That's one way to ring in the New Year.
The Michigan Wolverines (10-3, 6-2 B1G) absolutely dominated the Florida Gators (10-4, 7-1 SEC) in the Buffalo Wild Wing Citrus Bowl by a score of 41-7.
Michigan played its most complete football of the year on Friday afternoon with strong performances from Jake Rudock, De'Veon Smith and Jehu Chesson and the defense did what it was expected to against Florida's poor offense.
Rudock's performance gives him the second-best passing season in Michigan history behind only John Navarre, who he also joined as the only other quarterback to throw for 3,000-plus yards. He finished 278 yards and three touchdown passes on the day. He is also the first U-M quarterback to throw for 250-plus yards in five-straight games.
Smith earned himself his third 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 24 rushes for 105 yards. Chesson hauled in five catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Drake Johnson scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown and finished with five carries for 49 yards. Sione Houma and Grant Perry added touchdowns, as well.
Michigan took a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime and then exploded for 24 unanswered points in the second half. Florida's defense simply had no answer.
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