The Wolverine

February 2024

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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NUMBERS AND QUOTES 22 THE WOLVERINE ❱ FEBRUARY 2024 4 Teams in the history of college foot- ball have finished 15-0 with a national championship, with the 2023 Wolver- ines joining 2022 Georgia, 2019 LSU and 2018 Clemson. 10.5 Percent of senior running back Blake Corum's rushing attempts went for touchdowns this season (27 scores on 258 carries). Corum's 27 rushing TDs are the most by a Power Five player in a single season since Alabama's Derrick Henry put up 28 on 395 attempts in 2015. 12 National championships in Michigan football history, with the Wolverines winning their first since 1997, and first outright since 1948. The Maize and Blue's 12 titles rank second in the FBS, behind only Alabama (18). Notre Dame and USC, both with 11, are the only other programs with double-digit titles. MICHIGAN FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Year Record Head Coach 1901 11-0 Fielding Yost 1902 11-0 Fielding Yost 1903 11-0-1 Fielding Yost 1904 10-0 Fielding Yost 1918 5-0 Fielding Yost 1923 8-0 Fielding Yost 1932 8-0 Harry Kipke 1933 7-0-1 Harry Kipke 1947 10-0 Fritz Crisler 1948 9-0 Bennie Oosterbaan 1997 12-0 Lloyd Carr 2023 15-0 Jim Harbaugh 18 Undefeated seasons in Michigan his- tory: 1898 (10-0), 1901 (11-0), 1902 (11-0), 1903 (11-0-1), 1904 (10-0), 1910 (3-0- 3), 1918 (5-0), 1922 (6-0-1), 1923 (8-0), 1930 (8-0-1), 1932 (8-0), 1933 (7-0-1), 1947 (10-0), 1948 (9-0), 1973 (10-0-1), 1992 (9-0-3), 1997 (12-0) and 2023 (15-0). 1 , 004 All-time wins for Michigan, the program with the most wins in college football history. Win No. 1,000 came at Maryland on Nov. 18 and No. 1,004 was the College Football Playoff National Champion- ship game. 1,136 Days in between Michigan's loss to Penn State Nov. 28, 2020, and the Jan. 8, 2024, national cham- pionship game win over Washington. The Wolver- ines lost four games in a 28-day span in 2020 but dropped just three in the 1,136 days between then and the euphoria of winning the title. As far as this season goes, when they doubted, when they disrespected, when they called us names and said we're cheaters and said we didn't deserve what we have, none of that mattered to us. We stayed focused and kept our heads on straight, and week to week we gave spankings out!" — Graduate defensive back MIKE SAINRISTIL The 2023 Michigan Wolverines, your love for the game is genuine. The proof is in the pudding. You defied gravity. You loved to work. You had to be pulled back rather than talked into, and you had fun doing it. "You paid the price with perseverance, account - ability, integrity, discipline. Refused to be divided, rather chose to be galvanized. Mighty men who chose to be unselfish and played together as a team. "You attacked each day with an enthusiasm un - known to mankind! You bowed to no man. You bowed to no program. You had focus — that's finding our calling and using scripture. Well done, good and faithful stalwarts. Bo Schembechler said, 'The team, the team, the team.' Team 144, you are the team." — Head coach JIM HARBAUGH in his speech to the Wolverines during U-M's Jan. 13 championship celebration 235 Interception return yards for graduate defen- sive back MIKE SAINRISTIL on a team-best 6 picks in 2023. That set the single-season program record and is much more than his 187 career yards after the catch on 36 receptions during his three-year stint as a wide receiver from 2019-21. Sainristil's 6 picks are tied for the seventh-most in a single campaign in U-M history and the most by a Wolverine since Blake Countess posted an identical number in 2013. PHOTO BY DOMINICK SOKOTOFF PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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