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Top Moments in Michigan Stadium History

Top 10 Moments in Michigan Stadium History

Sept. 3, 2010

In honor of the rededication of Michigan Stadium and as a celebration of old and new, we at MGoBlue.com decided to compile a list of the top 20 moments in Big House history and let our fans vote for the 10 best.

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Some nominees were no-brainers, like Michigan's win over Ohio State in 1969 and, more recently, Michigan's triple-overtime victory over Michigan State in 2004. Others, like Michigan's 14-6 defeat of OSU in 1977 that sent the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl and Tom Harmon's four-touchdown game vs. Iowa in 1939, were a little more obscure but no less worthy of recognition.

We weren't surprised to see Charles Woodson's punt return against Ohio State in 1997 among the top moments, nor that the 1969 win over Ohio State was included on most ballots, but some interesting details emerged from your voting.

  • The polls stayed open for seven days during which 6,736 fans cast their votes for the top plays. Woodson's punt return appeared on the most ballots (6,179 or 91 percent).

  • Though Woodson's punt return was the overall winner with 6,179 votes totaling 45,744 points (first-place votes worth 10 points and a 10th-place vote worth one point), the 1969 win over Ohio State garnered the most votes for the No. 1 play. Bo and the boys' win over the Buckeyes earned 2,392 first-place votes, while Woodson's return got 1,044 first-place votes. Woodson's play made up the most ground by dominating ballots on second- and third-place votes from fans.

  • Michigan's triple-overtime win over Michigan State in 2004 gained the most second-most votes overall, appearing on 5,956 ballots, while Desmond Howard's "Goodbye Howard, Hello Heisman" punt return against Ohio State in 1991 appeared on the third-most responses (5,760).

  • The real battle occurred at the bottom of the list with Jim Harbaugh's touchdown pass to John Kolesar in 1985 edging two other top-moment nominees by fewer than 1,000 points. Harbaugh's heroics beat out Tate Forcier's TD pass to Greg Mathews in last season's thriller by just 650 points, and the No. 12 play -- Mercury Hayes' game-winning grab against Virginia in 1985 -- trailed the No. 11 moment by only 128 points.

  • Each of the 20 nominees received at least five first-place votes.

Thank you for participating in this interactive feature and Go Blue!

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FINAL RESULTS
(Points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring)

Rank, Moment (Year) 1st Place Total Votes Total Points
  1. Woodson's Punt Return Seals the Heisman Trophy vs. Ohio State (1997) 1,044 6,179 45,774
  2. Bo vs. Woody Part I (1969) 2,392 5,543 41,204
  3. Triple Overtime Win Over Michigan State (2004) 795 5,956 40,623
  4. Goodbye Howard, Hello Heisman (1991) 791 5,760 39,655
  5. Henne to Manningham as Time Expires Stuns Penn State (2005) 344 5,397 31,316
  6. Howard's Diving Catch vs. Notre Dame (1991) 234 5,259 29,095
  7. Wangler to Carter vs. Indiana (1979) 645 4,347 27,109
  8. Biakabutuka Runs Through the Buckeyes (1995) 80 4,765 23,802
  9. Greatest Comeback in Michigan Stadium History (2008) 117 3,021 14,351
10. Harbaugh's Bomb Rocks Ohio State (1985) 24 3,090 11,991
11. Forcier to Mathews Beats Notre Dame (2009) 60 2,791 11,341
12. Hayes Catches Glory vs. Virginia (1995) 47 2,649 11,213
13. Harmon's Four-Touchdown Day against Iowa (1939) 33 2,306 7,982
14. Touchdown Billy Taylor! (1971) 18 2,060 7,433
15. Michigan Smells Roses vs. Ohio State (1977) 12 2,029 7,207
16. Perry Rumbles into the End Zone in Overtime to Beat Penn State (2002) 5 1,582 5,828
17. Walk-on Brabbs' Last-Second Field Goal Downs Washington (2002) 38 1,221 4,692
18. The First TD in Big House History (1927) 45 1,550 3,707
19. Johnson's School Rushing Record vs. Wisconsin (1968) 7 1,056 3,354
20. Gillette Boots Iowa as Time Expires (1986) 5 799 2,803
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