The reason for Michigan's success this season is that it is a team, not a playground for stars. Take away Boles's long gainer and he had just 42 yards for the day (including a 13-yard run for Michigan's final touchdown); five Wolverine receivers shared nine receptions; four defenders each had six solo tackles.
Coach Bo Schembechler, in a conversation last Thursday in Ann Arbor, had proved to be a prophet. Said he: "We have to have no turnovers I they had one, Jones's pass interception]. Our punting has to be solid [much-maligned punter Chris Stapleton boomed three for a whopping average of 51.6 yards]. The defense has to play great against the run [it allowed only 92 yards rushingl because we have no chance of stopping their passing [ George completed 22 of 38 passes for 253 yards]. We can beat them—and they can beat us."
With that kind of insight, no wonder Michigan strong safety Tripp Welborne, who had a late interception and who even Schembechler admits is one of the best he has ever coached, says, "If Bo feels I'm not performing up to par, then I would be unwise not to heed what he says." Which is why another sign at Michigan reads WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH IMPROVING, YOU ARE THROUGH. The Wolverines, it appears, are anything but through.