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|1959 Michigan Wolverines football|
Fred Julian (#16) carries the ball in 1959
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1959 record||4–5 (3–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Bump Elliott (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium|
|1959 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 6 Wisconsin $||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Illinois||4||–||2||–||1||5||–||3||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1959 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In its first year under head coach Bump Elliott, Michigan compiled a 4–5 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the Big Ten, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 161 to 122.
The season ended with a 23–14 victory over Ohio State before a crowd of 90,093 at Michigan Stadium. In his final game for Michigan, quarterback Stan Noskin ran for a touchdown and passed for another.
Left guard George Genyk was the team captain, and fullback Tony Rio received the team's most valuable player award. The team's statistical leaders included Stan Noskin with 747 passing yards, right halfback Fred Julian with 289 rushing yards, and right end Robert Johnson with 264 receiving yards.
|September 26||Missouri*||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||L 15–20||52,756|
|October 3||Michigan State||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)||L 8–34||103,234|
|October 10||Oregon State*||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||W 18–7||76,020|
|October 17||No. 2/2 Northwestern||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||L 7–20||68,393|
|October 24||at Minnesota||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug)||W 14–7||56,082|
|October 31||No. 10/9 Wisconsin||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||L 10–19||68,756|
|November 7||at No. NR/16 Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, Il (series)||W 20–15||44,768|
|November 14||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||L 7–26||24,171|
|November 21||Ohio State||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)||W 23–14||88,804|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
|Player||Attempts||Net yards||Yards per attempt||Touchdowns|
The starting lineup of the 1959 football team was made up of the following players. Players who started at least four games are shown with their names in bold.
Team honors and awards for the 1959 season went to the following individuals.
Michigan's 1959 coaching, training, and support staff included the following persons.