They found a fertile field ready for shuckin’
Michigan has played a total of seven games against Nebraska, the first of which was in 1905. For history’s sake we’ll just pass by last year’s first meeting in the Big Ten, and so as not to stir up bad blood, I’m also banishing into the corner that 2005 Alamo Bowl. Here’s a look at the game scores of the Wolverines’ other five encounters with the Cornhuskers.
1905- Michigan 31 Nebraska 0
1911- Michigan 6 Nebraska 6
1917- Michigan 20 Nebraska 0
1962- Michigan 13 Nebraska 25
1985- Michigan 27 Nebraska 23 (Fiesta Bowl)
Michigan leads the all-time series 4-2-1.
The 1905 Huskers were undefeated in their first four games prior to heading into Ann Arbor. The Wolverines, however, had a different idea of how the day would end and wished to be rid of the controversy that arose three years earlier when Michigan was crowned Western Champion despite Nebraska posting an unblemished schedule, all of which were shutouts. Not to mention the fact that the point-a-minute head coach for Michigan, Fielding H. Yost, had been calling the plays in Lincoln only a short time before. It was not to be for the away team as the Wolverines scored 31 points in the second half, and a most disappointed Cornhuskers went back to Antelope Field to crush poor Creighton the next week 102-0.
The battle for Bunyan comes from within
If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.
Both Michigan and Michigan State have been playing football since its induction as a rugby-hybrid sport in the late 1800s. Since then the Wolverines and the Spartans have seen their share of tremendous athletes vying for the glory of yards gained, or players tackled. Michigan has produced three Heisman trophy winners in Tom Harmon (1940), Desmond Howard (’91), and Charles Woodson (’97), as well as 78 All-Americans and 11 national titles. And while Michigan State has yet to have a player crowned as the best in all of college football, they have had 28 All-Americans and won six national titles.
Today, I want to talk about the history of these two storied programs but, as with the rivalry, I’m keeping the discussion within the state lines. The following are players mostly born and raised in the great state of Michigan, but all graduating from high schools in our proud state. Here’s to a few of the touted home grown athletes that have meant so much to their respective team throughout the years.
The ghosts of South Bend come out at night
The Notre Dame game is one of Michigan’s most historic rivalries, and while it may not evince the particular fervor that now occurs on the third Saturday in November it is the older of the two rivalries and dates back to a cold day in late November 1887. How appropriate. The Fighting Irish and Wolverines fight not only on the gridiron, but in its tangents, its legacy, appearance, and voice.
Michigan holds the best winning percentage in all of college football, with ND filing in in second place. The Irish play in their famous ‘golden dome’ helmets, and Michigan in their unmistakable and signature ‘winged’ caps. We also have two of college football’s most heralded fight songs in the “Notre Dame Victory March,” and “The Victors.” Both schools even hold the same number of national championships with 11. With such stark similarities it shouldn’t be difficult to see how the spirited rivalry formed between the Blue and Gold and the Maize and Blue.