Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was doused with water, surrounded by dancing players and then carried onto the field.
He went out a winner.
|Big Ten chomp|
Perhaps last season's national championship game was the exception and not the rule. With its loss to Michigan today, Florida falls to 2-4 this decade against the Big Ten Conference in bowl games.
|Michigan||'08 Capital One|| L, |
|Ohio State||'07 BCS Championship|| W, |
|Iowa||'06 Outback|| W, |
|Iowa||'04 Outback|| L, |
|Michigan||'03 Outback|| L, |
|Michigan State||'00 Citrus|| L, |
Chad Henne threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, Mike Hart ran for 129 yards and two scores and the Wolverines upset No. 9 Florida 41-35 Tuesday in the Capital One Bowl to win their first bowl game since 2003.
This one was special.
Michigan's senior class won its first bowl game in four tries and Carr ended his coaching career on a high note.
"It's extremely meaningful on a personal level," Carr said. "But the reason it's meaningful is because I can be in that locker room with the guys that did it. Our coaches put together a great game plan, our players executed. Of course, we were big so-called underdogs.
"To come up with that kind of effort and to find a way to win means that we have some memories that we're all going to be able to celebrate for years to come."
Henne, Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham torched Florida's secondary all game. Arrington caught nine passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and Manningham added five catches for 78 yards and a score.
Playing with a broken bone in his non-throwing hand and facing constant blitzes, Tebow was 17-of-33 for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 57 yards and a score.
Harvin ran 13 times for 165 yards and a touchdown, and caught nine passes for 77 yards and a score.
It wasn't enough.
Florida failed to convert a fourth-down play at its 25 yard line, and K.C. Lopata's 41-yard field goal put Michigan (9-4) ahead 41-35 with 2:21 remaining.
The Gators got another shot, but Tebow threw four straight incompletions to end any chance of a comeback.
"You definitely don't want to end the season on a losing note, so it definitely does take a little bit of the positive out of [the season]," Tebow said.
The Wolverines dumped a bucket of ice water on Carr in the closing seconds, then players started jumping up and down and dancing around their retiring coach.
They also carried him to midfield for the postgame handshake and interviews. His players dropped him off and headed straight to the Michigan section for a raucous celebration -- one they haven't had after a bowl game since beating Florida in the Outback Bowl.