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Game Wrap: Outback Bowl

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Michigan traveled to Florida to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl, coming up just short of a victory.

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It hurts. It hurts a lot.

I've watched Michigan football closely for at least twelve years now and I've never seen such a genuinely classy senior group. Denard Robinson, Jordan Kovacs, Craig Roh and the rest of the class deserved a win. They came up just short, watching as South Carolina tore apart yet another Greg Mattison zone blitz to win the game in the closing moments.

Painful bullets:

  • I wrote in my preview that Michigan needed to minimize the effects of Jadeveon Clowney. That turned out to be an impossible task. Clowney made the play of the game when he split two Wolverine blockers and ran straight through Vincent Smith, changing Earth's orbit and picking up the ball in the process. I feel deeply sorry for anyone who will face Clowney in 2013 and beyond.
  • Michigan's rush defense was great throughout most of the game, but the Wolverines failed to put Connor Shaw down on a handful of long zone read plays. He and Dylan Thompson both threw the ball well, going 25/36 and 4 TDs.
  • Devin Gardner had an up-and-down type of game. He went 18/35 passing for 3 TDs and 1 INT, but he sailed quite a few balls that easily could have been completed. His performance was still strong given the pressure he was facing.
  • Michigan was outdone by SC in total yardage by 73 yards but crushed South Carolina in time of possession by 16 minutes. South Carolina's big play ability won them the game.

I'm going to watch the Rose Bowl and sip on some rum and Coke. I'm still hurting from Jadeveon Clowney's hit.