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1978 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1978 Michigan Wolverines football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #5
AP #5
1978 record 10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (10th year)
MVP Rick Leach
Captain Russell Davis
Captain Jerry Meter
Home stadium Michigan Stadium

The 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16, 1978 Illinois #4/4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 31–0   104,102
September 23, 1978 at #14/14 Notre Dame* #5/5 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ABC W 28–14   59,075
September 30, 1978 Duke* #4/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 52–0   104,832
October 7, 1978 Arizona* #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–17   104,913
October 14, 1978 Michigan State #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 15–24   105,132
October 21, 1978 at Wisconsin #9/9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 42–0   80,024
October 28, 1978 Minnesota #8/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–10   105,308
November 4, 1978 at Iowa #8/9 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–0   49,120
November 11, 1978 at Northwestern #7/7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 59–14   27,013
November 18, 1978 #15/16 Purdue #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–6   105,410
November 25, 1978 at #16/14 Ohio State #6/6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 14–3   88,358
January 1, 1979 vs. #3/3 USC* #5/5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 10–17   105,629
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes


Notre Dame

1 234Total
Michigan 0 7714 28
Notre Dame 7 700 14



1 234Total
Duke 0 000 0
Michigan 7 171414 52
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game attendance: 104,832



Michigan State

Michigan's only conference loss of the season.






Ohio State

1 234Total
Michigan 7 070 14
Ohio St 3 000 3

Michigan held Ohio State without a touchdown for the third straight year. [3]

Rose Bowl




  • Gene Bell, safety, junior, East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Norm Betts, outside linebacker - tight end, freshman, Midland, Michigan
  • Mark Braman, defensive back, senior, Midland, Michigan - started 10 games at strong-side cornerback
  • Gasper Calandrino, defensive back, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Andy Cannavino, inside linebacker, sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio - started 6 games at inside linebacker
  • Mark DeSantis, outside linebacker, senior, Harper Woods, Michigan - started 4 games at inside linebacker
  • Gerald Diggs, defensive back, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Chris Godfrey, defensive tackle, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 6 games at defensive tackle
  • Curtis Greer, defensive tackle, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • Mike Harden, defensive back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at safety
  • Stuart Harris, defensive back, sophomore, Chagrin Falls, Ohio - started 2 games at safety
  • Robert K. Holloway, outside linebacker, senior, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • James N. Humphries, middle guard, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Tony Jackson, defensive back, freshman, Cleveland, Ohio
  • William Jackson, defensive tackle, senior, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mike Jolly, defensive back, junior, Melvindale, Michigan
  • Dale Keitz, middle guard - defensive tackle, senior, Columbus, Ohio - started all 12 games (6 at middle guard, 6 at defensive tackle)
  • Tom Keller, outside linebacker, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Timothy Malinak, inside linebacker, senior, Flemington, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas A. Melita, middle guard, senior, Penns Grove, New Jersey
  • Jerry Meter, inside linebacker, senior, Birmingham, Michigan - started all 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Dan Murray, wolf, junior, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 1 game at strong-side cornerback
  • Ben Needham, outside linebacker, sophomore, Groveport, Ohio - started 2 games at outside linebacker
  • Mel Owens, inside linebacker, junior, DeKalb, Illinois - started 2 games at inside linebacker
  • Tom Seabron, outside linebacker, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 10 games at outside linebacker
  • Ron Simpkins, inside linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at inside linebacker
  • Mike Trgovac, middle guard, sophomore, Austintown, Ohio - started 6 games at middle guard
  • Gary Weber, defensive tackle, junior, Matawan, New Jersey



Coaching staff


External links

  • 1978 Football Team -- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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