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1978 ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN PLAY-BY-PLAY LOG

SITE: Michigan Stadium
DATE: September 16th, 1978
ATTENDANCE: 104,102
TEMP: 70's
WIND: WSW 15mph
SKIES: Clear & Sunny

FIRST QUARTER

Illinois won the toss and elected to receive
Michigan elected to defend the North Goal

Bryan Virgil kicked off out of the Illinois endzone

ILLINOIS (15:00)
1st &10 on I20 - Strader at RG for 3 (tackle made by Curtis Greer)
2nd & 7 on I23 - Carter at center for 5 (Ron Simpkins)
3rd & 2 on I28 - Weiss kept at LE for 5 (Jerry Meter)
1st & 10 on I33 - Carter at RT for 1 (Greer)
2nd & 9 on I34 - Weiss elected to run for 8 (Mel Owens)
3rd & 1 on I42 - Weiss kept at RE for 8 (Meter)
1st & 10 on I50 - Carter at RT for 4 (Simpkins)
2nd & 6 on M46 - Weiss passed low for Carter, incomplete
3rd & 6 on M46 - Weiss tried RG for no gain (Greer)
4th & 6 on M46 - Finzer punted to the M 22, downed (24 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (10:01)
1st & 10 on M22 - Harlan Huckleby at LT for 2 (Flynn)
2nd & 8 on M24 - Huckleby at RG for 4 (Flynn)
3rd & 4 on M28 - Russell Davis at RT for 2 (Gillen)
4th & 2 on M30 - Gregg Willner punted to Hardy on the I29, returned 4 yards (41 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (8:08)
1st & 10 on I33 - Carter took pitchback at LE for -2 (Tom Seabron)
2nd & 12 on I31 - Weiss passed to Strader for 9 (Simpkins)
3rd & 3 on I40 - Weiss passed to Strader for 10 (Simpkins)
1st & 10 on I50 - Weber at RG for 2 (Greer)
2nd & 8 on M48 - Weiss spun off LT for 9 (Michael Harden)
1st & 10 on M39 - Weiss caught by Mike Trgovac for -8
2nd & 18 on M47 - Weiss passed for Sherrod, incomplete
3rd & 18 on M47 - Weiss was forced to run and lost 3 (Chris Godfrey)
4th & 21 on M50 - Finzer punted to Mike Jolly on the M6, returned 6 yards (44 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (3:44)
1st & 10 on M12 - Huckleby at LT for 3 (Flynn)
2nd & 7 on M15 - Rick Leach passed for Rodney Feaster, incomplete
3rd & 7 on M15 - Leach passed for Gene Johnson, incomplete
4th & 7 on M15 - Willner punted to Hardy on the I42, returned 6 yards (43 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (2:50)
1st & 10 on I48 - Strader at LG for 1 (Greer)
2nd & 9 on I49 - Weiss passed for Schooley, incomplete
3rd & 9 on I49 - Weiss passed to Sherrod for 11
1st & 10 on M40 - Weiss passed to Sherrod and was intercepted by Mel Owens at the M41, returned 2 yards

MICHIGAN (1:30)
1st & 10 on M43 - Davis at RT for 2
2nd & 8 on M45 - Leach elected to run at RE for 15 (Flynn)
1st & 10 on I40 - Huckleby at LE for no gain (Adams)

END OF FIRST QUARTER

SCORE: MICHIGAN 0 - ILLINOIS 0

SECOND QUARTER

MICHIGAN (15:00)
2nd & 10 on I40 - Leach passed to Johnson for 15
1st & 10 on I25 - Huckleby at LE for 5 (Scott)
2nd & 5 on I20 - Davis at RG for 2 (Sullivan)
3rd & 3 on I18 - Leach kept at RE for 5 (Adams)
1st & 10 on I13 - Huckleby took pitchback and cut inside LE for 3 (Sullivan)
2nd & 7 on I10 - Leach passed over Ralph Clayton, incomplete
3rd & 7 on I10 - Leach, dropped back to pass, was chased by 4 Illini defenders and slipped down for a loss of 19 (Gillen & other Illini pursuers)
4th & 26 on I29 - B.J. Dickey held while Willner kicked a 46-yard FIELD GOAL from the I36

SCORE: MICHIGAN 3 - ILLINOIS 0

Virgil kicked off to Carter on the I13 and he returned it to the I18 where he fumbled. Boeke recovered for the Illini and advanced it to the I25

ILLINOIS (11:18)
1st & 10 on I25 - Carter at LT for 3
2nd & 7 on I28 - Carter at RG for 2
3rd & 5 on I30 - Carter at LE for 4
4th & 1 on I34 - Finzer punted to Jolly on the M26, returned 5 yards (40 yard punt)

