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1988 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 22–14 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1988 record9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (20th season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Moeller (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLloyd Carr (2nd season)
MVPMark Messner
CaptainMark Messner
CaptainJohn Vitale
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Michigan 7 0 1     9 2 1
Michigan State 6 1 1     6 5 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 1 3     6 4 3
#20/19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 3 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ohio State 2 5 1     4 6 1
Northwestern 2 5 1     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     1 10 0
Minnesota 0 6 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the first of five consecutive Big Ten Championships.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10, 1988* at #13/11 Notre Dame #9/10 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 19–17   59,075
September 17, 1988* #1/1 Miami (FL) #15/16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 31–30   105,834
September 24, 1988* Wake Forest #19/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 19–9   102,776
October 1, 1988 at Wisconsin #19/19 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 62–14   61,180
October 8, 1988 Michigan State #17/20 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 17–3   106,208
October 15, 1988 at Iowa #15/17 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA T 17–17   67,700
October 22, 1988† #14/14 Indiana #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–6   106,104
October 29, 1988 at Northwestern #14/14 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52–7   33,647
November 5, 1988 Minnesota #14/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 22–7   102,171
November 12, 1988 Illinois #13/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–9   105,714
November 19, 1988 at Ohio State #12/11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 34–31   90,176
January 1, 1989* vs. #5/5 USC #11/11 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 22–14   101,688
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

Wake ForestEdit

Ohio StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 10 10 0 14 34
Ohio State 0 0 14 17 31

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PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

  • Tony Boles - started 10 games at tailback (team's leading rusher in 1988 with 1,408 yards)
  • Demetrius Brown - started 3 games at quarterback (48 of 84 for 775 passing yards)
  • Jeffrey Brown - started 11 games at tight end
  • Jarrod Bunch - started 5 games at fullback
  • Chris Calloway - started 5 games at flanker and 1 game at split end (led team with 4 touchdown catches)
  • Dave Chester - started 2 games at left guard
  • Dean Dingman - started 12 games at right guard
  • Tom Dohring - started 10 games at left tackle
  • Leroy Hoard - started 6 games at fullback and 1 game at tailback (team's second leading rusher in 1988 with 752 yards)
  • Chris Horn - started 1 game at fullback
  • Mike Husar - started 10 games at left guard and 2 games at left tackle
  • John Kolesar - started 7 games at flanker (team's second leading receiver with 18 catches for 356 yards)
  • Greg McMurtry - started 10 games at split end (team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 470 yards)
  • Greg Skrepenak - started 12 games at right tackle
  • Michael Taylor - started 9 games at quarterback (65 for 122 for 957 passing yards)
  • John Vitale - started 12 games at center
  • Derrick Walker - started 1 game at tight end and 1 game at split end
  • Tracy Williams - started 1 game at tailback

DefenseEdit

  • Bobby Abrams - started 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Erick Anderson - started 6 games at inside linebacker (led team with 77 tackles)
  • David Arnold - started 10 games at cornerback
  • Mike Evans - started 1 game at defensive tackle
  • J. J. Grant - started 9 games at inside linebacker (tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • John Hermann - started 2 games at defensive tackle
  • David Key - started 12 games at cornerback (fifth on the team with 63 tackles)
  • Alex Marshall - started 9 games at outside linebacker
  • Mark Messner - started 12 games at defensive tackle (fourth on the team with 70 tackles)
  • Anthony Mitchell - started 1 game at outside linebacker
  • Vada Murray - started 12 games at free safety (second on team with 4 interceptions)
  • T. J. Osman - started 12 games at middle guard
  • Todd Plate - started 2 games at cornerback
  • Marc Spencer - started 3 games at inside linebacker
  • Tripp Welborne - started 12 games at strong safety (led team with five interceptions; tied for second on the team with 72 tackles)
  • Brent White - started 9 games at defensive tackle
  • Tim Williams - started 2 games at outside linebacker

Special teamsEdit

  • Tony Boles - kick off returns (14 returns for an average of 24.1 yards)
  • Mike Gillette - placekicker (18 of 27 on field goals) and punter (46 punts for an average of 39.9 yards)
  • Gulam Khan - placekicker (0 for 1 on field goals)
  • John Kolesar - kickoff returns (13 returns for an average of 23.5 yards); punt returns (17 returns for an average of 11.9 yards)

Awards and honorsEdit

  • All-Americans: Mark Messner, John Vitale
  • All-Conference: Mark Messner, John Vitale, Mike Husar, John Kolesar, Tony Boles, Mike Gillette, David Arnold
  • Most Valuable Player: Mark Messner
  • Meyer Morton Award: John Vitale
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tripp Welborne
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Warde Manuel
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: David Weil
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mark Messner
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Mark Messner
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: John Kolesar

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. 2010-01-05. p. 68. http://www.bigten.org/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/big10/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/FullFBMG. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  2. University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  3. Ocala Star-Banner. 1988 Nov 20.

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