1989 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 10–17 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 7
Record10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGary Moeller (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorLloyd Carr (3rd season)
MVPTony Boles
Captains
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 101,701)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 7 Michigan $ 8 0 0 10 2 0
No. 10 Illinois 7 1 0 10 2 0
No. 16 Michigan State 6 2 0 8 4 0
No. 24 Ohio State 6 2 0 8 4 0
Minnesota 4 4 0 6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0 5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0 5 6 0
Purdue 2 6 0 3 8 0
Wisconsin 1 7 0 2 9 0
Northwestern 0 8 0 0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 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 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its 21st and final season under head coach Bo Schembechler, the team compiled a 10–2 record (8–0 against conference opponents), won the Big Ten championship, lost to USC in the 1990 Rose Bowl, outscored opponents by a total of 335 to 184, and was ranked No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, in the final AP and UPI polls.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Michael Taylor with 1,081 passing yards, tailback Tony Boles with 839 rushing yards, and split end Greg McMurtry with 711 receiving yards, and placekicker J.D. Carlson with 73 points scored.[3]

Defensive back Tripp Welborne was a consensus first-team selection to the 1989 All-America college football team. Six Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1989 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Season

The Wolverines lost their season opener to Notre Dame but won ten consecutive games to finish the regular season. Highlights of the winning streak included the defeat of Minnesota by 34 points for the Little Brown Jug and a victory over Ohio State in their home finale.

The team leaders included running back Tony Boles, who rushed for 839 yards, and Michael Taylor, who threw for 1,081 yards. Greg McMurtry was the Wolverine's leading receiver with 41 catches for 711 yards. Schembechler retired after the Rose Bowl, which the Wolverines lost to USC by a touchdown.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 163:30 p.m.No. 1 Notre Dame*No. 2ABCL 19–24105,912
September 238:00 p.m.at No. 24 UCLA*No. 5ABCW 24–2371,797
September 301:00 p.m.Maryland*No. 6
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 41–21104,872
October 71:00 p.m.WisconsinNo. 5
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 24–0104,097
October 143:30 p.m.at No. 21 Michigan StateNo. 5ABCW 10–776,913
October 213:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 5ABCW 26–1267,700
October 2812:00 p.m.IndianadaggerNo. 5
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 38–10105,989
November 41:00 p.m.PurdueNo. 4
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 42–27105,128
November 113:30 p.m.at No. 8 IllinoisNo. 3ABCW 24–1073,069
November 1812:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 3ESPNW 49–1535,103
November 2512:00 p.m.No. 20 Ohio StateNo. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
ABCW 28–18106,137
January 1, 19904:45 p.m.vs. No. 12 USC*No. 3ABCL 10–17103,450
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Notre Dame

#1 Notre Dame at #2 Michigan
1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 7107 24
Michigan 0 6013 19

See also: 1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and Michigan–Notre Dame football rivalry

UCLA

See also: 1989 UCLA Bruins football team

Maryland

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Wisconsin

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Michigan State

1 234Total
Michigan 7 300 10
Michigan St 0 007 7

Iowa

See also: 1989 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

Indiana

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Purdue

1 234Total
Purdue 0 7020 27
• Michigan 7 2177 42

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Illinois

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Minnesota

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Ohio State

1 234Total
Ohio St 0 396 18
• Michigan 7 7014 28

Todd Plate's second interception of the day with 2:48 left in the game sealed the game and the Big Ten title for the Wolverines. [5]

Rose Bowl

1 234Total
• USC 0 1007 17
Michigan 0 370 10

Main article: 1990 Rose Bowl

See also: 1989 USC Trojans football team

The 1990 Rose Bowl was a rematch of the previous Rose Bowl in which Michigan won 22 to 14. USC scored the first points in the second quarter with a one-yard run by Todd Marinovich. Michigan got a field goal to make it 7 to 3 but the Trojans added another field goal before the half to take a 10 to 3 lead at halftime. Although Michigan tied the score, Ricky Ervins had a fourteen-yard touchdown run which clinched the Rose Bowl for the Trojans.[6]

