|1961 Michigan Wolverines football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1961 record||6–3 (3–3 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium|
|1961 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State $||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|No. 6 Minnesota||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 8 Michigan State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Purdue||4||–||2||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1961 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In its third year under head coach Bump Elliott, Michigan compiled a 6–3 record (3–3 against conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 212 to 163.
After opening the season with convincing wins over No. 9 UCLA (29–6) and Army (38–8), Michigan was ranked No. 2 in the Coaches Poll. The team fell from the rankings after being shut out by Michigan State (0–28) the following week.
Right end George Mans was the team captain, and center/guard John Walker received the team's most valuable player award. Left halfback Bennie McRae was selected by both the Associated Press and United Press International (UPI) as a first-team player on the 1961 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Fullback Bill Tunicliff also received second-team honors from the UPI.
|September 30||No. 9 UCLA*||W 29–6||73,019|
|October 7||Army*||No. 9||W 38–8||65,012|
|October 14||No. 5 Michigan State||No. 6||L 0–28||103,198|
|October 21||Purdue||W 16–14||66,805|
|October 28||at Minnesota||L 20–23||63,898|
|November 4||Duke*||W 28–14||56,488|
|November 11||at Illinois||W 38–6||40,179|
|November 18||Iowa||W 23–14||61,925|
|November 25||No. 2 Ohio State||L 20–50||80,444|
The 1960 Michigan Wolverines football team compiled a 5–4 record and tied for fifth place in the Big Ten. At the end of the 1960 season, end George Mans was selected by his teammates to be the captain of the 1961 team.
In June 1961, halfback Harvey E. Chapman received the John F. Maulbetsch Scholarship, presented each year to a freshman player "on the basis of scholarship, need, and promise and desire for leadership."
Week 1: UCLA
On September 30, 1961, Michigan opened its season with a 29-6 victory over 1961 AAWU champion UCLA (ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll) before a crowd of 73,019 (including 13,000 high school band members) at Michigan Stadium. Michigan gained 253 yards, including 227 rushing yards, and held UCLA to 172 total yards. The Wolverines took a 16-0 lead at halftime on touchdowns by Bill Tunnicliff (one-yard run) and Dave Raimey (20-yard run) and a 29-yard field goal by Douglas Bickle. Michigan extended its lead to 29 points in the third quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by Bennie McRae and a 92-yard interception return by Ken Tureaud. UCLA scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Dimkich.
Week 2: Army
On October 7, 1961, Michigan defeated Army, 38-8, before a crowd of 65,012 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan's point total was its highest in 39 games, dating back to 1956. Michigan touchdowns were scored by Dave Raimey (13-yard run), Bennie McRae (47-yard run), Bill Tunnicliff (three-yard run), Bruce McLenna (seven-yard run), and Bob Brown (36-yard pass from Bob Chandler). Doug Bickle added a field goal and five extra points.
Week 3: Michigan State
On October 14, 1961, Michigan (ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll) lost to Michigan State (ranked No. 5), 28-0, before a crowd of 103,198 and a national television audience at Michigan Stadium. The Spartans led, 14-0, at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime. Michigan was held to 92 rushing yards and 84 passing yards.
Week 4: Purdue
On October 21, 1961, Michigan defeated Purdue, 16–14, before a crowd of 66,805 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan opened the scoring with a safety in the first quarter, when Purdue fumbled a pitchout in the end zone. Dave Raimey also scored in the opening quarter on a one-yard run. Bennie McRae caught six passes for 144 yards, including a touchdown reception that covered 72 yards in the third quarter.
Week 5: at Minnesota
On October 28, 1961, Michigan lost to Minnesota, 23–20, at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis. Michigan led, 20-8, through the first three quarters as Tunnicliff ran eight yards for a touchdown and Dave Raimey scored twice on runs of 27 and four yards. Late in the fourth quarter, Michigan stopped a Minnesota drive at the nine-yard line, but Bennie McRae fumbled on the first play after Michigan took over, and Minnesota scored the winning touchdown with one minute and 24 seconds remaining.
Week 6: Duke
On November 4, 1961, Michigan defeated 1961 ACC champion Duke, 28–14, before a crowd of 56,488 at Michigan Stadium. Bennie McRae scored three touchdowns on a five-yard run in the first quarter, a 15-yard pass from Dave Glinka in the second quarter, and a 34-yard interception return in the second quarter. Dave Raimey also rushed for 116 yards on 15 carries.
