The running game is crucial to offensive success, especially in a conference like the Big Ten. Having a capable back to churn yards, break tackles and shake defenders is tantamount to late season success when the the weather grows cold and the days short.
In the history of the Wolverine football program, no one back was more prolific in this regard for one season than the man born of Zaire, Tshimanga Biakabutuka.
During the 1995 season, “Tim” Biakabutuka compiled 1818 total rushing yards for Lloyd Carr in his first year as head coach of ]V[ichigan.
Tim posted six 100-yard games, a 200-yard game and his season culminated in the 37 carry, 313-yard performance against the undefeated ohio state buckeyes driving the Wolverines to the 31-23 upset victory.
Unfortunately Biakabutuka’s individual success couldn’t propel the Wolverines to a record better than 9-4 that year yet his determination and drive were beyond question.
In 1995, a man of many nations ran with guts like no other before under the flag of Maize and Blue.
In 18 days, that flag shall fly again…