TBHR’s 5 Michigan Moments: #4 Desmond Howard: The Catch

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The year was 1991, Michigan is playing Notre Dame in their annual meeting. Michigan held on to a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. With 9:02 left to play in the game, head coach Gary Moeller was faced with a fourth down and inches play in the redzone. Schembechler elected to go for it. Elvis Grbac called an audible that would signal Desmond Howard to go deep, a huge gamble.

Grbac steps back and throws a pass that was barely overthrown. Howard stretches out and snares a fingertip grab that would secure a 24-14 victory for the Wolverines. The catch would also put Howard in to the forefront of the Heisman race. The rest is history.

“There is no better feeling than for a college football team to beat the Fighting Irish in your own building.” – Brent Musburger

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.