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2005 Michigan Wolverines football
Alamo Bowl, L 28–32 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2005 record7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachLloyd Carr (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorTerry Malone (4th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Herrmann (9th season)
Base defenseMultiple
MVPJason Avant
CaptainJason Avant
CaptainPat Massey
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,501)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3/3 Penn State §   0* 1         0* 1  
#4/4 Ohio State §   7 1         10 2  
#15/15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2005 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. That year Michigan Wolverines football competed in the Big Ten Conference in almost all intercollegiate sports including men's college football. Despite a disappointing 7–5 finish after being ranked as high as #2 early in the season, Michigan did not lose a game by more than a touchdown and upset Penn State, who finished #3 in the nation, on a last second touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham. The team earned an invitation to participate in the 2005 Alamo Bowl, where it lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a 32–28 margin. The team's first five conference games were all decided in the final 24 seconds of regulation or in overtime.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 3:30 PM Northern Illinois #4/4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 33–17   110,971
September 10* 12:00 PM #20/23 Notre Dame #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC L 10–17   111,386
September 17* 12:00 PM Eastern Michigan #14/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN+ W 55–0   109,511
September 24 6:00 PM at Wisconsin #14/13 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 L 20–23   83,022
October 1 12:00 PM at #11/12 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 34–31 OT  79,401
October 8† 1:00 PM Minnesota #21/24 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC L 20–23   111,117
October 15 3:30 PM #8/10 Penn State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 27–25   111,249
October 22 12:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN W 23–20 OT  70,585
October 29 7:00 PM at #21/23 Northwestern #25/NR Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 33–17   47,130
November 12 12:00 PM Indiana #21/22 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN2 W 41–14   110,580
November 19 1:00 PM #9/9 Ohio State #17/17 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC L 21–25   111,591
December 28* 8:00 PM vs. Nebraska #20/21 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 28–32   63,016
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

Michigan StateEdit

Michigan at Michigan State
by Quarter1234

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Michigan 14 10 0 7

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Michigan St 7 14 3 7

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Statistical achievementsEdit

The team led the conference in kick return average in all games (23.4), while Michigan State led in conference games.[2] Mike Hart set the school record for career 200-yard games (4), passing Ron Johnson's 3 set in 1968. He extended the record, which is still standing, to 5 in 2007.[3] His 200-yard game came after missing two and a half games due to injury. During the three injury-affected games Michigan lost to Notre Dame and Wisconsin and slipped out of the polls for the first time since 1998, snapping the nation's longest streak of 114-straight poll appearances.[4]

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