U-M falters in second half, falls to Florida in Peach Bowl
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Strong play in the second half was a hallmark of the Wolverines during the fall, adjusting and outscoring each of their first 11 opponents after the break. For the second game in a row though, it was Michigan that got pushed around as the game progressed, falling to Florida 41-15 in the Peach Bowl.

Trailing by just three points at halftime, the Wolverines’ defense struggled to get stops in the second half, allowing three straight touchdown drives. The Gators also added a late pick-six on a tipped pass to deliver an additional punch to the gut.

Out-gaining Michigan by 101 yards in the game, Florida rushed for more than any team managed against the Maize and Blue, piling up 257 yards on the ground.

Playing without starting running back Karan Higdon, who elected to sit out in preparation for the NFL Draft, the Wolverines struggled without their own rushing attack, picking up 21 yards on a Shea Patterson run to open the game, then managing just 56 yards the rest of the way.

Patterson completed 22 of 36 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions.

Sophomore Josh Ross played in place of Devin Bush Jr. at MIKE linebacker, while backup VIPER Jordan Glasgow played on the weak side after Devin Gil suffered an injury late in the first half.  

Through the first 11 games of the season, Michigan outscored its opponents 204-66 in the second halves of games. In the final two contests against Ohio State and Florida, the Wolverines were outscored 66-25 after the break.

Michigan finishes the season at 10-3, losing in the bowl game for the third straight year.

 
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