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One hundred seven years of edftn ulfreedom

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wng up his arms in ecstasy, center Zach Adami celebrates the first of two 50-yard touchdown receptions by wide receiver Tai Streets. The victory clinched Michigan's first national championship since 1948.

I The Daily's
section on
the Rose
Bowl, A
and photos.
See section B

Unbelievable season ends with perfection

By Nicholas J. Cotsanika
Daily Sports Editor
PASADENA, Calif. - Long after the
trophy has tarnished and this newspa-
per has yellowed, tales will be told with
chest-bursting pride of these Michigan
Wolverines and this Rose Bowl, of this team's
character and its comebacks, of the emotional
energy shared by those lucky enough to
behold the marvelous magic made on New

the rest of my life," said
senior quarterback Brian
Griese, who was named
the game's most valuable
player. "You have oppor-
tunities in life, and those
who stand out are the
ones who take advantage
.of those opportunities. It's
just sweet for us to capi-

The 84th Rose Bowl
Jan. 14 9 998
Pasadena, Calif.

"if you would have told
me then," defensive end
Glen Steele said, "I would
have laughed." After all,
Michigan didn't win a
national championship in
coaching legend Bo
Schembechler's 21-year
era of eminence. Bo never
went 12-0.

thought we were going to go 8-4 again. We
played hard every week to get to this position.
We all felt we could go undefeated; we just
had to go out and do it,"
They went out and did it the way they had
all autumn - by doing what no one but them-
selves thought they could. Griese, a one-time
walk-on who had lost his starting job and rode
the bench a year ago, threw his longest two
passes of the season for touchdowns. Both

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