Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Michigan gets emotional bowl win for retiring Coach

With clutch performances on both sides of the ball, the Wolverines delivered a bowl win over the heavily-favored Florida Gators in Coach Carr's last game. The game was emotionally charged and the Wolverines were clearly amped up and giving it everything they had on behalf of their retiring coach. Michigan's offensive stars all came up big as Mike Hart (32 att., 129 yds., 2 tds.), Adrian Arrington (9 rec., 153 yds., 2 tds.), and Mario Mannigham (5 rec., 78 yds., 1 td). all reached the end zone. However, the biggest performance was turned in by game MVP Chad Henne who was 25-39 for 373 yds., 3 tds. and 2 ints. The Michigan defense also played well, despite yielding 35 points, as it held Florida to 2 of 11 third down conversions and made key stops in the final minutes. It all added up to Michigan's first bowl win in the past five games and a great sendoff to Coach Carr. Video of Coach Carr's locker room speech after the game can be found on the Big Ten Network site. Go Blue!

*Note: Photo of Coach Carr addressing a victorious Michigan locker room as Head Coach for one final time by JOHN T. GREILICK/The Detroit News

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