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12- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Before every football game this season, two of the Daily football writers
take the weekend's matchup to the Playstation 2.
For this week's matchup, coach Joe Smith led the Gators and J. Brady
McCollough took the helm of the Wolverines.
Play of the game - With the Wolverines ahead 15-13 with two minutes left in
the fourth quarter, Michigan P No. 39 punted deep into Florida territory. Flori-
da CB No. 1 caught the punt at the 16-yard line, juked Michigan FS No. 26 out
of his jock and went untouched to give Florida a shortlived 20-15 lead.
Most unrealistic play of the game - The Wolverines struck on their first
drive of the game. After a QB No. 16 fumble set Michigan up with a 3rd-and-
24, the Wolverines went for it all, as QB No. 16 threw a fly pattern deep to
WR No. 80, who caught a 37-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone to
give Michigan a 6-0 lead. K No. 34 missed the PAT.
Player of the game - Michigan WR No. 19 - The senior left it all out on
the Raymond James Stadium field, moving the chains consistently when the
Wolverines needed it.
Michigan key stats
Passing: QB No. 16 - 13-of-27, 276 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: RB No. 23 - 14 carries, 67 yards; FB No. 35 - 2 carries, 1 TD
Receiving: WR No. 19 - 6 receptions, 99 yards; WR No. 9 - 3 receptions,
60 yards, 1 TD; WR No. 80 - 1 reception, 37 yards, 1 TD
Defense: CB No. 30 - 2 interceptions; CB No. 31 - 1 sack, 1 interception
Florida key stats
Passing: QB No. 8 - 9-of-19, 235 yards, 1 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: RB No. 5 - 2 carries, 2 yards
Receiving: WR No. 2 - 4 receptions, 128 yards; WR No. 11- 2 recep-
tions, 75 yards, 1 TD
Defense: SS No. 9 - 2 interceptions, 64 yards, 1 TD
Michigan head coach J. Brady McCollough: This was Michigan football at its
best. We pounded RB No. 23 time and time again, and because of that, the
play-action pass opened up like the Red Sea. 'm so proud of our team. Ten
wins is a great season. It really is. Isn't it?!
I couldn't have asked anything more from WR No. 19. He played his fourth-
best game since he's been at Michigan, but more importantly, he kept
drives alive when they couldn't die. I don't know how he would have done
without the out pattern. Our coaches called a greatgamefrom the booth. If
you can find me a better wide receiver in the country than WR No. 19, I'll
take the fullback screen play out of my playbook for an entire year.
This brought Coach Smith's record against me to 1-3 on the season. The one
win was the Utah game, and I was the Utes. There's nothingbetter than send-
ing a senior out with a loss. He'll remember this one for the rest of his life.
I'd like to thank the Outback Bowl for being sogreat to us this past week. Cen-
tral Florida has been good to us, and we can't wait to be back next season.
Florida coach Joe Smith: Heisman what? I don't know what all the hype is
about this QB No. 8. He flaked out again, and every time we were near the red
zone, he found another winged helmet to throw to. Gotta love prime time play-
ers. Imagine whathe'd do if I gave him more freedom in a so-called "Fun 'N'
Gun" offensive scheme? Jeez.
The key to the game was that we couldn't get any pressure on Michigan QB
No. 16. I swear, we made him look like Joe Montana on several occasions.
Even an elderly woman can complete a pass with eight minutes to throw.
Losing another game to McColloug h in the final minutes? Painful. Not being
able to put the nail in the coffin? Frustrating. Watching him jump around
like a chimpanzee and hearing him say "Look at J. Brady make a play!"
incessantly? Unbearable.
A five-loss season in Florida? Nothing like making a good first impression.