MICHIGAN
1st & 10 on M31 - Huckleby at LE for 7
2nd & 3 on M38 - Huckleby at LE for 11
1st & 10 on M49 - Huckleby at LT for 5
2nd & 5 on I46 - Leach fumbled and Flynn recovered for the Illini at the I49 (-3 on the play)

ILLINOIS (7:25)
1st & 10 on I49 - Weiss at LE for 2 (Seabron)
2nd & 8 on M49 - Weiss passed for Strader and was broken up by Mark Braman
3rd & 8 on M49 - Weiss passed for Strader, incomplete
4th & 8 on M49 - Finzer punted to Harden at M15, fair catch (34 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (6:34)
1st & 10 on M15 - Davis at RG for 4
2nd & 6 on M19 - Leach passed to Clayton for 13 (Kelly)
1st & 10 on M32 - Huckleby at RT for 6
PENALTY: ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTION - MICHIGAN - 5 YARDS
1st & 15 on M27 - Leach was forced to run and went out of bounds for -3
2nd & 18 on M24 - Leach passed to Huckleby for 2
3rd & 16 on M26 - Leach threw a screen pass to Davis for 14 (Scott)
4th & 2 on M40 - Willner punted to Hardy on the I26, returned 2 yards (Ben Needham) (34 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (4:26)
1st & 10 on I28 - Powell at RE lost 1 (Meter)
2nd & 11 on I27 - Strader at center for 1 (Dale Keitz)
3rd & 10 on I28 - Weiss passed for Sherrod, incomplete
4th & 10 on I28 - Finzer punted to Harden on the M28, returned 21 yards (Rouse) (44 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (2:51)
1st & 10 on M49 - Huckleby at RE for 8 (Sullivan)
2nd & 2 on I43 - Leach passed to Alan Mitchell for 13
1st & 10 on I30 - Huckleby at LE for 4 (Ralph)
2nd & 6 on I26 - Leach passed to Huckleby for 18 (Adams)
1st & Goal on I8 - Leach passed to Johnson, incomplete, out of endzone
2nd & Goal on I8 - Leach went back to pass then rolled around LE for 8 and the TOUCHDOWN
Dickey held while Willner converted

SCORE: MICHIGAN 10 - ILLINOIS 0

Virgil kicked off to Carter on the I4, returned 17 yards

ILLINOIS (0:27)
1st & 10 on I21 - Weber at RG for 4

END OF FIRST HALF

SCORE: MICHIGAN 10 - ILLINOIS 0

THIRD QUARTER

Michigan elected to receive
Illinois elected to defend the North Goal

Jones kicked off to Huckleby on the Michigan goal line, returned 25 yards

MICHIGAN (14:54)
1st & 10 on M25 - Davis at LG for 3 (Gillen)
2nd & 7 on M28 - Leach rolled inside RE for 9 (Kelly)
1st & 10 on M37 - Leach dropped by Gillen for -3
2nd & 13 on M34 - Leach rolled around RE for 11 (Sullivan)
3rd & 2 on M45 - Roosevelt Smith at RT for 1
4th & 1 on M46 - Willner punted into the Illinois endzone (54 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (11:28)
1st & 10 on I20 - Powell at RG for 3 (Seabron)
2nd & 7 on I23 - Weiss at LT for 3 (Owens)
3rd & 4 on I26 - Weiss passed to Sherod for 6 (Meter)
1st & 10 on I32 - Strader at center for 1 (Simpkins)
2nd & 9 on I33 - Powell caught behind RE by Gene Bell for -4
3rd & 13 on I29 - Weiss passed to Strader for 9 (Meter & Simpkins)
4th & 4 on I38 - Finzer's punt went out of bounds at the M26 (36 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (8:00)
1st & 10 on M26 - Smith at RT for 4 (Durrell)
2nd & 6 on M30 - Davis at LG for 5 (Adams)
3rd & 1 on M35 - Smith took pitchout at RE for 5 (Tucker)
1st & 10 on M40 - Leach at LT for no gain (Durrell)
2nd & 10 on M40 - Smith took pitchout at RE for 4 (Venegoni)
3rd & 6 on M44 - Leach passed for Feaster, incomplete
4th & 6 on M44 - Willner punted to Hardy on the I18, fair catch (38 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (5:04)
1st & 10 on I18 - Weiss rolled at LE for 15
1st & 10 on I33 - Powell at LT for 2
2nd & 8 on I35 - Weiss lost 3 behind LE (Godfrey)
3rd & 11 on I32 - McCullough at LT for no gain (Keitz)
4th & 11 on I32 - Finzer punted out of bounds at the M21 (47 yard punt)