Player stats

Passing AT CMP Pct. YDS
Michael Taylor 122 74 .61 1081
Rushing Yds Att Avg
Tony Boles 839 131 6.4
Receiving Rec Yds Avg
Greg McMurtry 41 711 17.3

Roster

1989 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Derrick Alexander Fr
RB 46 Tony Boles Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Players

Offense

Defense

Kickers

Awards and honors

Professional football

The following players were claimed in the 1990 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Leroy Hoard Running Back 2 45 Cleveland Browns
Greg McMurtry Wide Receiver 3 80 New England Patriots
Chris Calloway Wide Receiver 4 97 Pittsburgh Steelers
Derrick Walker Tight End 6 163 San Diego Chargers

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A total of 25 players from the 1989 team went on to play professional football. They are Bobby Abrams (New York Giants 1990-91, Cleveland Browns 1992, New York Giants 1992, Dallas Cowboys 1992-93, Minnesota Vikings 1993-94, New England Patriots 1995), Derrick Alexander (Cleveland Browns 1994–95, Baltimore Ravens 1996–97, Kansas City Chiefs 1998–01, Minnesota Vikings 2002), Erick Anderson (Kansas City Chiefs 1992-93, Washington Redskins 1994-95), Tony Boles (Dallas Cowboys 1991; San Antonio Riders 1992), Jarrod Bunch (New York Giants 1991–93, Los Angeles Raiders 1994), Corwin Brown (New England Patriots 1993–96, New York Jets 1997–98, Detroit Lions 1999–00), Chris Calloway (Pittsburgh Steelers 1990-91, New York Giants 1992-98, Atlanta Falcons 1999, New England Patriots 2000), Joe Cocozzo (San Diego Chargers 1993-97), Tom Dohring (Kansas City Chiefs 1992), Matt Elliott (Washington Redskins 1992, Carolina Panthers 1995-97), Steve Everitt (Cleveland Browns 1993-95, Baltimore Ravens 1996, Philadelphia Eagles 1997-99), Elvis Grbac (San Francisco 49ers 1993-96, Kansas City Chiefs 1997-00, Baltimore Ravens 2001), Leroy Hoard (Cleveland Browns 1990-95, Baltimore Ravens 1996, Carolina Panthers 1996, Minnesota Vikings 1996-99), Desmond Howard (Washington Redskins 1992-94, Jacksonville Jaguars 1995, Green Bay Packers 1996, Oakland Raiders 1997-98, Green Bay Packers 1999, Detroit Lions 2000-02), Burnie Legette (New England Patriots 1993-94), Tony McGee (Cincinnati Bengals 1993-01, Dallas Cowboys 2002-03, New York Giants 2003), Greg McMurtry (New England Patriots 1990-93, Chicago Bears 1994), Doug Skene (New England Patriots 1994), Greg Skrepenak (Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 1992-95, Carolina Panthers 1996-97), Buster Stanley (New England Patriots 1994, Rhein Fire 1996-97, Grand Rapids Rampage 1999-00), Mike Teeter (Indianapolis Colts 1990, Frankfurt Galaxy 1991, Minnesota Vikings 1991, Houston Oilers 1993–94, Carolina Panthers 1995), Brian Townsend (Cincinnati Bengals 1992), Jon Vaughn (New England Patriots 1991-92, Seattle Seahawks 1993-94, Kansas City Chiefs 1994), Derrick Walker (San Diego Chargers 1990-93, Kansas City Chiefs 1994-97, Oakland Raiders 1999), and Tripp Welborne (Minnesota Vikings 1992).

Coaching staff

References

  1. ^ "1989 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "1989 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "1989 Michigan Wolverines Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1989 Nov 5.
  5. ^ "Michigan hoards the spotlight." Eugene Register-Guard. 1989 Nov 26.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "1990 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2007-12-20.