It’s summer, the time when bloggers rack their brains for something — anything — to write about and college football fans count down the seconds until foot meets pigskin. So, welcome to my latest gimmick: The Michigan Football YouTube Bracket. I’m looking high and low for the best Michigan football moments ever captured on YouTube — divided into two categories: Game Performances/Game Winners and Spectacular Plays — and for you, the readers, to vote on the moment that stands out above the rest.
Today, we kick off the Michigan Football YouTube Bracket by looking at the 1-seed vs. 8-seed matchup in the Game Performances/Game Winners category, featuring two of the Wolverines’ greatest big-play wideouts:
(1) Anthony Carter’s catch vs. Indiana, 1979
Regardless of age, and despite this play happening in the middle of an otherwise-unspectacular 8-4 1979 campaign, every Michigan fan knows this play — and Bob Ufer’s immortal call — like the back of their hand. We all know the play, so I’ll skip getting bogged down in details (the video speaks for itself), but I would like to emphasize one thing: Anthony Carter was such a spectacular, game-breaking receiver that — with just six seconds remaining on the clock and simply needing 20 yards to get into reasonable field goal range — Michigan threw a post route in front of three Indiana defenders, knowing Carter could easily split them en route to the end zone. Any coach calling that play today would have their head served on a platter — instead, Wangler-to-Carter went down in history as one of the greatest moments in Michigan history.
(8) Mario Manningham beats Michigan State, 2007
Mario Manningham has had his fair share of dramatic moments, but this catch to complete Michigan’s comeback in the “Little Brother” game holds a special place in my heart — I was standing square in the middle of the MSU student section for this game, and between the constant heckling about Appalachian State and MSU’s early lead, well, hearing the silence of Spartan Stadium after this catch was beyond golden. Had this play occurred closer to the end of the game — instead of Michigan being forced to come up with one last stop on defense to seal it — I’d bet it would’ve ended up higher on this list. As it stands, it still is one of my favorite Michigan moments I’ve had the privilege of witnessing in person.
Make sure to check back on Monday, as I will continue with the 4 vs. 5 matchup in the Game Performances/Winners category. Have a good weekend, everyone.