#7 Michigan (0-0)
Saturday, September 4, 1999 (3:30 p.m. EDT)
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Projected Attendance: 110,000-plus
Radio Coverage: WJR (760 AM Detroit) will originate the game on the Michigan Football Network. Frank Beckmann handles play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter is the analyst and Dan Dickerson provides sideline reports and analysis. WUOM (91.7 FM) has Tom Hemingway doing play-by-play and Tom Slade as analyst.
TV Coverage: ABC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Brent Musburger will handle the play-by-play duties with Dan Fouts providing commentary. Jack Arute provides sideline reports and analysis.
Series History: Michigan and Notre Dame will play for the 29th time on Saturday, Sept. 4. The Wolverines hold a 16-11-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the record during the 1990s knotted at 3-3 with one tie. The inaugural game was played 112 years ago, an 8-0 shutout by Michigan in 1887 (game was played in South Bend, Ind.). The Wolverines won the first eight games in the series, but the Irish hold a 5-4 advantage in games played at Michigan Stadium.
Last Meeting: (Notre Dame 36, Michigan 20 -- Notre Dame Stadium, Sept. 5, 1998) Notre Dame scored 31 unanswered points to begin the second half, after Michigan held a 13-6 halftime lead on a Jay Feely field goal and one-yard Tom Brady keeper with 23 second left in the second quarter. Michigan scored its only points of the second half on an eight-yard TD pass from Drew Henson to Jerame Tuman. Brady completed 23-of-36 passes for 267 yards, while Tai Streets hauled in eight receptions for 101 yards and Marcus Knight added five catches for 126 yards. Clarence Williams rushed 13 times for 114 yards.
QUICKLY ON COACH CARR ...
Lloyd Carr (Northern Michigan, 1968)
Beginning fifth season as Michigan Head Coach
39-11 overall record at Michigan
Carr begins his fifth year as Michigan's head coach and enters his 20th season with the University of Michigan football program. He led the Wolverines to a 10-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference last season. He guided the Wolverines to back-to-back Big Ten titles and a 45-31 victory in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl. In 1997, Carr led the Wolverines to a 12-0 record and a share of the national title that earned him national Coach of the Year honors. Carr, previously a Michigan assistant coach for 15 years, began his college coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) before joining Gary Moeller's staff at Illinois in the same role (1978-79). Carr came to Michigan in 1980 as Bo Schembechler's secondary coach. Carr served as defensive coordinator (1987-94) and was assistant head coach (1990-94).
Did You Know
Lloyd Carr is one of only nine current Division I-A coaches who have won a national title. The others are: Joe Paterno, Penn State (2, 1982 and 1986); Dennis Erickson, Oregon State (2, 1989 and 1991 at Miami, Fla.); Bobby Bowden, Florida State (1, 1993); Lavell Edwards, Brigham Young (1, 1984); Steve Spurrier, Florida (1, 1996); Lou Holtz, South Carolina (1, 1987 at Notre Dame); John Robinson, UNLV (1, 1978 at Southern Cal); Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee (1, 1998). Carr was the quickest to win his national title though, winning college football's top team honor in only his third year as a collegiate head coach.
NATIONAL RANKING NOTES ...
Michigan Eighth in the Preseason AP Poll
The 1999 Michigan football team received a preseason No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press Poll announced Saturday, Aug. 14. This is the second consecutive year that the Wolverines will begin the season listed in the top 10 in both major national polls. Michigan moved up to No. 7 in this week's AP poll (Aug. 29).
Wolverines Seventh in USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll
The Michigan football team will begin its 120th year of gridiron action ranked seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll announced Thursday, Aug. 5. The Wolverines finished 12th in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches' and Associated Press polls last year. There was no new coaches' poll this week.
-- This will be the 12th consecutive game between Michigan and Notre Dame in which the Wolverines enter the contest ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press national poll.
-- In six straight games played between Michigan and Notre Dame from 1989 and 1994, each of the team's was ranked 11th or high in the Associated Press poll.
-- The 1999 game is the 19th consecutive contest between the two schools with at least one team entering the game ranked in the Associated Press poll. Both teams have entered the matchup ranked in 16 of those 19 years.
Associated Press Preseason National Rankings
Michigan enters the 1999 campaign ranked eighth by the Associated Press and seventh in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Wolverines have been ranked 14 consecutive years in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, and 28 of the last 29 years (the only year Michigan was not ranked in the preseason poll was 1985, but it proceeded to finish the year ranked No. 2 nationally). The Wolverines are ranked No. 8 in the preseason AP poll for the first time since 1970, when they defeated Arizona 20-9 at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 19. Here's a look at where Michigan was ranked in the preseason and final AP polls since 1970:
MICHIGAN TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES ...
