Gutekunst's players were charged up for Michigan. The night before the game they watched films of their school's 1977 victory over the Wolverines. Volunteer assistant coach George (Butch) Nash, an end on the Gophers' 1936 national championship team, then gave the squad an inspirational talk. "He told us they left their blood and skin on the field trying to win that one in 1977," said split end Mel Anderson. Added defensive tackle Anthony Burke, "We were ready to play the game right then."
Minnesota pressured Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh with blitzes early in the game and forced him into a fumble and an interception. "How did we get to Harbaugh so often?" said Gopher linebacker Mark Dusbabek. "It was desire, that's all. It's really hard to explain. We were here today, and they weren't."
"I feel sick to my stomach," said Harbaugh. He called the defeat "crushing."
Gutekunst was carried off the field on his players' shoulders. The Jug was close behind, cradled in the arms of none other than Nash. He passed it among young Gopher players, who had never earned the privilege. They would not soon forget this day.
Nor will Bo, who someday may win a national championship.