Today’s post celebrates the contributions of an outstanding Michigan Man ̶ #88 Harry Dean Allis. Allis died on this date in 2006 at the age of seventy-eight. Harry Allis was a solid contributor on Michigan’s national championship team in 1948 and he also helped the Wolverines win two more Big Nine Championships in 1949 and 1950.
Harry Allis played End on offense and defense for Michigan and he was also an excellent placekicker. He led the league in scoring in 1948 while starting two games on Bennie Oosterbaan’s undefeated team (9-0-0). He started nine games at left end in 1949 and had nine more in 1950.
Allis had many highlights during his career, but one of the most memorable must have been his role in the Snow Bowl against Ohio State in 1950. Allis had to perform his placekicking duties in some of the most horrendous weather conditions in the history of college football. If you look at the video on the link below you will see that he missed a field goal (big surprise) at about the 5 minute 40 second mark on the video. However, a few seconds later, Tony Momsen blocked a punt and recovered it for the only touchdown of the game. At six minutes and nine seconds Harry Allis kicked the extra point that made it 9-3 in favor of Michigan and that’s how it ended. Go Blue!
Rest in Peace Harry Allis and thank you for your contributions to the rich history of college football’s winningest team.
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