Today’s post remembers a milestone victory in Wolverine Football History – the day Michigan won game #700. Yes, it was November 4, 1989 when Bo Schembechler’s team earned an important milestone victory for the Michigan Football program.
Michigan won game #700 at The Big House in 1989. The fourth-ranked Wolverines were on a roll. After losing the season opener to Notre Dame, Michigan was on a six-game winning streak and in the hunt for Bo’s thirteenth Big Ten Championship.
Actually, the game was “over” by the end of the second quarter. Bo’s footballers scored first when quarterback Michael Taylor tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to a freshman named Desmond Howard. Tony Boles, pictured above, added two more rushing touchdowns (39-yards and 2-yards) and Chris Calloway caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac. Even though Michael Taylor left the game with a leg injury, Michigan was ahead by a score of 28-7 at halftime.
(Note: Tony Boles photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Fullback Leroy Hoard crashed into the end zone for a 2-yard score and Michigan led 35-7 heading into the final quarter of play.
Purdue took advantage of some Michigan turnovers to score 20-points in the final fifteen minutes. However, Tony Boles countered with an 85-yard kickoff return for the Wolverines.
Final Score: Michigan 42 and Purdue 27
I am certain that Bo was not happy with the events of the fourth quarter, but it was a solid win. In addition to program win #700, the victory was Bo’s Schembechler’s 191st win at Michigan. The Wolverines went on to win their final three regular season games (Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State) and posted a perfect conference record of 8-0-0 to win Bo’s thirteenth and final Big Ten Championship.
Of course, his career ended on a low-note in the Rose Bowl with a 10-17 loss to Southern California on January 1, 1990.
So, that’s how Michigan won game #700. Today, they sit at 951 program victories thanks to the BIG win over Penn State. Nobody in college football has more football wins, noooooooobody! Go Blue!
(Note-To put things in perspective – Michigan State won their 700th game at Maryland on November 3, 2018. Yes, that’s only 39-years later. Just sayin!)
What is the longest winning streak in the Michigan vs Penn State football series so far?
After losing his first two games to Penn State in 1995 and 1996, Lloyd Carr went on a 9-game winning streak against the Nittnay Lions. Coach Carr won the 1997 game and didn’t lose again for the rest of his career which ended in 2007.
Lloyd Carr’s nine-game winning streak in longest in the series since Penn State could only win four straight games from 2008 to 2013.
When did Michigan and Rutgers, two of the oldest teams in the history of college football, first meet on the football field?