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The Greatest Moments in Michigan History

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5. Last-second Victory (1979)

Michigan is tied with huge underdog Indiana, 21-21, with 0:06 remaining, when QB John Wangler connects with freshman wideout Anthony Carter on a crossing pattern at the Hoosier 20. Carter avoids two defenders immediately after the catch, eludes another at the five-yard line and scores to give Michigan a 27-21 victory.

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4. Desmond's 93-Yard Punt Return (1991)

Desmond Howard returns a punt 93 yards for a touchdown in Michigan’s 31-3 rout of visiting Ohio State and strikes the Heisman pose in the end zone. The victory gives U-M the Big Ten title and puts an exclamation point on Howard’s Heisman Trophy-winning season.

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3. Rose Bowl Victory (1981)

Game MVP Butch Woolfolk rushes for 182 yards and scores a TD to lead Michigan to a 23-6 win over Washington, giving Bo Schembechler his first Rose Bowl victory after five unsuccessful tries. The Wolverines do not allow a touchdown for the fifth straight game.

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2. Winning a National Title (1998)

Brian Griese throws three TD passes, and Michigan’s defense holds Washington State’s high-powered offense to its lowest point total of the season in a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory that gives the Wolverines its 11th national title and first since 1948.

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1. Beating the Buckeyes (1969)

Thanks to a pair of Garvie Craw touchdowns and a defense that intercepts six Ohio State passes, Michigan rolls to a 24-12 victory over the top-ranked and heavily favored Buckeyes, winning the Big Ten title and snapping visiting OSU’s 22-game winning streak before the largest crowd ever to see a college football game.

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