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Last Week at The Wolverine Den
Michigan 14 - Kansas State 31
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Sun Devil Stadium
December 28, 2013 - 10:15 pm ET
In front of the 3rd largest crowd in the history of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Michigan Wolverines finished the season with a 31-14 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. The game was a disappointment and a microcosm of a season filled with disappointment. QB Devin Gardner did not play after injuring his foot against Ohio in the final Big Ten game. Freshman Shane Morris made his first start as a Wolverine. Morris was a heralded prep quarterback and he showed signs of a bright future. He completed 24-38 passes for 196 yards and also rushed for 43 yards. The big lefty is talented but inexperienced. His time will come.
The Wolverine Den Trivia
How many Michigan Wolverines are in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame?
The only real bright spot in the game (and in the season) was the play of Jeremy Gallon. With 9 catches for 89 yards, Gallon set a new school record for most receiving yards in a season (1373) passing Braylon Edwards. Gallon also set a Michigan record with receptions in 39 consecutive games. Combined with Devin Funchess, the pair set a school record for receiving yards (2121) passing the tandem of Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington in 2007. It was quite a year for Jeremy Gallon and he was rewarded with the Bo Schembechler Award as the team MVP.
The setting was great, the weather was great, the tailgate was great, but the game was not great. There is much work to do. We saw glimpses in 2013 (the win over Notre Dame, the performance against Ohio). But there is much work to do.
Great Moments in Wolverines - Bowl History
- 1902 Rose Bowl: Michigan had 527 yards rushing – led by Willie Heston’s 170 yards and Neil Snow’s 4 TDs in the 49-0 win over Stanford in the first Rose Bowl game.
- 1978 Rose Bowl: Rick Leach to Curt Stephensen for a 76-yard TD pass – the longest in Michigan bowl history.
- 1980 Rose Bowl: Butch Woolfolk’s 182 yards rushing helping Michigan give Bo his first bowl win 23-6 over Washington.
- 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl: John Kolesar’s TD catch late in the 4th qtr and Jamie Morris’ 234 yards rushing led Michigan past Alabama 28-24.
- 1989 Rose Bowl: Leroy Hoard’s 142 yards and 2 TDs led to a 22-14 win over USC.
- 1991 Gator Bowl: Michigan had 715 total yards of offense (a single game team record) in the 35-3 win over Mississippi.
- 1993 Rose Bowl: Tyrone Wheatley had 235 yards rushing (on only 15 carries) in 38-31 win over Washington.
- 1998 Rose Bowl: Brian Griese to Tai Streets for 2 long TDs to help Michigan win the National Championship.
- 1999 Citrus Bowl: Ian Gold’s interception and return for a TD in the win 45-31 over Arkansas.
- 2000 Orange Bowl: Tom Brady to David Terrell ten times as Michigan overcomes Alabama to win in OT 35-34.
- 2003 Outback Bowl: Chris Perry had 193 yards (108 receiving, 85 rushing) and 4 TDs to lead Michigan over Florida 38-30.
- 2008 Capital One Bowl: Chad Henne threw for 373 yards and Michigan beat Heisman-winner Tim Tebow 41-35 in Lloyd Carr’s final game as coach.