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Important numbers in U-M history

30-21: Red Berenson's majesty and Desmond Howard's magic dot the list

Updated: July 20, 2012, 4:26 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

Throughout the week, WolverineNation staff writer Chantel Jennings has been examining some of the most important numbers in the history of Michigan athletics. Today, she takes a crack at Nos. 30 through 21.

[+] EnlargeRudy Tomjanovich
AP PhotoRudy Tomjanovich went for 29 poins and a school-record 30 rebounds on Feb. 1, 1969, against the Loyola Ramblers.

30

Rebounds -- The most rebounds ever recorded in a single Michigan basketball game, by Rudy Tomjanovich against Loyola (Ill.) in 1969. He had more rebounds than points (29).

29

First downs -- The most rushing first downs in a single game in Michigan football history. It has been accomplished twice: once in 1969 against Iowa and again in 1971 against Virginia.

28

Years -- The number of years Red Berenson has coached the Michigan hockey team. Berenson has coached 1,181 games for the Wolverines, going 752-352-77. He stands at No. 5 on the all-time wins list for NCAA hockey. He has two national championships to his name (1996, 1998) and was named the national coach of the year in 2008.

27

Year -- In 1927, plans to start building the Big House were approved. On May 9, 1927, the first cement was poured for stadium seating and by Oct. 1, 1927, the stadium was ready for the season opener. The total cost of the stadium was $1,131,733.36. Since then, changes and expansions have been made to keep Michigan Stadium among the most impressive in the country.

26

Year -- The final year that Fielding H. Yost coached at the University of Michigan. While he retained the position of athletic director until 1940, the 1926 season was the last time he was at the helm of the Michigan football program. He went out with a bang, finishing 7-1 and winning the conference.

25

Passing touchdowns -- The most passing touchdowns recorded in a season. The feat has been accomplished twice: once in 1991 by Elvis Grbac and again in 2004 by Chad Henne.
Runner-up: Jersey number -- Gary Grant's jersey number. Nicknamed "The General," Grant held the season assist record for several years until Darius Morris broke it during the 2010-11 season. Grant was named an All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988.

24

Countries -- The number of countries Michigan athletes and coaches have represented in the Olympics. The 211 participants have won a combined 65 gold, 35 silver and 38 bronze medals.

23

Basketball perfection -- The number of points scored by men's basketball player Bill Buntin when he set a Michigan record for best shooting percentage by going 11-for-11 from the floor against Butler in 1963.

22

Consecutive seasons -- The number of seasons hockey coach Red Berenson has led Michigan to the NCAA tournament. It is the longest NCAA tournament appearance streak in the country. The Wolverines have reached the Frozen Four 11 times, but their postseason streak was almost lost in the 2009-10 season when the Wolverines struggled in the regular season, but came up with a CCHA tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Runner-up: Jersey number -- Buntin's retired No. 22 Michigan basketball jersey. Buntin, a two time All-American, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game during his three-year Michigan career.

21

Jersey number -- Unlike Heisman winner Tom Harmon, 1991 Heisman winner Desmond Howard's uniform hasn't been retired. However, it was adorned with a legacy patch in 2011. At Michigan, Howard's electrifying play and show-stopping returns made him one of the most recognizable figures in Michigan football history. In his three seasons, he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records en route to his Heisman and All-American status his junior season. He left following that season and was taken by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the NFL draft.

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