Live Stats Via Internet
Live in-game statistics and photographs are available during every home Michigan football game, via the University of Michigan Athletic Department internet website (mgoblue.com).
Michigan Experience Debuts
The newest addition to the Michigan football gameday lineup is the Michigan Football Experience. This pregame event makes its debut at the Michigan-Notre Dame game, with doors at the Indoor Track Building opening at 11:30 a.m. The Michigan Football Experience will include numerous interactive games, live radio and television remotes, free giveaways and musical entertainment. The marching band and cheerleaders will be on-hand for a pregame pep rally each week. This pregame event is open to the general public with no admission charge (a $1 fee will be assessed to play the interactive games).
The ESPN GameDay crew will be making its second on-site trip of the season (last week in State College, Pa., for the Arizona-Penn State game) for the Notre Dame-Michigan game. They will be located inside Gate 9 of Michigan Stadium on the left-hand side. The pregame show features host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit. This will mark the second straight year that the GameDay crew will be at the battle between the Wolverines and Irish.
Battle of Nation's Best
The Michigan - Notre Dame game is a matchup of the nation's two most prestigious college football programs. The Wolverines and Irish rank 1-2 in the NCAA in all-time victories and 2-1 in the NCAA in all-time winning percentage.
All-Time Division I-A Football Records by Wins
All-Time Division I-A Football Records by Percentage
Michigan - Notre Dame Series Information
-- Notre Dame is Michigan's most common non-conference opponent, passing Case (now Case Western Reserve) last year with the 28th matchup between the two programs.
-- Every game in the modern history has been a sellout.
-- Michigan leads the all-time series 16-11-1, but Notre Dame has a 5-4 record at Michigan Stadium.
-- Michigan is the only school to have a winning record against Notre Dame (minimum five meetings). The others schools that have a winning record are: Georgia (1-0), Yale (1-0), Chicago (4-0) and Florida State (3-1).
-- The Wolverines have won two of the last three games at the "Big House."
-- Michigan is just one of three Division I-A teams to own a winning record against Notre Dame. The others are Florida State (3-1) and Georgia (1-0).
-- Notre Dame will be making its 10th appearance at Michigan Stadium. The Irish are one of only six teams (Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse are the others) to have a winning record against Michigan at the "Big House." The Irish are 5-4 at Michigan Stadium, while the two schools are 2-2 in season openers in the "Big House."
Michigan Begins 120th Season of Gridiron Action
The Wolverines will be taking the field for their 120th season on Saturday, Sept. 4 (3:30 p.m. kickoff). The first University of Michigan football game was a 1-0 victory over Racine on March 30, 1879, in Chicago, Ill. The Wolverines have proceeded to post an NCAA-record 786 wins (786-257-36).
Michigan will open the season against Notre Dame for the 10th time in school history. The Fighting Irish are the third most common opponent for the Wolverines in season openers, trailing Case (16 games) and Michigan State (15). Michigan opened its season against Notre Dame six years in a row (1985-90), as well as the 1988, 1992 and 1998 seasons. The Irish are the only team since 1982 to beat the Wolverines in a season opener (last loss to a non-Notre Dame team was a 21-14 loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 12, 1981). Michigan is 98-18-3 in season-opening games.
The Wolverines have an 98-16-3 record all-time in home openers, including an 8-1 record at the "Big House" in the 1990s. Michigan had won eight straight home openers until last season's 38-28 loss to Syracuse on Sept. 12.
The Michigan - Notre Dame game will tie for the fourth earliest season opener in school history for the Wolverines. Michigan's only previous game held on Sept. 4 was a 41-14 season-opening victory over Washington State at Michigan Stadium in 1993. All five of the earliest games in school history have been played in the "Big House," with Michigan coming out on top in the first four contests.
|Aug. 26, 1995||Virginia||W, 17-16|
|Aug. 31, 1996||Illinois||W, 20-8|
|Sept. 3, 1994||Boston College||W, 34-26|
|Sept. 4, 1993||Washington State||W, 41-14|
Michigan in the 1990s
Entering the final year of this decade, the Wolverines have compiled an impressive 83-24-3 (.768) record during the 1990s. Michigan is tied for eighth (Miami also has 83 victories) among Division I-A institutions in terms of wins this decade. The Wolverines need seven victories to reach 90 wins in a decade for only the third time in school history (1970s and 1980s). The school record is 96 victories (96-16-3 from 1970-79), while the best-ever winning percentage by decade was .898 (82-8-3 record), set during the 1900-09 seasons.
