Michigan Ends Their Season In Disarray As They Lose To Florida In Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Michigan Ends Their Season In Disarray As They Lose To Florida In Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

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Michigan Ends Their Season In Disarray As They Lose To Florida In Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

After a loss to Ohio State in November, Michigan was looking to answer and respond to their worst loss of the season against the Florida Gators in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and fsd

The game started off with a huge 46-yard touchdown run by Michigan running back Christan Turner, but it would be overturned as he stepped out of bounds and Michigan would end up with no points on their opening drive.

Michigan’s defense on their first possession would force a three and out and the Gators would stop the Wolverines as well. Florida would eventually drive down the field, but stumble when inside the five-yard line and the Wolverines held them to a field goal, giving Florida the 3-0 lead.

Michigan’s offense would wake up with two big passes from quarterback Shea Patterson to wide receiver Nico Collins, setting up a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones as Michigan took the 7-3 lead. Peoples-Jones finished the game as the leading receiver with seven catches 51 yards and a touchdown.

Florida would drive down the field again, but get held to a field goal to cut the lead down to 7-6. Michigan couldn’t get anything going on offense, but the special teams helped out big by blocking a punt to give them good field position.

Michigan, even with the good field position, couldn’t get it into the end zone as kicker Jake Moody was out and nailed the 48-yard field goal to put Michigan up 10-6.

Florida and quarterback Felepie Franks drove down the field and again, pushed Michigan back but this time scored on a 20-yard run by Franks and Florida took the 13-10 lead.

Michigan was able to push the ball downfield before halftime but settled for a 52-yard field goal attempt by Moody that would be off to the left and at the half, Florida still had that 13-10 lead. The rushing attack for the Wolverines wasn’t effective in the first half and the game overall, as the team finished with 28 carries for 71 yards, the leading rusher went to Christian Turner with seven carries for 29 yards.

The second half started off well for the Michigan defense as they forced a three and out, but the offense made a mistake when they took the field. Patterson took a deep shot that was intercepted by safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as he returned it to Michigan’s territory. Patterson had a rough game despite having a good first half, going 19/30 for 206 yards for a touchdown and two interceptions, along with nine carries for 13 yards.

Florida would execute on their short field drive with a 30-yard run on a fourth and one to set up a five-yard touchdown pass from Franks to running back Lamical Perine to extend their lead to 20-10.

Michigan’s offense stumbled again and Florida would get the ball back and make big plays once again that turn into points. Franks pitched the ball to running back Jordan Scarlett for the touchdown and Florida was starting to pull away 27-10.

Patterson started making some plays and drove the Wolverines down the field, but again another touchdown was overturned as wide receiver Tarik Black lost possession of the football as he fell to the ground, so Moody would kick another field goal and Michigan cut the lead down to 27-13.

Michigan’s defense was showing some hope but allowed a big third down play to keep their drive alive. Then the Wolverines defense showed hope once again, but on third and 20, Perine ran for a 53-yard touchdown run to put Florida up 34-13.

Michigan’s punt defense team was the lone bright spot as they would have a second blocked punt of the day, this one by Khaleke Hudson and it would go for a safety and Michigan would cut the lead down to 34-15, but it wouldn’t last long.

On their next offensive possession, Patterson threw a pass that was batted and picked off by Gardner-Johnson again and it would go all the way for a touchdown, Michigan down 41-15.

Michigan’s defense got embarrassed against Ohio State and allowed 62 points and 567 yards of offense. Today they allowed 34 points and 413 yards of offense. You’d think a month of preparation for this game and the fact that they were exposed on national TV would wake them up, but they were still in the same form that they were against the Buckeyes.

The defense was without defensive end Gary and linebacker Devin Bush, but even them playing wouldn’t have helped that much. Defensive end Chase Winovich did well with seven tackles, three for loss and a sack. The passing game for Florida worked well against the Wolverines secondary, with Franks being able to find open receivers all game long.

Michigan ends with another 10-3 record as head coach Jim Harbaugh is 1-3 in bowl games, beating Florida in 2015, but losing three straight bowl games, from Florida State, South Carolina, and Florida. Michigan hasn’t ended the season with their head held high since Harbaugh’s first season and it led to a better feeling 2016 season, despite it being the same record. 2016 bowl loss led to a poor 2017 season and that bowl game loss led to a great 2018 start, but a horrible finish.

Michigan has a lot to work with in 2019, a majority of it being the defense, but the offense still has some question marks as well. 2019 has to be better for Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines before it’s too late, and it could already be too late.

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