Wolverines Win in Carr's Curtain Call

Michigan upset No. 12 Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl on Tuesday afternoon at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fl. Chad Henne finished his career with his best numbers as a Wolverine throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Wide out Adrian Arrington had a career day as well with nine catches for 153 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

ORLANDO, Fl. -- The Michigan football team sent out the now former football coach in style at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fl., on Tuesday afternoon. Against the No. 12-ranked Florida Gators, in a game no one gave the Maize and Blue a chance in, the Wolverines out dueled Urban Meyer's high-octane offense in a back-and-forth 41-35 Michigan victory in the 2008 Capital One Bowl.

Carr's first bowl win since the last time the Maize and Blue upset the Florida Gators in the 2003 Outback Bowl, the Wolverines got big games from nearly all parties on the offensive side of the ball. Chad Henne finished his Michigan career with a 373-yard, 3 touchdown performance.

Henne sparked the Michigan offense right from the start. Taking the opening kickoff and moving the ball 94 yards on perfect 6-for-6 passing, Henne's right arm made it 7-0, capping the drive with a 21-yard strike to Mario Manningham.

Florida battled back, however. After the Michigan score, the Gators made the most of a short field when Percy Harvin scored the first of his two touchdowns. Harvin made his way into the Michigan end zone with a pass from the Gators Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow.

After a pair of Michigan turnovers, Tebow struck a second time, this time to Andre Caldwell, to give Florida one of its two leads of the contest.

The Wolverines went back on top with a pair of scores in the final 10 minutes of the second quarter. Covering an additional 118 yards and 23 plays over two drives, Mike Hart knotted the score 14-14 with a 3-yard touchdown run five minutes following the Gators go ahead score. Adrian Arrington's first touchdown catch with just eight seconds left in the half gave the Wolverines a 21-14 lead through the first half.

"What they did in this game and this environment, well, I love them to death," Lloyd Carr said after his final game at Michigan.

Michigan took advantage of the Gators lone miscue early in the third quarter. Bryan Wright's short kick-off bounced near the Gators 40-yard line, and it was the Wolverines who pounced on the ball to set up Michigan's biggest lead of the game.

Following the recovery, Mike Hart scored his only touchdown of the contest with a 1-yard run off left tackle.

Again, though, the Gators answered. After starting with a short field, Tim Tebow plowed his way into the Wolverines end zone to cut the lead to 28-21 halfway through the third quarter.

Six minutes later, after recovering a Mike Hart fumble inside their own 5-yard line, the Gators marched 80 yards, aided by a conversion on a fourth-and-seven fake punt, to tie it 28-28 going into Carr's final quarter.

K.C. Lopata put Michigan on top with a 37-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but Percy Harvin's final touchdown of the contest gave Florida their final lead of the game.

In the end, however, it was the Wolverines who got the last laugh. Just a minute and 37 seconds later, Arrington capped his career day with an 18-yard touchdown pass to put Michigan back on top 38-35.

Arrington finished with nine catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. On his opposite side, Manningham finished with five catches for 78 yards and a score.

Running back Mike Hart finished his Michigan career with 129 yards and two scores.

Michigan concludes the 2007-08 season with a 9-4 record. As of Jan. 2, 2008, Rich Rodriguez is officially the head football coach at the University of Michigan.

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