1988 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
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 coach
Offensive coordinatorGary Moeller (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLloyd Carr (2nd season)
MVPMark Messner
Captains
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 101,701)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 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
No. 20 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

The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan as a member of the Big Ten Conference during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its 20th season under head coach Bo Schembechler, the team compiled a 9–2–1 record (7–0–1 against conference opponents), won the Big Ten championship, defeated USC in the 1989 Rose Bowl, outscored opponents by a total of 361 to 167, and was ranked No. 4 in the final AP and UPI polls.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Michael Taylor with 957 passing yards, tailback Tony Boles with 1,408 rushing yards, and split end Greg McMurtry with 470 receiving yards, and placekicker Mike Gillette with 97 points scored.[3]

Two Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1988 All-America college football team: center John Vitale (consensus) and defensive tackle Mark Messner (consensus). Seven Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1988 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 109:00 p.m.at No. 13 Notre Dame*No. 9CBSL 17–1959,075
September 173:30 p.m.No. 1 Miami (FL)*No. 15ABCL 30–31105,834
September 241:00 p.m.Wake Forest*No. 19
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 19–9102,776
October 12:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 19W 62–1461,180
October 812:00 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 17
Big 10 Synd.W 17–3106,208
October 153:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 15ABCT 17–1767,700
October 223:30 p.m.No. 14 IndianadaggerNo. 20
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 31–6106,104
October 292:00 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 14W 52–733,647
November 53:30 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 14
ABCW 22–7102,171
November 121:00 p.m.IllinoisNo. 13
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 38–9105,714
November 1912:00 p.m.at Ohio StateNo. 12ABCW 34–3190,176
January 1, 19895:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 USC*No. 11ABCW 22–14101,688
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

Further information: 1988 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre123456789101112131415Final
AP11109151919171520141413121111114
Coaches10 (1)10 (1)1016RV202017RV141312111011114

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Game summaries

at Notre Dame

1 234Total
#9 Michigan 0 773 17
#13 Notre Dame 10 306 19

See also: 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and Michigan–Notre Dame football rivalry

Miami (FL)

1 234Total
#1 Miami (FL) 7 7017 31
#15 Michigan 3 1737 30

See also: 1988 Miami Hurricanes football team


[5] [6]

Wake Forest

Wisconsin

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Michigan State

Kicker Mike Gillette scored on a 40-yard fake punt run, a play that was put in during halftime, and kicked a 30-yard field goal as Michigan's defense registered five sacks and an interception against the winless Spartans.[8]

at Iowa

1 234Total
Michigan 3 770 17
Iowa 7 1000 17

See also: 1988 Iowa Hawkeyes football team


A 17-17 tie at Kinnick Stadium was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect Big Ten season for the Wolverines.[9]

Indiana

See also: 1988 Indiana Hoosiers football team

Northwestern

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Minnesota

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Illinois

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Ohio State

See also: 1988 Ohio State Buckeyes football team and The Game (Michigan–Ohio State)

Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes
1 2 34Total
Michigan 10 10 01434
Ohio St 0 0 141731

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 19, 1988
  • Game time: 12:10 p.m.
  • Game weather: Overcast, 44 °F (7 °C)
  • Game attendance: 90,176
  • Referee: John Nealow
  • Box Score
Game information

vs. USC (Rose Bowl)

Rose Bowl
1 234Total
Michigan 3 0613 22
USC 0 1400 14

Main article: 1989 Rose Bowl

See also: 1988 USC Trojans football team


Players

Offense

Defense

Special teams

Awards and honors

Coaching staff

References

  1. ^ "1988 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "1988 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "1988 Michigan Wolverines Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Michigan 1988 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hurricanes blow past Wolverines." Eugene Register-Guard. 1988 Sept 18.
  6. ^ "Miami Doesn't Wilt in Michigan Heat" Chicago Tribune. 1988 Sept 18.
  7. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  8. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1988 Oct 9. Retrieved 2015-Oct-04.
  9. ^ "Michigan, Iowa Both Fit To Be Tied". Chicago Tribune. October 16, 1988. Retrieved September 2, 2019.