ORLANDO, Fla. – Struggling to run the football down the stretch run of Big Ten play, all Michigan has heard this past month is that they won’t be able to run the ball against Florida’s top-ranked rush defense.
Then, well, Michigan unloaded on the Gators running the ball all afternoon, rushing for 225 yards in the U-M’s 41-7 win against Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Years Day.
“We definitely thought about it, it’s always one of our goals to get over 200 yards,” said fifth-year senior offensive center Graham Glasgow said. “I think that was some motivation for us, we knew they were good inside and (we) wanted to get some yards.”
That was evident in Michigan’s first drive, when the Wolverines rushed the ball for 55 yards on six carries, capping off a nine-play 73-yard drive with a seven-yard Drake Johnson touchdown run.
“In the first drive we were calling some good plays,” Glasgow said. “I don’t think they knew really what to do.”
Adding: “We just wanted to come to here and win this game. And we did that today. We ran the ball and passed the ball well, and it’s a great feeling.”
Now Glasgow, who played his last game as Wolverine today, can go out on top.
“I’m happy, this is the best way to end a college career,” Glasgow said. “Getting 10 wins and running the ball for 200 something (yards). That’s the best way to go out.”