1988 Hall of Fame Bowl
1234 Total
Michigan 01477 28
Alabama 30615 24
DateJanuary 2, 1988
StadiumTampa Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPJamie Morris (Michigan RB)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBob Costas, Ahmad Rashad, Paul Maguire
Hall of Fame Bowl
 < 1986 1989

The 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, part of the 1987 bowl game season, took place on January 2, 1988, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The competing teams in the second edition of the Hall of Fame Bowl were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference. In what was the first ever meeting between the schools, Michigan was victorious by a final score of 28–24.



See also: 1987 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1987 Alabama squad finished the regular season with losses to Florida, Memphis State, Notre Dame and Auburn to compile a 7–4 record. Following their loss against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, the Crimson Tide accepted an invitation to play in the Hall of Fame Bowl.[1] The appearance marked the first for Alabama in the Hall of Fame Bowl, and their 40th overall bowl game.


See also: 1987 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1987 Michigan squad finished the regular season with losses to Notre Dame, Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State to finish with a record of 7–4. Their appearance marked the first for Michigan in the Hall of Fame Bowl, and their 19th overall bowl game. In mid December 1987, head coach Bo Schembechler underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery and was unable to coach in the bowl game.[2] Due to this circumstance, Gary Moeller was given the coaching responsibilities for the game.

Game summary

Alabama scored first following a 51-yard field goal by kicker Philip Doyle, and led 3–0 after the first quarter.[3] In the second quarter, Jamie Morris scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 14 yards as Michigan took a 14–3 lead to halftime.[3] In the third quarter, Morris scored on a 77-yard touchdown run, stretching Michigan's lead to 21–3.[3] Alabama responded with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Dunn to tight end Howard Cross, making it 21–9. In the fourth quarter, Bobby Humphrey scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 17 yards as Alabama took a 24–21 lead.[3] Michigan scored the game-winning touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Demetrius Brown to John Kolesar for a 28–24 win.[3]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Michigan Alabama
1 8:43 10 plays, 42 yards Alabama 51-yard field goal by Philip Doyle 0 3
2 5:21 1 play, 25 yards Michigan Jamie Morris 25-yard touchdown run, Mike Gillette kick good 7 3
2 0:47 11 plays, 76 yards Michigan Jamie Morris 14-yard touchdown run, Mike Gillette kick good 14 3
3 9:36 2 plays, 80 yards Michigan Jamie Morris 77-yard touchdown run, Mike Gillette kick good 21 3
3 4:55 11 plays, 72 yards Alabama Howard Cross 16-yard touchdown reception from Jeff Dunn, 2-point run failed 21 9
4 12:54 Alabama Bobby Humphrey 1-yard touchdown run, Philip Doyle kick good 21 16
4 3:45 11 plays, 79 yards Alabama Bobby Humphrey 17-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass good 21 24
4 0:48 6 plays, 62 yards Michigan John Kolesar 20-yard touchdown reception from Demetrius Brown, Mike Gillette kick good 28 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 28 24


  1. ^ Laubach, David (November 28, 1987). "Defense impresses Michigan coaches". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 15. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Hurt, Cecil (December 20, 1987). "Wolverines have battled adversity". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 1B. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hurt, Cecil (January 3, 1988). "Final seconds doom the Tide". The Tuscaloosa News. p. 1B. Retrieved January 31, 2011.