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1989 Michigan Wolverines football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #8
AP #7
1989 record 10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (21st year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Moeller (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator Lloyd Carr (3rd year)
MVP Tony Boles
Captain J. J. Grant
Captain Derrick Walker
Home stadium Michigan Stadium

The 1989 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. Bo Schembechler served as the team's head coach for his 21st and final season. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the second of five consecutive Big Ten Championships.[1]


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.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16, 1989 #1/1 Notre Dame* #2/5 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 19–24   105,912
September 23, 1989 at #24/NR UCLA* #5/7 Rose BowlPasadena, CA W 24–23   71,797
September 30, 1989 Maryland* #6/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 41–21   104,872
October 7, 1989 Wisconsin #5/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–0   104,097
October 14, 1989 at #21/19 Michigan State #5/7 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 10–7   76,913
October 21, 1989 at Iowa #5/7 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 26–12   67,700
October 28, 1989 Indiana #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 38–10   105,989
November 4, 1989 Purdue #4/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–27   105,128
November 11, 1989 at #8/8 Illinois #3/5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 24–10   73,069
November 18, 1989 at Minnesota #3/4 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 49–15   35,103
November 25, 1989 #20/18 Ohio State #3/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–18   106,137
January 1, 1990 vs. #12/12 USC* #3/3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 10–17   103,450
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes

Michigan State

1 234Total
Michigan 7 300 10
Michigan St 0 007 7
  • Source: [1]

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

1990 Rose Bowl

The 1990 Rose Bowl was a remach 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.[2]

Team 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. Total
USC Trojans 0 10 0 7 17
Michigan Wolverines 0 3 7 0 10





Awards and honors

  • All-Americans: Tripp Welborne
  • All-Conference: Tony Boles, J.D. Carlson, Dean Dingman, Derrick Walker, Tripp Welborne
  • Most Valuable Player: Tony Boles
  • Meyer Morton Award: Chris Calloway
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Steve Everitt
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Dean Dingman
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Tim Williams
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mike Teeter
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Derrick Walker
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: Chris Calloway

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

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


External links

  • 1989 Football Team – Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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