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1978 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 17–10 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
1978 record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (10th season)
MVPRick Leach
CaptainRussell Davis
CaptainJerry Meter
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16, 1978 Illinois #4/4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 31–0   104,102
September 23, 1978* at #14/14 Notre Dame #5/5 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ABC W 28–14   59,075
September 30, 1978* Duke #4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,832
October 7, 1978* Arizona #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–17   104,913
October 14, 1978 Michigan State #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 24–15   105,132
October 21, 1978 at Wisconsin #9/9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 42–0   80,024
October 28, 1978† Minnesota #8/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–10   105,308
November 4, 1978 at Iowa #8/9 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–0   49,120
November 11, 1978 at Northwestern #7/7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 59–14   27,013
November 18, 1978 #15/16 Purdue #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–6   105,410
November 25, 1978 at #16/14 Ohio State #6/6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 14–3   88,358
January 1, 1979* vs. #3/3 USC #5/5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–10   105,629
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes

Illinois

Notre Dame

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 7 14 28
Notre Dame 7 7 0 0 14

[1]


Duke

Arizona

Michigan State

Michigan's only conference loss of the season.

Wisconsin

Minnesota

Iowa

Northwestern

Purdue

Ohio State

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 0 7 0 14
Ohio St 3 0 0 0 3

Michigan held Ohio State without a touchdown for the third straight year. [2]


Rose Bowl

Players

Offense

  • John Arbeznik, offensive guard, senior, University Heights, Ohio - started 9 games at left offensive guard
  • Greg Bartnick, offensive guard, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at right offensive guard
  • Kurt Becker, offensive guard, sophomore, Aurora, Illinois
  • Jim Breaugh, quarterback, sophomore, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • David Brewster, fullback, freshman, Grafton, Wisconsin
  • Ralph Clayton, wing back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at wing back
  • Michael Davis, fullback, junior, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Russell Davis, fullback, senior, Woodbridge, Virginia - started all 12 games at fullback
  • Brian J. Dickey, quarterback, sophomore, Ottawa, Ohio
  • Bill Dufek, offensive tackle, senior, East Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 3 games at right offensive tackle
  • Stanley Edwards, tailback, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan
  • Rodney Feaster, wide receiver, sophomore, Flint, Michigan - started 7 games at wide receiver
  • Jon Giesler, offensive tackle, senior, Woodville, Ohio - started all 12 games at left offensive tackle
  • Harlan Huckleby, tailback, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 9 games at tailback
  • Gene Johnson, tight end, senior, Flint, Michigan - started 7 games at tight end, 1 game at wide receiver
  • Ed Kasparek, wide receiver, senior, Dearborn, Michigan - started 1 game at wide receiver
  • Rick Leach, quarterback, senior, Flint, Michigan - started all 12 games at quarterback
  • Gary Lee, quarterback, freshman, Flint, Michigan
  • Mike Leoni, offensive tackle, junior, Flint, Michigan - started 5 games at right offensive tackle
  • Tony Leoni, tailback, junior, Flint, Michigan
  • George Lilja, center, junior, Palos Park, Illinois
  • Rock Lindsay, offensive guard, senior, Lapeer, Michigan
  • Doug Marsh, tight end, junior, Akron, Ohio - started 5 games at tight end
  • Alan Mitchell, wide receiver, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan - started 3 games at wide receiver, 1 game at wing back
  • Ed Muransky, offensive tackle, freshman, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Steve Nauta, center, senior, Norristown, Pennsylvania - started all 12 games at center
  • Jim Paciorek, quarterback, freshman, Orchard Lake, Michigan
  • Craig Page, tailback, senior, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Bubba Paris, offensive tackle, freshman, Louisville, Kentucky - started 1 game at right offensive tackle
  • Bernhardt "Chip" Pederson, tight end, senior, Bay City, Michigan
  • John J. Powers, offensive guard, junior, Oak Park, Illinois - started 3 games at left offensive guard, 3 games at right offensive tackle
  • Lawrence P. Reid, fullback, junior, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mark Schmerge, tight end, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Kevin Smith, quarterback - free safety, freshman, Dallas, Texas
  • Roosevelt Smith, tailback, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 1 game at wing back, 1 game at tailback
  • John Wangler, quarterback, junior, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Butch Woolfolk, tailback, freshman, Westfield, New Jersey - started 2 games at tailback

Defense

  • Gene Bell, safety, junior, East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Norm Betts, outside linebacker - tight end, freshman, Midland, Michigan
  • Mark Braman, defensive back, senior, Midland, Michigan - started 10 games at strong-side cornerback
  • Gasper Calandrino, defensive back, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Andy Cannavino, inside linebacker, sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio - started 6 games at inside linebacker
  • Mark DeSantis, outside linebacker, senior, Harper Woods, Michigan - started 4 games at inside linebacker
  • Gerald Diggs, defensive back, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Chris Godfrey, defensive tackle, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 6 games at defensive tackle
  • Curtis Greer, defensive tackle, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • Mike Harden, defensive back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at safety
  • Stuart Harris, defensive back, sophomore, Chagrin Falls, Ohio - started 2 games at safety
  • Robert K. Holloway, outside linebacker, senior, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • James N. Humphries, middle guard, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Tony Jackson, defensive back, freshman, Cleveland, Ohio
  • William Jackson, defensive tackle, senior, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mike Jolly, defensive back, junior, Melvindale, Michigan
  • Dale Keitz, middle guard - defensive tackle, senior, Columbus, Ohio - started all 12 games (6 at middle guard, 6 at defensive tackle)
  • Tom Keller, outside linebacker, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Timothy Malinak, inside linebacker, senior, Flemington, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas A. Melita, middle guard, senior, Penns Grove, New Jersey
  • Jerry Meter, inside linebacker, senior, Birmingham, Michigan - started all 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Dan Murray, wolf, junior, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Ben Needham, outside linebacker, sophomore, Groveport, Ohio - started 2 games at outside linebacker
  • Mel Owens, inside linebacker, junior, DeKalb, Illinois - started 2 games at inside linebacker
  • Tom Seabron, outside linebacker, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at outside linebacker
  • Ron Simpkins, inside linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at inside linebacker
  • Mike Trgovac, middle guard, sophomore, Austintown, Ohio - started 6 games at middle guard
  • Gary Weber, defensive tackle, junior, Matawan, New Jersey

Kickers

  • Bryan Virgil, place-kicker, sophomore, Buchanan, Michigan
  • Greg Willner, punter - place-kicker, junior, Miami Beach, Florida

Awards

Coaching staff

References

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