Michigan’s first appearance at the CFP ended in a 34-11 semi-final loss to Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
” Andrel Antoine scored UM’s only touchdown on a 35-yard reception from JJ McCarthy in the fourth quarter.
” Josh ross led the Michigan defense with 11 tackles (four solo).
The Wolverines end the season 12-2, marking the third 12-game winning season in program history.
Site: Miami Gardens, Florida (Hard Rock Stadium)
Event: CFP semi-final at Capital One Orange Bowl
Goal: # 3 Georgia 34, # 2 Michigan 11
Recordings: UM (12-2), Georgia (13-1)
Presence: 66 839
Next Unified Messaging Event: Season ended
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Making their first college football playoff appearance and facing Georgia for the first time since 1965, the No.2-ranked University of Michigan football team fell behind early and failed. was able to solve the No. 3 Bulldogs’ national defense in a 34-11 CFP semifinal loss in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Friday night (December 31) at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Bulldogs scored in their first five practices of the game, getting three touchdowns and two field goals to build a formidable 27-3 lead after 30 minutes of play. Things didn’t improve much in the second half for the Wolverines, who returned the ball on their first two possessions after half-time and did not score again until late in the game.
Georgia entered the game with just 124 points (9.5 per game) all season, and they maintained that dominance by limiting Michigan to 11 points and 325 total yards, including 88 rushing yards on 27 carries. . The Wolverines were averaging 37.7 points per game (13th in FBS) with the 10th best rushing offense in the country (223.8 yards per game). The Bulldogs made seven tackles for loss in defense, including four on sacks as they continually pressured UM quarterbacks against Michigan’s stellar offensive line which entered the game nationally number one for the QB protection.
Strategist JJ McCarthy came in relief from Cade mcnamara and had 7 of 17 passes for 131 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown connection with the receiver Andrel Antoine in the fourth quarter. Tight end Eric All had four receptions for 63 yards, and linebacker Josh ross led the Michigan defense with 11 tackles (four solo).
Georgia wasted no time scoring the scoreboard, going 80 yards in seven games in the game’s opener to lead 7-0 at just 4:11 of the game. Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett hit a 4 of 4 pass for 67 yards during the run, which was capped by a nine-yard pass from Bennett to Brock Bowers. Jack Podlesny threw the extra point. Bowers also had a big 35-yard catch that brought the ball to Michigan’s 20-yard line.
Michigan switched to Georgia 41 on their first possession, but an incomplete pass in the fourth and fourth points returned the ball to the Bulldogs with 7:59 on the clock. James Cook’s 21-yard run hit Michigan’s 29 yards and a backhand pass from Kenny McIntosh found an Adonai Mitchell wide open in the end zone for 18 yards. Podlesny’s PAT took the Bulldogs to 14-0 with 4:41 left in the quarter.
Wolverines get their first try after McNamara’s six yards to receiver Daylen baldwin on the third and five before a sack, a deflected pass and another loss tackle forced a punt of 47 yards from Brad robbins.
Michigan’s announced defense appeared to gain some ground in Georgia’s third possession, as a defensive end Aidan Hutchinson tackled a two-yard tackle for the loss and the Wolverines stopped the Bulldogs in a long-distance third down situation. Georgia had three more points on the board with Podlesny’s 43-yard field goal which made it 17-0 with 12:26 left in the half.
The Wolverines responded with three points of their own, as the Lou Groza award winner Jake moody posted a 36-yard field goal to bring UM down to 17-3 with 7:19 on the clock. Practice covered 57 yards in nine plays, the biggest chunk coming from a 42-yard pass from McNamara to receiver. Romain Wilson on the right sideline to Georgia 19.
However, Georgia closed the half with two more goals scored and took a 27-3 lead into the half-time break. First, Bennett’s 53-yard completion to Cook on the third down moved the ball to Michigan’s 15-yard line and set up Podlesny’s 28-yard basket with 3:50 left in halftime. . Then Bennett found Jermaine Burton on the straight sideline for a 57-yard game with 1:38 to play.
Georgia racked up 330 yards of offense in the first half, including 252 in the air, while limiting Michigan to 101 yards, with just 29 rushing yards on 13 carries.
On first possession of the second half, Michigan moved the ball to Georgia’s 14-yard line, but came away scoreless after a penalty followed by an interception in the end zone. Shining points on practice included a 21-yard McNamara finish to All on third down and a 19-yard run around the right side backstroke. Hassan Haskins.
The Michigan defense pressured Georgia for their first three-and-out of the game and a 16-yard punt return from AJ Henning set up UM on his own 40 yard line. Despite a third consecutive turnover, this time on a fumble, UM managed to avoid further damage as Podlesny missed a field goal attempt from 45 yards. But with just 17 minutes to go, Michigan had made no progress in reducing the deficit.
Another big catch from McCarthy’s All scored 25 yards and gave the Wolverines a first try at Georgia 45, but UM ended up returning the ball to the downs. Georgia then completed their scoring, as Bennett found Cook on the left sideline for 39 yards to top off a 59-yard drive in six games. This gave the Bulldogs a 34-3 lead with 11:11 left in the game.
Michigan threatened on their next possession, as McCarthy found the receiver Cornelius Johnson for 11 meters, scrambled for 12 meters and connected with the ball carrier Donovan edwards for 43 yards to Georgia 8. But the drive ended when UM couldn’t convert to a fourth down.
After forcing a punt, the Wolverines finally found the end zone with 4:25 to go, as Anthony rigged his defender on the left sideline and found himself wide open to concede the throw from. McCarthy for a 35-yard touchdown. UM went successfully for two, with Henning entering one round to bring the score to the final 34-11. McCarthy set career records for completed passes (seven), attempts (17) and yards (131) on the night.
Michigan ends the season with a 12-2 overall record, marking the third 12-game winning season in program history. The Wolverines picked up victories over No. 2 Ohio State and No. 15 Iowa en route to the Big Ten Conference championship and securing their first place in the CFP.