February 22, 2024

Michigan began and ended the common season with out the providers of their head coach.

On Monday, Jim Harbaugh was on the sidelines because the Wolverines defeated Alabama for the best to play for the nationwide title on January eighth. 

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with The Leishman Trophy after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide 27-20 in additional time to win the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Recreation at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Pasadena, California.  (Harry How/Getty Photos)

An exhilarating additional time sport noticed Michigan rapidly rating on the opening possession of OT with a 17-yard run by senior Blake Corum. With the sport on the road, the Wolverines’ protection took care of the remaining. 

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The opening minutes for Michigan introduced again reminiscences of final yr’s CFP loss to TCU, the place turnovers turned out to be the distinction.

A close to interception by Alabama defensive again Caleb Downs and a muffed punt return recovered by the Crimson Tide, which ultimately resulted in a 34-yard scoring run by operating again Jase McClellan – had Michigan wanting prefer it was reliving final yr’s nightmare. 

But it surely was Harbaugh’s protection, which entered the competition permitting the fewest factors per sport, which shifted the momentum again in Michigan’s favor. 

Mike Sainristil #0 and Derrick Moore #8 of the Michigan Wolverines have a good time within the second quarter in opposition to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the course of the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Recreation at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Pasadena, California.  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Photos)

Corum evened the rating on a 75-yard drive whereas the protection took care of quarterback Jalen Milroe, sacking him 5 instances within the first half, and Tyler Morris put Michigan forward together with his dance alongside the sidelines for a 38-yard landing catch. 

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However Alabama took again management within the second half, tightening up in opposition to Michigan’s irritating cross rush. McClellan would get his second landing of the evening on a three-yard run to provide the Crimson Tide their second lead of the evening. 

Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy responded, orchestrating an eight-play, 77-yard drive with just below two minutes remaining to even the rating with a four-yard cross to Roman Wilson and drive additional time. 

Corum staked his declare within the Michigan historical past books together with his 56th profession landing, and Alabama couldn’t reply. On the Michigan 3, Milroe was stopped for no achieve on a sneak up the center on fourth down.

Blake Corum scores game-winner

Michigan Wolverines operating again Blake Corum (2) scores on a 17-yard run to go-ahead throughout additional time of the School Soccer Playoff semifinals hosted by the Rose Bowl sport in opposition to the Alabama Crimson Tide at Rose Bowl in Pasadena Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.  (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Occasions through Getty Photos)

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The Wolverines prolonged their win streak to 13 this season and, whereas being excellent on the sector, Michigan has had its fair proportion of controversy off the sector. 

The Wolverines started their undefeated season with out head coach Jim Harbaugh after he served out a school-imposed three-game suspension over NCAA recruiting violations. Then, when Michigan was getting into its most difficult part of the season, Harbaugh was once more sidelined a further three video games amid an investigation right into a sign-stealing operation that concerned former low-level staffer, Connor Stalions. 

Regardless of the media frenzy surrounding this system, Michigan didn’t miss a beat. 

Michigan takes the field before the Rose Bowl

The Michigan Wolverines take the sector earlier than the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Recreation in opposition to the Alabama Crimson Tide at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Pasadena, California.  (Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Photos)

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Michigan continued to an 11-0 end and received its third straight convention championship with a 26-0 rout of Iowa. Now the Wolverines will now chase the varsity’s first nationwide title since 1997. 

Michigan will subsequent face the winner of Texas vs. Washington within the CFP Nationwide Championship on January 8.

Fox Information’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report. 

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