Wolverines at Home in 1990s
The University of Michigan has an impressive 45-11-1 record (.798) at Michigan Stadium in the 1990s. Michigan's home mark ranks 10th among all Division I-A football in terms of winning percentage, and lists tied for ninth in victories with Miami (45-9).
Finishing the Way You Started
The University of Michigan football team looks to finish the decade the way it started it with three consecutive Big Ten titles. The Wolverines claimed Big Ten titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992, and have won back-to-back conference crowns (1997 and 1998) heading into the 1999 season. Michigan leads the Big Ten with five titles during the 1990s, followed by Ohio State (three), Wisconsin (two) and Northwestern (two). The Wolverines' school record for most conference titles in a decade is seven, set during the 1970s (1971-72-73-74-76-77-78).
Most Big Ten Conference Titles in a Decade
|8||Ohio State (1970-72-73-74-75-76-77-79)|
Carr Looks for 40th Win
Michigan fifth-year head coach Lloyd Carr enters the 1999 season needing one victory for 40 in his career. Carr has posted a 39-11 career record and a 25-7 Big Ten mark in four seasons at the helm of the University of Michigan football program. He has a 22-3 record at Michigan Stadium, with his .886 winning percentage ranking as the best of any Wolverine coach at the "Big House."
Strong September Starts Under Carr
The Michigan football program has started strong under head coach Lloyd Carr, posting a 12-2 record during the month of September. He won the first 10 games of his career in September, and has outscored the opposition by a 423-220 differential. Carr is 9-1 at Michigan Stadium, 3-1 on the road and 3-2 against top 25 teams in September. Michigan has a 110-27-3 (.796) record during the month of September.
Tri-Captains Lead Wolverines
The 1999 Michigan team captains are fifth-year senior nose tackle Rob Renes (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS), fifth-year senior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS) and senior/junior eligible left guard Steve Hutchinson (Coral Spring, Fla./Coral Springs HS). The three were voted captains by their teammates for this 120th squad to don the maize and blue.
-- Renes is only the second nose tackle to be a co-captain (Henry Hill was the other in 1970).
-- Brady is the fifth quarterback to be selected co-captain, joining Don Moorhead (1970), Dennis Franklin (1974), Jim Harbaugh (1986) and Elvis Grbac (1992).
-- The selection of Hutchinson marks the fifth straight season with an offensive lineman as a captain. The previous players are: Joe Marinaro (1995), Rod Payne (1996) and Jon Jansen (1997 and 1998).
-- This is just the sixth time in school history that the Wolverines have had tri-captains voted in (1976, 1982, 1985, 1992, 1998 were the other years) since Bo Schembechler introduced co-captains at Michigan in 1970.
-- The announcement of Renes, Brady and Hutchinson marks the first time since 1976 and only the second time in history that there have been two offensive captains and one defensive captain.
-- The 1976 tri-captains were offensive guard Kirk Lewis, tailback Rob Lytle and linebacker Calvin O'Neal.
Renes Shares Lead in Career Starts
Rob Renes enters his final campaign as one of three veteran leaders on the team with 25 career starts, joined by senior strong safety Tommy Hendricks (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS) and senior/junior left tackle Jeff Backus (Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS). Renes has made 25 consecutive starting assignments at nose tackle and has played in 34 career games (tied for eighth on the squad). An All-America and Academic All-America candidate for the coming season, Renes led the defensive line with a career-best 51 tackles last year. He enters 1999 with 105 career tackles and looks to become the school's first four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference football player.
Career Starts Among Returning Players
Hall Sacking the Record Books; Butkus Award
Senior rush linebacker James Hall (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS) looks to become one of Michigan's premiere sack specialists this season. A 1999 Butkus Award candidate, Hall has 18 career sacks, listing him sixth-best at Michigan. He registered 11 sacks a year ago to tie for the second-highest season mark in school history. He made a career-high 63 tackles and a team-high 18 TFLs in 1998, and enters his final year with 131 career tackles, 28 TFLs, 18 sacks and five PBUs. He is fourth on the team with 24 career starts and has made 21 consecutive starts at rush linebacker heading into the 1999 season. Hall is tied for second among active Wolverines with 36 career games played.
Hendricks Named Thorpe Award Candidate
Senior strong safety Tommy Hendricks, a Jim Thorpe Award candidate for the upcoming season, leads a young secondary as the team's 1998 top returning tackler. Hendricks registered a career-high 79 tackles a year ago, four TFLs, one sack and four PBUs. He is tied with Renes and Backus for most career starts among returning players with 25, and lists tied for second with 36 career games played (out of a possible 37 contests). Hendricks has 153 career tackles in the secondary and needs 58 tackles to reach Michigan's top five in career tackles by a defensive back. Don Dufek Jr. (1973-75) holds the school record with 249 career tackles in the secondary.