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passing yards with 266 yards per game. Gross-
man's primary target is receiver Taylor Jacobs.
The first-team All-SEC honoree has caught 64
balls for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, and
will likely give Michigan's zone defense fits all
day. Michigan's defense has been decimated by
injury all season - particularly its defensive
But when the opportunity arises, the one-on-
one matchups between Jacobs and sophomore
cornerback Marlin Jackson should be the high-
lights of the day. Senior tight end Aaron Walker
has come on strong late in the season, giving
Grossman a reliable short-range weapon.
Edge: Florida
ING DEFENSE: Michigan's front seven have also
been depleted by injury, but still rank as one of
the better units in the country. Although Ohio
State running back Maurice Clarett single-hand-

edly won the game for the Buckeyes three weeks
ago (20 carries, 122 yards, one touchdown), 100-
yard days are hard to come by against the
Wolverines, and Florida running back Earnest
Graham is no Maurice Clarett. Graham averages
a little over four yards per carry, and is not a real
receiving threat. Expect Michigan to limit Gra-
ham's productivity and force Grossman into
third-and-long passing situations.
Edge: Michigan

INTANGIBLES: In a sense, this central Florida
bowl is business as usual for the Wolverines, and
the Gators can't be too thrilled to make the two-
hour drive south on I-75. But Michigan is play-
ing to make amends for last year's debacle
against Tennessee, and has an excellent opportu-
nity to win its first-ever game against Florida.
The Gators are entering their first bowl game
since 1992 in which they have posted as few as
eight regular season wins.
There is also the matter of Florida coach Ron
Zook's job security. Steve Spurrier's successor
has been on the hot seat all season, and a loss to
Michigan would do nothing to make the folks in
Gainesville less hostile.
Edge: Push


SPECIAL TEAMS: Although Michigan
punter/kicker Adam Finley looked marvelous in
the loss to Ohio State (connecting on all three of
his crucial field goal attempts) the Wolverines'
kicking game is always a question mark.
In a game where offense trumps defense and
Grossman and Jacobs can expect big days, the
field position battle will not be as critical as it
usually is in Big Ten play. Florida kicker Matt
Leach is 8-of-14 on field goal attempts this year,
but can knock it through the uprights from 50
yards out.
Edge: Florida

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Florida 35, Michigan 31

Outback Bowl: Florida (-1.5) vs. Michigan
New Orleans Bowl: Cincinnati (-8) vs. North Texas
GMAC Bowl: Marshall (-2.5) vs. Louisville
Tangerine Bowl: Texas Tech (-5.5) vs. Clemson
Las Vegas Bowl: UCLA (-10.5) vs. New Mexico
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (-12) vs. Tulane
Motor City Bowl: Boston College (-4) vs. Toledo
Insight Bowl: Oregon State (-1.5) vs. Pittsburgh
Houston Bowl: Oklahoma State (-7.5) vs. Southern Miss
Independence Bowl: Nebraska (-4.5) vs. Mississippi
Holiday Bowl: Kansas State (-17.5) vs. Arizona State
Continental Tire Bowl: West Virginia (-5) vs. Virginia
Alamo Bowl: Colorado (.7.5) vs. Wisconsin
Music City Bowl: Arkansas (-8.5) vs. Minnesota
Seattle Bowl: Oregon (-7) vs. Wake Forest
Humanitarian Bowl: Boise State (-10) vs. Iowa State
Sun Bowl: Washington (-3.5) vs. Purdue
Liberty Bowl: Colorado State (-5) vs. Texas Christian
Silicon Valley Classic: Georgia Tech (-3.5) vs. Fresno State
Peach Bowl: Maryland (-1) vs. Tennessee
San Francisco Bowl: Virginia Tech (-11.5) vs, Air Force
Cotton Bowl: Texas (-10) vs. Louisiana State
Gator Bowl: Notre Dame (pick) vs. North Carolina State
Capital One Bowl: Penn State (-6) vs. Auburn
Rose Bowl: Oklahoma (-6) vs. Washington State
Sugar Bowl: Georgia (-4) vs. Florida State
Orange Bowl: Southern Cal. (-6) vs. Iowa
Fiesta Bowl: Miami (Fla.) (-13) vs. Ohio State
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