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1975 Michigan Wolverines football
Orange Bowl, L 14–6 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
1975 record8–2–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (7th season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Moeller (3rd season)
MVPGordon Bell
CaptainDon Dufek Jr.
CaptainKirk Lewis
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#8/8 Michigan 7 1 0     8 2 2
Michigan State 4 4 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 1     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Iowa 3 5 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 6 1     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1975 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1975 college football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

The defense stopped Archie Griffin's NCAA record 31-game 100-yard rushing game streak.[1]

The November 8 game against Purdue was historic in that it was the first game of a streak in which 100,000 or more fans attended a game at Michigan Stadium, one which continues to this day.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13, 1975 at Wisconsin #2/NA Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 23–6   79,022
September 20, 1975* Stanford #2/3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI T 19–19   92,304
September 27, 1975* Baylor #9/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 14–14   104,248
October 4, 1975* #5/5 Missouri #12/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–7   104,578
October 11, 1975 at #15/16 Michigan State #8/8 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 16–6   79,776
October 18, 1975 Northwestern #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 69–0   86,201
October 25, 1975† Indiana #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 55–7   93,857
November 1, 1975 at Minnesota #7/7 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 28–21   33,191
November 8, 1975 Purdue #6/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–0   102,415
November 15, 1975 at Illinois #4/4 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 21–15   45,077
November 22, 1975 #1/1 Ohio State #4/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 21–14   105,543
January 1, 1976* vs. #3/3 Oklahoma #5/5 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 14–6   76,799
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

WisconsinEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 0 10 3 10 23
Wisconsin 3 3 0 0 6

[2]



Michigan StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 0 6 0 10 16
Michigan State 3 0 3 0 6

[4]



IndianaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Indiana 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan 14 20 14 7 55

[5]


PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

  • John Anderson, defensive end, sophomore, Waukesha, Wisconsin - started 1 game at right defensive end
  • Jim Bolden, defensive back, junior, Akron, Ohio - started 11 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Philip J. Brumbaugh, defensive back, senior, Greenville, Ohio
  • Tim Davis, middle guard, senior, Warren, Ohio - started 11 games at middle guard
  • David Devich, linebacker, senior, Highland, Indiana - started all 12 games at middle linebacker
  • Don Dufek, wolfman, senior, East Grand Rapids, Michigan - started all 12 games at wolfman
  • John Hennessy, defensive tackle, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at left defensive tackle, 1 at right defensive tackle
  • Dwight Hicks, safety, sophomore, Pennsauken, New Jersey - started 10 games at safety
  • Bill Hoban, defensive tackle, senior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Michael G. Holmes, defensive end, senior, Akron, Ohio - started 10 games at right defensive end, 1 at left defensive end
  • Derek Howard, defensive back, sophomore, Hamilton, Ohio - started 1 game at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Dan Jilek, defensive end, senior, Sterling Heights, Michigan - started all 12 games (11 at left defensive end, 1 at right defensive end)
  • Kurt Kampe III, defensive back, senior, Defiance, Ohio
  • Richard A. Koschalk, middle guard, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started 1 game at middle guard
  • Bob Lang, middle guard, junior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rex Mackall, linebacker, sophomore, Berea, Ohio
  • Greg Morton, defensive tackle, junior, Akron, Ohio - started 10 games at right defensive tackle, 1 at left defensive tackle
  • Calvin O'Neal, linebacker, junior, Saginaw, Michigan - started all 12 games at wide linebacker
  • Jeff Perlinger, defensive tackle, senior, Crystal, Minnesota - started 8 games at left defensive tackle
  • Eric Phelps, defensive end, sophomore, Salem, New Hampshire
  • Jim Pickens, safety, sophomore, Sylvania, Ohio - started all 12 games (11 at strong-side defensive halfback, 1 at safety)
  • Charles D. Randolph, defensive tackle, senior, Amelia, Ohio
  • Tom Seabron, defensive end - tight end, freshman, Detroit, Michigan
  • Michael Strabley, linebacker, junior, Massillon, Ohio
  • Greg Strinko, defensive end, senior, Middletown, Ohio
  • Jerry Vogele, linebacker, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dave Whiteford, safety, junior, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Jerry Zuver, safety, junior, Archbold, Ohio - started 1 game at strong-side defensive halfback

Awards and honorsEdit

Professional footballEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Gordon Bell Running Back 4 104 New York Giants
Dan Jilek Linebacker 4 109 Buffalo Bills
Don Dufek Defensive Back 5 126 Seattle Seahawks
Steve King Tackle 5 129 New York Jets
Jim Czirr Center 9 252 Denver Broncos
Jeff Perlinger Defensive End 10 268 San Diego Chargers

[6]

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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