Rose Bowl Clutch Performer II
Michigan has only managed four wins (out of 15 attempts) in the Rose Bowl game since the 1969 season when Coach Schembechler first arrived in Ann Arbor. Nevertheless, certain Wolverines have stepped up over the years to deliver big performances on January 1st to help Michigan's bid for victory. One of the all-time clutch Rose Bowl performances was turned in by running back Tyrone Wheatley. (see post of July 28, 2006- Tyrone Wheatley: Clutch Rose Bowl Performer). Another all-time clutch Rose Bowl performance that needs to be recognized is the 1998 game played by QB Brian Griese.
Michigan entered the Rose Bowl game 11-0 and ranked #1 in the nation. The pressure could not have been any greater. Yet, Griese led the team with ease going 18 for 30 passing for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. His three td. passes went for 53 yards, 58 yards and 23 yards respectively as Michigan beat Washington State 21-16 to win the National Championship! For his efforts, Griese was named the game's MVP and he earned a place in Michigan lore as one of the all-time clutch performers in Michigan football history. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Brian Griese by Allsport/Jonathan Daniel