Week 7: at Illinois
On November 11, 1961, Michigan defeated Illinois, 38–6, before a crowd of 40,179 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. The outcome was the second consecutive Michigan victory in the seven-year rivalry between head coaching brothers Bump Elliott and Pete Elliott. Michigan played all 38 players who traveled to Champaign in an effort to keep the score down. Michigan gained 309 rushing yards and held Illinois to 55 rushing yards. Dave Raimey began the scoring on a 54-yard punt return. J. Paul Raeder scored two touchdowns, and George Mans caught a touchdown pass from Dave Glinka.
Week 8: Iowa
On November 18, 1961, Michigan defeated Iowa, 23–14, before a crowd of 61,925 at Michigan Stadium. Iowa was led by first-year head coach Jerry Burns who had played quarterback for Michigan. Michigan lost Bennie McRae with a shoulder separation in the first quarter, and Iowa took a 14-3 lead at halftime. Michigan rallied with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half. Dave Glinka ran 44 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. Dave Raimey totaled 102 rushing yards and scored on a one-yard run (set up by a 54-yard run by Harvey Chapman). Glinka threw a touchdown pass to Bob Brown that covered 20 yards. Iowa was held to two first downs and negative 16 rushing yards in the second half. Michigan outgained Iowa by 266 rushing yards to 97. In the Detroit Free Press, Joe Falls praised the courage of Bump Elliott's team and called the game "Elliott's finest victory of the season."
Week 9: Ohio State
On November 25, 1961, Michigan lost to Ohio State, 50-20, before a crowd of 80,444 at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State fullback Bob Ferguson scored four touchdowns in the game. The Buckeyes' 50 points was the fourth highest point total allowed by a Michigan team up to that time, with two of the prior occasions occurring in the 1890s. Michigan's three touchdowns were scored on a 90-yard kickoff return by Dave Raimey and one-yard runs by Bruce McLenna and James Ward.
At the end of the 1961 season, center and linebacker John Walker received the team's most valuable player award.
Halfback Bennie McRae received first-team honors from both the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) on the 1961 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Halfback Dave Raimey received second-team honors from the AP and UPI, and fullback Bill Tunicliff received second team honors from the UPI.
|Player||Attempts||Net yards||Yards per attempt||Touchdowns|
|Player||Touchdowns||Extra points||Field goals||Points|
- Doug Bickle, 6'3", 210 pounds, sophomore, Traverse City, MI - started 4 games at right tackle, 3 games at left tackle
- Robert M. Brown, 6'4", 225 pounds, senior, Kalamazoo, MI - end
- Bob Chandler, 6'3", 210 pounds, junior, LaGrange Park, IL - quarterback
- Harvey Chapman, 5'11", 175 pounds, sophomore, Farmington Hills, MI - started 1 game at left halfback
- Guy Curtis, 6'0", 215 pounds, senior, South Bend, IN - tackle
- William Dougall Jr., 6'2", 190 pounds, senior, Detroit - quarterback
- Dave Glinka, 5'11", 195 pounds, junior, Toledo, OH - started 2 games at quarterback
- Todd Grant, 6'4", 230 pounds, senior, Lathrup Village, MI - started 6 games at center
- Lee Hall, 6'0", 210 pounds, senior, Charlotte, MI - started 5 games at right guard, 3 games at left guard
- Edward Hood, 5'9", 175 pounds, junior, Detroit - halfback
- William Hornbeck, 6'1", 185 pounds, senior, Los Angeles - halfback
- John Houtman, 6'4", 235 pounds, junior, Adrian, MI - started 6 games at left tackle
- Tom Keating, 6'3", 220 pounds, sophomore, Chicago - tackle
- James Korowin, 6'2", 195 pounds, senior, Wyandotte, MI - end
- Dave Kurtz, 6'0", 201 pounds, sophomore, Toledo, OH - started 1 game at right guard
- John J. Lehr, 6'0", 225 pounds, junior, Cincinnati - tackle
- Scott Maentz, 6'3", 230 pounds, senior, East Grand Rapids, MI - started 9 games at left end
- Frank Maloney, 5'11", 195 pounds, senior, Chicago - started 1 game at right guard
- George Mans, 6'4", 212 pounds, senior, Trenton, MI - started 9 games at right end
- Bruce McLenna, 6'3", 218 pounds, sophomore, Fenton, MI - halfback