MICHIGAN (2:42)
1st & 10 on M21 - Leach rolled around LE, broke 2 tackles and went 45 yards before he was caught by Levitt
1st & 10 on I34 - Smith at RT for 7
2nd & 3 on I27 - Davis at LG for 5 (Durrell)
1st & 10 on I22 - Smith at LT for no gain (Thiede)
2nd & 10 on I22 - Leach rolled inside LE for 13 (Adams)
1st & Goal on I9 - Leach picked his way inside LE for 6 (Adams)

END OF THIRD QUARTER

SCORE: MICHIGAN 10 - ILLINOIS 0

FOURTH QUARTER

MICHIGAN (15:00)
2nd & Goal on I3 - Davis at center for no gain (Durrell)
3rd & Goal on I3 - Smith took pitchout around RE for 3 and the TOUCHDOWN
Dickey held while Willner converted

SCORE: MICHIGAN 17 - ILLINOIS 0

Virgil kicked off out of the side of the endzone

ILLINOIS (14:11)
1st & 10 on I20 - Powell took pitchout at RE for 5 (Mark DeSantis)
2nd & 5 on I25 - Powell took pitchout at LE for 8 (Simpkins)
1st & 10 on I33 - McCullough kept off RT for 4 (Seabron)
2nd & 6 on I37 - Powell took pitchback at RE for 8 (Meter)
1st & 10 on I45 - Weber at RG for 2 (Keitz)
2nd & 8 on I47 - McCullough passed to Schooley for 16 (Harden)
1st & 10 on M37 - Weber at center for 2 (Keitz)
2nd & 8 on M35 - Weber at LT for 5 (Seabron)
3rd & 3 on M30 - McCullough stopped by Keitz for -1
4th & 4 on M31 - Rouse on an end around reverse was hit by Meter and many others for -4

MICHIGAN (10:12)
1st & 10 on M35 - Smith at LT for 4 (Flynn)
2nd & 6 on M39 - Leach passed for Clayton, incomplete
3rd & 6 on M39 - Leach passed for Mitchell, incomplete
4th & 6 on M39 - PENALTY: DELAY OF GAME - MICHIGAN - 5 YARDS
4th & 11 on M34 - Willner punted to Hardy on the I31, fair catch (35 yard punt)

ILLINOIS (9:23)
1st & 10 on I31 - McCullough pitched out badly and Jim Humphries recovered for Michigan at the Illinois 30

MICHIGAN (9:12)
1st & 10 on I30 - Leach kept at RE for 10 (Gillen)
1st & 10 on I20 - Clayton at LT for 4
2nd & 6 on I16 - Leach pitched out to Smith at RE for 12
1st & Goal on I4 - Smith at RG for 3 (Gillen)
2nd & Goal on I1 - Smith at RT for -1 (Tucker)
3rd & Goal on I2 - Leach rolled around LE for 2 and the TOUCHDOWN
Dickey held while Willner converted

SCORE: MICHIGAN 24 - ILLINOIS 0

Virgil kicked off out of the endzone

ILLINOIS (6:35)
1st & 10 on I20 - Dismuke at RT for 3 (Humphries)
2nd & 7 on I23 - Dismuke took pitchout at RE for 3 (Owens)
3rd & 4 on I26 - Dismuke caught behind LE for -5 (Seabron)
4th & 9 on I21 - Finzer punted to Jolly at M46, fair catch (33 yard punt)

MICHIGAN
1st & 10 on M46 - Lawrence Reid at RG for 3 (Gillen)
2nd & 7 on M49 - Smith at RT for no gain (Gillen)
3rd & 7 on M49 - Dickey rolled inside RE and cut to the sideline for 35 yards (Venegoni)
1st & 10 on I16 - Smith over center for 7 (Durrell)
2nd & 3 on I9 - Dickey at RT for 2
3rd & 1 on I7 - Reid at LG for 2 (Flynn)
1st & Goal on I5 - Dickey off RT for 4
2nd & Goal on I1 - Clayton at LT for no gain
3rd & Goal on I1 - Dickey rolled around LE for 1 and the TOUCHDOWN
Dickey held while Willner converted

SCORE: MICHIGAN 31 - ILLINOIS 0

Virgil kicked off to Powell in the Illinois endzone and he returned it 18 yards (Bell)

ILLINOIS (0:34)
1st & 10 on I18 - Strader at RG for 2
2nd 8 on I20 - McCullough's pass to Schooley was dropped, incomplete

END OF GAME
FINAL SCORE: MICHIGAN 31 - ILLINOIS 0