- Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy threw for three touchdown passes to fuel the win
- Wolverines RB Blake Corum set the school’s all-time record for most rushing TD’s
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Far from perfect, but undeniably resilient, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines came back to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, 27-20, in overtime to cap a thrilling Rose Bowl and advance to next week’s College Football National Championship
Michigan’s defense ended only the second overtime game in the 110 editions of the Rose Bowl when Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe was emphatically stopped as he attempted to sneak up the middle on fourth down from the Michigan 3.
Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines (14-0) will play for their school’s first national title since 1997 against Washington or Texas on Jan. 8 in Houston, but only after a late comeback and a hair-raising finish to the Granddaddy of Them All.
Outside of surrendering a 34-yard to Alabama running back Jase McClellan Michigan’s defense had gotten off to a strong start to the game after sacking Milroe five times in the first half.
Michigan went on to take a 13-10 lead into the half after QB J.J McCarthy connected on touchdown passes to RB Blake Corum and wide receiver Tyler Morris.
The Michigan Wolverines beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 27-20 in overtime in the Rose Bowl
Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy threw for three touchdown passes to fuel the Wolverines offense
The Wolverines were able to overcome head coach Jim Harbaugh being suspended twice
After a scoreless third quarter Alabama’s adjustments on offense finally paid off after an eight-play 55-yard drive ended with McClellan scoring his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard rush to give the Crimson Tide a 17-13 lead.
Later on in the quarter Alabama were able to extend the lead to 20-13 after Will Reichard scored a 52-yard field goal with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Michigan was able to pull off a magnificent drive that included a clutch 20-yard gain on a 4th-and-two near midfield.
Although the Wolverines were penalized for an illegal block in the back they were still able to secure the game-changing first down conversion.
Two plays later McCarthy completed a 29-yard pass to WR Roman Wilson that set up the touchdown pass to force the game into overtime.
McCarthy ended the game going 17-27 for 221 yards along with his three TD passes.
Michigan was able to keep the momentum going on offense after getting the ball first in overtime after Corum went on a tackle breaking 17-yard run to score a his second touchdown of the day.
Corum became Michigan’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 56 after the score.
Alabama RB Jase McClellan scored both of the Crimson Tide’s two touchdowns in regulation
Wolverines RB Blake Corum set the school’s all-time record for most rushing touchdowns
Alabama QB Jalen Milroe was sacked five times during the game’s first half alone
He ended the game with 19 carries for 83 yards and a TD, to go along with two catches for 35 yards and a score.
Alabama was unable to put the ball in the endzone after being stuffed on a running play up the middle on fourth-and-goal from the three-yard-line to bring upon the end of the game.
Harbaugh was suspended by the school for the first three games of the year over recruiting violations, and later got a three-game ban from the NCAA over the Wolverines’ sign-stealing scandal.
Despite the suspensions, Harbaugh and his coaching staff guided the Wolverines to a perfect regular season, including a third-consecutive win over arch-rival Ohio State, a Big Ten title, and a chance at the school’s first national championship since 1997.