Michigan Defensive Backs All-Time Tackles
|1.||Don Dufek Jr.||249||1973-75|
Jones Eyes 20th Career Start
Senior inside linebacker Dhani Jones (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill HS) looks to make his 20th career start in the Notre Dame game. Jones currently lists seventh on the team with 19 career starts and ranks tied for fifth with 35 career games played. He was named a 1999 Butkus Award candidate for the second straight year, and is the team's top returning active tackler, with 166 stops. He returns to inside linebacker after playing the majority of 1998 at outside linebacker, posting the third-best tackle total on the team with 72 stops. Jones tallied a career-high 90 tackles during the 1997 national championship season, playing the entire year at inside linebacker. He enters the 1999 season needing nine tackles to reach 175 in his career.
Jones' inside linebacker partner, senior Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS), also looks to reach some career milestones in the season opener with Notre Dame. Gold is in search of his 10th career start and will play in his 30th career contest (lists 10th in terms of games played by returning players). He enters the Notre Dame game needing two tackles for 110 career stops. Gold finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles a year ago, despite missing four games due to injury. He posted one of the best games of his career in last year's Citrus Bowl, making eight tackles and returning his first career interception 46 yards for a TD vs. Arkansas.
Williams Among Defensive Leaders
Fifth-year senior Josh Williams (Houston, Texas/Cypress Creek HS), an All-Big Ten Second Team honoree in 1997, is an integral piece to Michigan's defensive line. Williams, a starter the past two season, has started 22 games in his Michigan career and has seen action in 36 of 37 games the last three seasons. He enters the 1999 season fourth in active career tackles (107 tackles), fourth in active career tackles for loss (16 TFLs) and second in active career sacks (8 sacks).
Thomas Threatens Rushing Charts
Junior tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) begins his third year with a string of two straight 100-yard rushing performances dating back to last year. Thomas has six career 100-yard rushing games in 24 career games played. He could make his fifth career start and play in his 25th game as a Wolverine in the season opener against Notre Dame. A triple threat for the Wolverines, Thomas is a productive rusher and pass catcher out of the backfield and has been a kickoff returner.
He enters the 1999 campaign with 1,442 career rushing yards on 304 carries (4.7 avg.), and has scored 20 career rushing TDs. Thomas needs 58 yards in the Notre Dame game to reach 1,500 for his career and 558 to become the 18th Wolverine running back to reach 2,000 rushing yards. He needs 1,112 rushing yards to reach the top 10 all-time at Michigan in career rushing yardage and six rushing TDs to tie for eighth in career rushing touchdowns (26, with Ron Johnson, Ed Shuttleworth and Rob Lytle). Thomas led the team with 893 rushing yards on 167 attempts and scored 15 TDs a year ago. As a pass receiver, Thomas needs 12 catches for 50 in his career and 129 receiving yards for 500 in his career (only eight running backs have ever recorded 50 career receptions). He has 38 receptions for 371 yards (9.8 avg.). Thomas has also contributed on kickoff returns, returning 20 kicks for 504 yards (25.2 avg.).
Hutchinson Named Outland and Lombardi Candidate
Senior/junior left guard Steve Hutchinson has been named a candidate for both the Outland and Lombardi awards for the 1999 season. Hutchinson, a two-year starter for the Wolverines, lists fifth on the team among returning players with 23 career starts. He is a two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection who has played in 24 of 25 possible career games. A preseason All-America selection, Hutchinson is listed as the nation's top offensive lineman by College Football News and as the nation's top offensive guard by Lindy's Magazine.
Captain Brady Seeks 'Lucky 13th'
Senior tri-captain Tom Brady enters the 1999 season having thrown at least one touchdown pass in 12 straight games. He trails the school record of 13 consecutive games with at least one TD pass set by Elvis Grbac (1989-92). Grbac's streak began against Minnesota in 1990 and extended to the Illinois contest in 1991. Brady's current streak began against Syracuse (Sept. 12, 1998). Brady, who led the Wolverines to 10 wins and a share of the Big Ten title in his first year as a starter, set single-game records for passing attempts (56), completions (31) and yardage (375), as well as season passing records for attempts (350) and completions (214).
