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Evaluating five huge plays from Michigan’s Rose Bowl win vs. Alabama

All of these plays were pivotal to say the least.

Michigan Plays Alabama In The 110th Rose Bowl Game In Pasadena Photo by Will Lester/MediaNews Group/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images

There were literally dozens of huge plays and moments in Michigan’s 27-20 Rose Bowl win. Michigan’s defense had six sacks, Michigan had two successful fourth down conversions, and players like J.J. McCarthy, Roman Wilson, and Blake Corum had clutch performances on offense.

With that in mind here are five huge plays from Michigan’s win.

Tyler Morris to the house

With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter Michigan took the lead on a Tyler Morris touchdown. J.J. McCarthy hit Morris in stride perfectly and Morris was able to get to the edge and head north up the sideline for a Michigan score.

A trick play goes from near disaster to a big gain

Donovan Edwards threw a backward pass to J.J. McCarthy but the pass was a wobbler with way too much air on it. McCarthy was somehow able to haul the pass in with one hand and throw the ball to Roman Wilson before getting pummeled. McCarthy was driven into the grass and a huge chunk of the earth was stuck in his helmet.

Roman Wilson ties it up late in the fourth quarter

Things were looking bleak with time winding down and Michigan needing a touchdown to tie the game and force overtime. However, the Michigan team never had doubt and capped off an incredibly clutch drive with a Roman Wilson touchdown off of a play-action look.

Blake Corum’s game-winning touchdown run in overtime

Blake Corum’s had a lot of touchdowns in his Michigan career, 56 to be exact, which makes him Michigan’s all-time rushing touchdown leader. However, none of the previous 55 were as big as what he was able to do in overtime. Corumzigged and zagged through defenders with great cuts, spun around while shedding tackles, and somehow got in the end zone. It was as good of a rushing touchdown as you’ll ever see.

A goal-line stand for the ages

With Michigan up 27-20 in overtime, it came down to a 4th and Goal attempt by Alamaba from the three. Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe tried to run it up the gut but Michigan was in the perfect coverage drawn up, sending an all-out blitz with Derrick Moore stuffing Milroe to win the game. An incredible finish to an electric Rose Bowl.