Griese and Woodson Carry Wolverines to ’97 National Title

The Michigan Wolverines opened the 1997 season with a revenge whipping of #14 Colorado, 27-3, and three weeks later they sounded a cleghorn by marching into Happy Valley and destroying #2 Penn State, 34-8. This team was on their way, and it would be led by their defense, and specifically Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson. The win over the Nittany Lions pushed Michigan to #1, where they would stay until The Game, the annual showdown with arch rivals Ohio State. Woodson would nail down the Heisman with a game for the ages, including a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown, an end zone interception, and a key 37-yard catch into the red zone that set up another TD. Images of Woodson with roses between his teeth would become iconic. Michigan would squeak past Washington State and Ryan Leaf to end the year undefeated. The Detroit Free Press relives a magical season.

Michigan football’s 1997 national championship: An oral history

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