The University of Michigan football team emerged victorious in a thrilling College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Alabama. The game, held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, ended in an overtime victory for Michigan, with a final score of 27-20.
In overtime, Michigan's running back Blake Corum quickly scored a touchdown, giving the Wolverines a 27-20 lead. Alabama, needing a scoring play to stay in the game, fell short of the goal line on fourth down, thanks to a tackle by U-M defensive lineman Josaiah Stewart.
The Wolverines showed resilience in the fourth quarter, down by seven points with just 4:41 remaining, they put together a crucial scoring drive to tie the game. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy threw a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roman Wilson, capping off an 75-yard drive.
Michigan's defense played a crucial role in the victory, recording six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, both season highs. Edge rusher Braiden McGregor led the charge with two sacks, while defensive back Quinten Johnson forced a fumble that was recovered by Josh Wallace.
On the offensive side, McCarthy had an impressive performance, throwing for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Corum contributed 118 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
The semifinal matchup opened with scoring drives from both teams, followed by a scoreless period with consecutive punts. McCarthy's touchdown pass to Tyler Morris gave Michigan a 13-10 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, both teams struggled to convert on third downs, resulting in a scoreless period. However, Alabama took the lead in the fourth quarter with a rushing touchdown.
Despite missing a field goal attempt, the Wolverines managed to tie the game and force overtime, where they ultimately secured the victory.
With this win, Michigan earned a spot in the CFP National Championship Game. They will face No. 2 Washington in a highly anticipated matchup at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Michigan's journey to the championship game has been filled with incredible moments and displays of determination. Fans and supporters are eagerly awaiting the upcoming game, which promises to be a thrilling clash between two top-ranked teams.
As Coach Norris at CFBReport.com, we will continue to provide in-depth analyses, game strategies, and player development tips as we follow Michigan's quest for the national title. Stay tuned for more updates and join us in celebrating the Wolverines' accomplishments thus far!