Monday, August 29, 2016

Hawaii/Michigan time machine: Nov. 28, 1998


Welcome to a new feature from CSO which will be released each and every Monday this season and that is the time machine of the week's spotlight game.

We kick things off with the last meeting between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Michigan Wolverines from Nov. 28, 1998.

A lot of things have changed since the last meeting between the two schools and let's list a few things that stood out:

-The Apple iPod did not exist as the Sony Walkman CD and cassette players were the ultimate source of music on the road.

- The average price of gas cost $0.97 per gallon.

- MTV's Total Request Live was the "A" show for popular artists to make appearances and perform on.

Highlights from Michigan/Hawaii on Nov. 28, 1998:

- Fresh off a 31-16 loss to eventual Sugar Bowl participant Ohio State, Michigan had one more chance to go into bowl season on a high note at Hawaii and did so with a convincing 48-17 win.

- Michigan running back Anthony Thomas used the Hawaii game as a coming out party with a career-high 183 yards rushing on 13 carries and four touchdowns.

- Wide receiver Tai Streets also had a day to remember with five catches for 90 yards and two TD's.

- Right tackle Jon Jansen tied the school record for most consecutive starts at 49. Jansen broke the record in his final game in the Citrus Bowl against Arkansas on Jan, 1, 1999.

- Forgotten in the game was the debut of freshman Hayden Epstein as a dual threat position player on special teams as a punter, to go along with placekicker duties.

Here is a video recap from Honolulu with Dave Barnett and Bill Curry on the call for ESPN2:

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