Consecutive Games with a TD Pass by an Individual
|13||Elvis Grbac (Minnesota 1990 - Illinois 1991)|
|12||Tom Brady (Syracuse 1998 - current)|
|11||Dennis Brown (Illinois 1967 - Illinois 1968)|
|8||Brian Griese (Ohio State 1996 - Iowa 1997)|
|8||John Wangler (Michigan State 1980 - Washington 1980)|
Shea Provides Balance
Senior fullback Aaron Shea (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa HS), noted for his blocking ability, opens the 1999 season as Michigan's starting fullback. The versatile Shea has played in 35 of the 37 games in his career with starts at tight end and fullback. Shea provided a balance to the offense with 16 carries and 16 receptions a year ago. He has made three of his 30 career receptions vs. Notre Dame. Shea enters the 1999 season needing 42 yards for a combined rushing and receiving total of 500 yards (27 rushing yards to reach 100 and 15 receiving yards to reach 400).
Backus Tops Returning Starters List
Senior/junior left tackle Jeff Backus is tied for tops on the team with 25 consecutive starts heading into the season-opener against Notre Dame. A two-time All-Big Ten Second-Team selection, Backus and Hutchinson have formed a solid tandem on the left side of the offensive line. He is listed as the nation's fourth-best offensive tackle by Lindy's Magazine and The Sporting News.
Veteran Offensive Line
In addition to veterans Steve Hutchinson and Jeff Backus, the Wolverines have a wealth of starting experience along the offensive line with five players listed among the top 10 in starts by returning players. Senior/junior David Brandt (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) joins the pair as the only returning 13-game starter from last year. Brandt is eighth on the list with 15 career starts, having made starts at center, guard and tackle during his career. Seniors Steve Frazier (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood HS) and Chris Ziemann (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley HS) are tied for 10th with 12 career starting assignments along the offensive line.
Knight Looks to Climb Receiving Charts
Senior wide receiver Marcus Knight (Sylacauga, Ala./Comer HS) enters the Notre Dame game with his eye on climbing Michigan's all-time career receiving charts. Knight hauled in a career-best 126 receiving yards on five receptions in last year's opener against the Irish. He is one catch away from 50 in his career and needs 286 yards to become the 18th receiver in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. Knight has 49 career receptions for 714 yards and two touchdowns scored. He is the team's top returning receiver from 1998, hauling in a career-high 42 receptions for 603 yards and one TD. Knight has 11 career starts and has played in 35 career games.
Henson Eyes Second Notre Dame Game Appearance
Sophomore Drew Henson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) enters the 1999 season having played in eight career games. He made his career debut in last season's Notre Dame game, and guided the Wolverines to a touchdown in his first series at quarterback (completed an eight-yard TD pass to Jerame Tuman on the 10 play, 80-yard scoring drive). Henson completed five-of-eight passes for 55 yards and threw one TD against the Irish. He needs three attempts for 50 in his career and four completions to reach 25 in his career (21-of-47 passing for 254 yards and three TDs).
Bryant Perfect at 37 Games Played
Senior wide receiver Kevin Bryant (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison HS) enters the 1999 season as the only Wolverine to have seen action in all 37 games in the past three seasons. An excellent special teams performer, Bryant had a pair of receptions at Notre Dame in the 1998 opener. He has eight career receptions for 102 yards.
Career Games Played List
Brackins Brothers Lead Michigan's 'B' Squad
Junior/sophomore linebacker Eric Brackins and freshman defensive back Phillip Brackins, both from Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Gatlinburg-Pittman HS) help represent Michigan's list of 16 players with last names beginning with the letter 'B.' Newcomers play a major role as half the freshmen account for more than half of the 'B's. Check the roster for complete info, but the 'B-list' includes: Backus, Baker, Beard, Bellamy, Bergin, Bobert, Bowman, Brabbs, Brackins, E. and P., Brady, Brandt, Brooks, Brown, Bryant and Butler. Michigan's other double-digit letters for 1999 are 'S' (12) and 'W' (10). There are no players with last names starting with: I, Q, U or X.
Wolverines From the Hoosier State
Three members of the Michigan football program are from the state of Indiana: Linebacker Dwight Mosley (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider HS), tight end Bill Seymour (Granger, Ind./Penn HS) and true freshman wide receiver Tyrece Butler (Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central HS).
-- The Wolverines face five schools listed in both preseason top 25 polls. Michigan will play No. 3/4* Penn State, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 23 Purdue (* Associated Press then USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll ranking).
-- Michigan faces six bowl teams from a year ago: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State and Ohio State.
-- The schedule includes the return of Big Ten foes Purdue and Illinois, teams the Wolverines have not played since 1996.
-- This will be the first time since 1929 that Michigan and Minnesota will not meet on the gridiron for the "Battle of the Little Brown Jug." The streak ends at 70 consecutive games played between the two schools. Michigan will also not face Iowa this season.
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