January 1, 1972
Site: Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium)
Score: #16 Stanford 13, #4 Michigan 12
1972 Rose Bowl Recap
By 1971, Bo had the foundation in place for a Big Ten dynasty. After stopping the Buckeyes, 10-7, in the regular season finale Michigan completed its first undefeated and untied season since 1948 and prepared to meet Stanford in Pasadena.
Stanford entered the contest with an impressive 8-3 record despite the loss of Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett to graduation the previous spring. John Ralstons Indians thrived on the talents of quarterback Don Bunce and running back Jackie Brown.
Dana Coin made a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter to produce the only points scored by either team in the first half. When the gun sounded after 30 minutes, Michigan held a 3-0 edge as they left the soggy Rose Bowl turf for the locker room.
Stanford egressed from the locker room to start the third period and held the Wolverines inches short of the games first touchdown with a dramatic goal line stand. The Indians gained control of the ball and marched down the field where soccer-style kicker Rod Garcia added a field goal of his own, this one from 42 yards away. Early in the fourth quarter, Michigan fullback Fritz Seyferth plunged across from the one-yard line, and the Wolverines regained the lead, 10-3.
Facing fourth down on its own 33-yard line, Stanford used a fake punt to spring Brown for a 31-yard gain. Several plays later, Brown again broke free, this time for 24 yards and the score that tied the contest at 10 apiece. Minutes later, when Coins 42-yard field goal attempt fell short, Indian Jim Ferguson caught and intended to return the ball, but Ed Shuttlesworth dropped him in the end zone to give Michigan two points on the safety and a 12-10 advantage. Following a Michigan punt, the Indians took over on their 22-yard line, and Bunce proceeded to complete five of his next six passes to move his squad down the field. With 16 seconds remaining in the game, Ralston sent Garcia in for one final play. The kick sailed 31 yards straight over the crossbar, and Stanford claimed a narrow victory, 13-12, on the 70th anniversary of their stunning loss to U-M in the first Rose Bowl game
| Michigan || 0 || 3 || 0 || 9 || -- || 12 |
| Stanford || 0 || 0 || 3 || 10 || -- || 13 |
U-M -- Coin, 30-yard field goal
S -- Garcia, 42-yard field goal
U-M -- Seyferth, 1-yard run (Coin kick)
S -- Brown, 24-yard run (Garica kick)
U-M -- Safety-Ferguson tackled in end zone by Shuttleworth
S -- Garcia, 31-yard field goal
Rushing-- (M): W. Taylor 32-82; Shuttlesworth 13-62; Slade 13-41; Doughty 11-56; (S): Brown 6-60; Winesberry 4-15; Sanderson 5-16.
Passing -- (M): Slade 3-10-26; Cipa 0-1-0; (S): Bunce 24-44-290.
Receiving -- (M): Doughty 2-13; Seymour 1-13; (S): Winesberry 8-112; Scott 5-55; Brown 5-30; Moore 3-52; Sanderson 3-45.