Today is a great day to wish Happy Birthday to a Michigan Man named Paul Jokisch. According to the 1986 Michigan Football Media Guide, Paul Jokisch was born on this date at Clarkston, Michigan. We’ll learn more about his athletic career at Michigan later in the post. First, let’s get to the answer to yesterday’s trivia question and reveal today’s question!
What Michigan team was the first one to win a Sugar Bowl game?
Trivia Question Answer for January 3, 2018: Team #132 – the 2011 Michigan Football team won Michigan’s first Sugar Bowl game on January 2, 2012.
Michigan, under head coach Bo Schembechler, played in the program’s first Sugar Bowl game on January 2, 1984. Bo’s team slowed down future Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, but they did not stop him completely. Michigan lost to Auburn that day by a score of 7-9.
Fast forward to the 2011 football season under a new coach named Brady Hoke. The Wolverines bounced back from 7-6 season in 2010 to a 10-2 regular season record in 2011. Michigan, despite a lower ranking than some other schools, received the bid to the Sugar Bowl because, well, they’re Michigan! The Wolverines defeated Virginia Tech in overtime (23-20) to claim their first-ever Sugar Bowl victory. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 11 wins and 2 losses. Brady Hoke’s tenure was off to a great start. However, as you know, it ended badly in 2014.
What Michigan athlete was the first one to win twelve varsity letters in Ann Arbor?
Paul Jokisch was a two-sport athlete (football and basketball) who played in the mid-1980s. He came to Ann Arbor from Clarkston, Michigan. Paul was an outstanding athlete at Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan.
Jokisch started twenty-one games from 1984 to 1986. He played flanker in 1984 and then switched to split end for the last two years of his career. Paul caught a lot of passes from a guy named Jim Harbaugh during his playing years. In fact, he caught fifty-eight balls for 1,088 yards and 6 touchdowns. He averaged 18.8 yards per catch for his career. At 6 feet 8 inches and 240 pounds, he was a BIG target who ran very well!
Paul’s longest touchdown catch was a 67-yarder that he hauled in during a 31-7 win at Minnesota in 1984. Paul’s best game took place against Illinois in 1985. He caught 6 passes for 130 yards against Illinois in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie.
So, today is a great day to remember the contributions of Paul Jokisch to Michigan Football and basketball. I hope that he has a great celebration today on his special day. Happy Birthday Paul and Go Blue!
Welcome to today’s edition of the Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog. Thanks to all of you who follow this site. Like you, we are passionate about Michigan Football History and love telling the story of the winningest program in college football history.
Just a reminder, this site is totally, one-hundred percent, dedicated to the history of Michigan Football. That’s all we talk about here. In fact, we don’t even talk about recruiting or all of the hype that comes before every game. All we talk about is what happened – that’s it!
We love the basketball teams, baseball, hockey, and every other sport that Michigan participates in. However, this site is about Wolverine Football History – everyday! That’s it, that’s what we do. Fortunately, Michigan Football has a great story to tell. So, we tell it one day, one player, one coach, and one game at a time.
In 2017, we posted 365 articles that reflected on over 1,900 Michigan Football “firsts.” Yes, that was a lot of firsts! This year we will continue to look at Michigan Football History through the lens of one trivia question per day. We will test your knowledge of Wolverine Football with a wide range of questions. Some questions will be about famous Michigan Football coaches and others will be about famous games. Some days will focus on a famous play from a memorable game and other days will look at the notable achievements of a famous player. Thanks to Michigan’s rich history, there will be no shortage of questions.
Each blog post will begin with the answer to the previous day’s question. Then, the question of the day will be asked. Finally, we will make sure we remember, and celebrate, at least one Wolverine coach or player with a “Happy Birthday” wish or a short remembrance for any Michigan Man who is no longer with us.
There are plans to add some “Michigan Football Trivia” challenges later in the year. These challenges will test your Wolverine Knowledge against other Michigan Football fans. We will keep score on the challenges and offer some impressive prizes. Stay tuned for more information later.