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.
This play was wild. What a catch and throw by J.J. McCarthy here!— JD 〽️ (@MGoJDBlue) January 2, 2024
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.
Can’t stop watching this Blake Corum touchdown run pic.twitter.com/npZY6YoPER— Woodward Sports Network (@woodwardsports) January 2, 2024
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.
Jalen Milroe is trying to read the LB that runs with his RB on the swing route. If he runs with him, it’s a keep. If he sits to play the run, it’s a throw. Low snap, he only feels LB running with his RB. DL blows up power. Milroe reacts. Ball game.— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) January 2, 2024