(Author's note: Like our friends at MVictors, we love a good Michigan mystery, or Mich-stery, as it were. This is not so much a mystery but trying to account for an extra 12 games.)
October 20, 1984. Michigan loses to Iowa at Kinnick 26-0. This is the last known date that a Michigan football team failed to score in a Division I-A or I-FBS football contest. Since that date and including this season's two games, Michigan has played 352 games and scored points in all of them. This puts them within striking distance of BYU's record of 361 consecutive games with points.
There's just one problem. The NCAA record book already thinks Michigan has the record, except where it doesn't.
This is a link to the NCAA FBS record book for 2013. Buried deep within the book, on Page 117, you will see a header that says "Longest Streak of Games Without Being Shut Out" and you will see it says 362-Michigan. This is 12 more games than the Bentley archive credits Michigan with during the streak. Oddly, it makes no sense, as Michigan's streak before the 1984 Iowa game extends back to 1977 and the "We're #1, no wait" Minnesota debacle.
But wait, go back to page 18 of the record book.
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT BEING SHUT OUT
361—BYU, Oct. 3, 1975, through Nov. 15, 2003 (ended with 3-0 loss to Utah, Nov. 22, 2003)
So, the records conflict, but the front of the book is accurate.
Trust me, I want Michigan to get this record, it's one of the few things that ties every era of Michigan football in my lifetime together. But I want it to be legitimate and the fact that game 361 to tie it would be Iowa and 362 to beat it would be Ohio State would make it all the better. But the current number is actually, really 352.