This is not what the writer of the greatest college football fight song ever had in mind when he wrote about the victors valiant, the conquering heroes or the champions of the west.
They nevertheless played that strain loud and long Saturday in the aftermath of a third-overtime denial of a two-point conversion, which handed the embattled Wolverines a 67-65 victory over Illinois at Michigan Stadium.
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Yes, at Michigan Stadium …not at Crisler Arena.
It was, final score notwithstanding, football they were playing, albeit with a twist on Michigan history.
Back in 1901, Fielding Yost brought his point-a-minute offense to Ann Arbor and outscored opponents, 555-0.