), Minnesota (49-0), and Purdue (51-0). In the final game of the season, #3 Michigan faced #2 Ohio State. The Wolverines lost by a score of 12-10. Place-kicker Mike Lantry missed a last-minute field goal that would have given Michigan a victory.

On offense, the team was led by quarterback Dennis Franklin who completed 58 of 104 passes for 933 yards and rushed 108 times for 209 yards. Three Michigan running backs combined for 2,510 rushing yards. Gordon Bell led the way with 1,048 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Rob Lytle added 802 rushing yards, and Chuck Heater 660 yards. Center Dennis Franks and end Dan Jilek were selected as All-Big Ten Conference players.

On defense, the Wolverines held opponents to 75 points, an average of 6.8 points per game. Cornerback Dave Brown was selected as first-team All-American for the second straight year. Five Wolverine defenders were selected for the All-Big Ten Conference team, including Brown, middle linebacker Steve Strinko, wolfman Don Dufek, left tackle Jeff Perlinger, and middle guard Tim Davis. Strinko led the team in total tackles for the second consecutive year and was selected as the team's most valuable player.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14, 1974 Iowa #6/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 24–7   76,802
September 21, 1974* Colorado #6/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–0   91,203
September 28, 1974* Navy #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,232
October 5, 1974* at Stanford #4/3 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–16   52,500
October 12, 1974 Michigan State #4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–7   104,682
October 19, 1974 at Wisconsin #3/2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 24–20   78,911
October 26, 1974† Minnesota #3/2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–0   96,284
November 2, 1974 at Indiana #3/2 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–7   32,873
November 9, 1974 at Illinois #4/2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 14–6   60,670
November 16, 1974 Purdue #3/2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 51–0   88,902
November 23, 1974 at #4/3 Ohio State #3/2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 12–10   88,243
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Season summary[edit | edit source]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

Iowa at Michigan
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan 14 0 7 3 24

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Colorado[edit | edit source]

Navy[edit | edit source]

Stanford[edit | edit source]

Michigan State[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Indiana[edit | edit source]

Illinois[edit | edit source]

Purdue[edit | edit source]

Ohio State[edit | edit source]

Players[edit | edit source]

Offense[edit | edit source]

Defense[edit | edit source]

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Eugene Register-Guard. 1974 September 15. Retrieved 2012-12-4.

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