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Important numbers in U-M history

20-11: Turning toward football and its coaches, comebacks and big wins

Updated: July 20, 2012, 4:27 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

Brady HokeAP Photo/Dave MartinFootball coach Brady Hoke plays an important role at Nos. 20 and 19 on the countdown.
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. 20 through 11.

20

Bowl victories -- The number of bowl victories Michigan has. The Wolverines have gone 20-21 in their postseason appearances.

19

Coaches -- The number of head football coaches in Michigan football history. On Jan. 11, 2011, Brady Hoke became No. 19.
Runner-up: Jersey number -- Kicker Remy Hamilton, who wore No. 19, is the first and only Michigan placekicker to become an All-American.

18

Year -- The Michigan football team was the 1918 national champion, despite only playing five games. The 1918 flu epidemic swept across the country that year, causing rule changes and game cancellations. Regardless, Michigan was given the title after defeating its five opponents 96-6.
Runner-up: Quarterbacks -- There are 18 Michigan quarterbacks who've thrown for four touchdowns in a single game. Most recently, it was accomplished in 2011 by Denard Robinson against Notre Dame.

[+] EnlargeMercury Hayes
Julian H. Gonzalez/Getty ImagesMercury Hayes' TD catch as time expired rescued Michigan in the 1995 season opener against Virginia.

17

Point deficit -- Michigan was down 17-0 against Virginia in the fourth quarter in the 1995 season opener. It was Lloyd Carr's first game as head coach and it looked as though it would end poorly until Michigan plotted its comeback, which was finished off with a Mercury Hayes' catch in the end zone. It was a fourth-down, as-time-expired, all-your-eggs-in-one-basket kind of play, and Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach connected with Hayes to complete the comeback and give Michigan the 18-17 victory.

16

Jersey number -- Former Michigan baseball shortstop Barry Larkin's now-retired No. 16 uniform.
Runner-up: Current quarterback Denard Robinson's jersey number.

15

Points per game -- Rumeal Robinson's average during his three-year Michigan career. While that was impressive, his most important points came during the 1989 national championship game, when he hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to clinch the national title for the Wolverines.

14

Rebounds per game -- Rudy Tomjanovich's average over his three-year career, a Michigan men's basketball record.

13

Bo's B1G titles -- The number of times Michigan won or tied for the Big Ten championship during former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler's tenure.

12

Men's basketball B1G titles -- The men's basketball team has won 12 Big Ten championships, with its most recent in 2011-12. The most successful years for Michigan were in the 1960s, when the Wolverines won three conference crowns in a row beginning in 1964.

11

Football national titles -- The number of national championships the Michigan football program has won.
Runner-up: Jersey number -- The three Wistert brothers all wore the now-retired No. 11 uniform for Michigan. All three -- Francis, Albert and Alvin -- were All-American tackles in the 1930s and '40s. It's the only retired uniform at Michigan that's retired for more than one player.
Second runner-up: Seconds -- Michigan basketball player Chris Webber called a timeout with 11 seconds to play against North Carolina during the 1993 NCAA title game. The Wolverines had no timeouts, resulting in a technical foul. Donald Williams hit both free throws for the Tar Heels, sealing the victory.

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