- Bennie McRae, 6'0", 172 pounds, senior, Newport News, VA - started 8 games at left halfback
- John Minko, 6'1", 222 pounds, junior, Connellsville, PA - started 6 games at left guard
- Delbert Nolan, 5'11", 205 pounds, sophomore, Clare, MI - guard
- Joe O'Donnell - started 1 game at right guard
- Thomas Prichard, 5'10", 198 pounds, sophomore, Marion, OH - quarterback
- Jim Raeder, 5'11", 190 pounds, senior, Lorain, OH - started 4 games at fullback
- Dave Raimey, 5'10", 195 pounds, junior, Dayton, OH - started 9 games at right halfback
- Paul Schmidt, 6'4", 245 pounds, senior, Skokie, IL - tackle
- Jon Schopf, 6'2", 230 pounds, senior, Grand Rapids, MI - started 5 games at right tackle
- David Slezak, 5'11", 185 pounds, junior, Ann Arbor, MI - center
- Jeffrey A. Smith, 6'3", 200 pounds, senior, Kohler, WI - end
- Ron Spacht, 5'10", 180 pounds, senior, Kent, OH - halfback
- John Stamos, 6'1", 208 pounds, senior, Chicago - started 7 games at quarterback
- Willard Stawski, 6'3", 215 pounds, junior, Caledonia, MI - tackle
- Jack Strobel, 5'10", 175 pounds, junior, Maywood, IL - halfback
- Richard Szymanski, 5'10", 185 pounds, junior, Toledo, OH - guard
- Bill Tunnicliff, 6'0", 230 pounds, senior, Ferndale, MI - started 1 game at fullback
- Ken Tureaud, 6'0", 194 pounds, senior, Detroit - started 3 games at fullback
- John Walker, 6'0", 205 pounds, senior, Walled Lake, MI - started 3 games at center, 1 game at right guard
- James A. Ward, 6'1", 195 pounds, Tr., Imlay City, MI - halfback
- E. James Zubkus, 6'1", 205 pounds, senior, Munhall, PA - end
- Mel Anthony, 5'11", 190 pounds, Cincinnati - fullback
- Rick Bay, 5'9", 165 pounds, Waukegan, IL - halfback
- Jim Conley, 6'0", 190 pounds, Springdale, PA - end
- John Henderson, 6'3", 195 pounds, Dayton, OH - end
- Richard Rindfuss, 5'10", 176 pounds, Niles, MI - halfback
- Arnie Simkus, 6'3", 230 pounds, Detroit - tackle
- Bob Timberlake, 6'3", 210 pounds, Franklin, OH - quarterback
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- "Morton Trophy To Raimey For Most Improvement". The Michigan Daily. May 7, 1961. p. 9 – via Bentley Historical Library.
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- Lyall Smith (October 1, 1961). "U-M, MSU Open with Bang: UCLA Ripped, 29 to 6". Detroit Free Press. pp. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bob Pille (October 8, 1961). "U-M (38-8) and MSU (31-3) Roll On: Fumbles Kill The Army". Detroit Free Press. pp. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- Lyall Smith (October 15, 1961). "It's Michigan State: C-R-U-N-C-H, 28-0: Spartan Defense Ruins U-M". Detroit Free Press. pp. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- Joe Falls (October 22, 1961). "Safety First Pays Off for U-M: Purdue Beaten by 2-Pointer". Detroit Free Press. p. D1, D4 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Fumble Wrecks U-M, 23-20". Detroit Free Press. October 29, 1961. p. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "McRae Redeemed: M Wins, 28-14". Detroit Free Press. November 6, 1961. p. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- Lyall Smith (November 12, 1961). "Oh Brother! -- M Clobbers Illini, 38-6". Detroit Free Press. pp. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- Joe Falls (November 19, 1961). "Big Finishes Win for M, MSU: Wolverines Overhaul Iowa, 23-14". Detroit Free Press. pp. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Bucks Pour It On M, 50-20". Detroit Free Press. November 26, 1961. p. D1, D3 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Walker Most Valuable: Brown Elected Captain by Teammates". The Michigan Daily. November 28, 1961. p. 6 – via Bentley Historical Library.
- "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2017.(statistics retrieved by entering "1961" in the box for "Games & Totals by Season" and then, at the next screen, choosing "Display Season Totals")
- "Season's Story in Statistics". The Michigan Daily. December 7, 1961. p. 14 – via Bentley Historical Library.
- "Footballers Receive 72 'M' Awards: Elliott Gives Monographs For Season". The Michigan Daily. December 7, 1961. p. 14 – via Bentley Historical Library.