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2008 Capital One Bowl

2008 Capital One Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 14 7 13 41
Florida 7 7 14 7 35
Date January 1, 2008
Season 2007
Stadium Florida Citrus Bowl
Location Orlando, Florida
MVP Chad Henne (Michigan QB)
Favorite Florida by 10½[1]
Halftime show Both school bands
Attendance 69,748
Payout US$4.25 million per team[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge
Nielsen ratings 9.13[3]
Capital One Bowl
 < 2007  2009

The 2008 Capital One Bowl was held on January 1, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game featured the University of Michigan Wolverines—who finished the 2007 season tied for second in the Big Ten Conference with an overall record of 8–4 (6–2 in the Big Ten)—and the #12 University of Florida Gators—who finished the 2007 season third in the Southeastern Conference's East Division with an overall record of 9–3 (5–3 in the SEC).

Pre-game buildup

This game was significant for several different reasons. It was the last game for the Michigan Wolverines' coach, Lloyd Carr, who had announced his retirement on November 19, 2007. During the game, Carr used a passing spread offense to attack on the first drive against Florida's defense. The game was also the last game for the Michigan senior class, who had lost each of their previous three bowl games. It was also an opportunity for Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators to play in front of a crowd of mostly Gator fans, as Orlando and Gainesville are separated by less than a two-hour drive.

Coming into this game, Florida was highly-favored to win. As Michigan had lost early in the season to Appalachian State and Oregon, teams who both employed a spread offense similar to Florida's, many predicted that Michigan would suffer a similar fate against Florida'. However, the Wolverines were able to generate 524 yards of offense in defeating the Gators, turning the ball over four times, twice within one yard of scoring.

This game was a bit of a grudge match because Florida coach, Urban Meyer had lobbied for his team to get into the BCS National Championship game over Michigan during the 2006 season.[4] Ultimately, Meyer's lobbying was successful and Florida went on to defeat Michigan's hated rivals Ohio State, 41–14, in the BCS National Championship Game. Previously, Michigan and Florida met four years earlier in the 2003 Outback Bowl, with Michigan defeating Florida, 38–30. Florida's loss makes them the second defending BCS Champion to lose a non-BCS bowl game a year later, the first being Florida's SEC rivals the LSU Tigers in the 2005 edition of this bowl game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Game summary

Michigan started the game at their own 6-yard line and put together a 94-yard opening drive. Michigan quarterback Chad Henne connected on a 21-yard pass to Mario Manningham to put Michigan up 7–0. Over the course of the game, Michigan turned the ball over four times (two fumbles and two interceptions), which resulted in two Florida touchdown drives. These two touchdowns eventually put the Gators ahead 35–31 with just under six minutes to play. The Wolverines regained the lead when Adrian Arrington caught a touchdown pass to make the score 38–35 in favor of Michigan. Florida got the ball back but could not convert on fourth down from their own 25-yard line. Michigan ran three straight plays that resulted in a K.C. Lopata field goal to make the score 41–35 with 2:20 remaining. On Florida's last possession, quarterback Tim Tebow failed to complete a pass on four consecutive downs. After knocking down Tebow's final pass, Michigan ran out the clock to clinch the win, 41–35. Chad Henne was named the game's MVP.

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MICH FLA
1 10:59 11 94 4:01 MICH Mario Manningham 21-yard touchdown reception from Chad Henne, K. C. Lopata kick good 7 0
1 2:37 7 59 3:04 FLA Percy Harvin 10-yard touchdown reception from Tim Tebow, Joey Ijjas kick good 7 7
2 14:48 3 29 0:56 FLA Andre Caldwell 18-yard touchdown reception from Tim Tebow, Joey Ijjas kick good 7 14
2 9:51 12 56 4:57 MICH Mike Hart 3-yard touchdown run, K. C. Lopata kick good 14 14
2 0:08 11 62 2:31 MICH Adrian Arrington 1-yard touchdown reception from Chad Henne, K. C. Lopata kick good 21 14
3 12:50 7 37 2:10 MICH Mike Hart 1-yard touchdown run, K. C. Lopata kick good 28 14
3 7:55 10 56 4:55 FLA Tim Tebow 1-yard touchdown run, Joey Ijjas kick good 28 21
3 1:26 8 80 3:11 FLA Andre Caldwell 14-yard touchdown reception from Tim Tebow, Joey Ijjas kick good 28 28
4 12:16 10 50 4:10 MICH 37-yard field goal by K. C. Lopata 31 28
4 5:49 5 34 2:30 FLA Percy Harvin 10-yard touchdown run, Joey Ijjas kick good 31 35
4 4:12 4 67 1:37 MICH Adrian Arrington 18-yard touchdown reception from Chad Henne, K. C. Lopata kick good 38 35
4 2:21 4 0 0:21 MICH 41-yard field goal by K. C. Lopata 41 35
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 41 35

Game statistics

Team statistics
Michigan Florida
1st Downs 28 28
Total Yards 524 399
Passing Yards 373 169
Rushing Yards 151 230
Penalties 8-65 9-49
3rd Down Conversions 10-15 2-11
4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-4
Turnovers 4 0
Time of Possession 32:18 27:42

Individual statistics

Michigan passing
Chad Henne 25/39 373 3 2
Michigan rushing
Cara Yds TD LGb
Mike Hart 32 129 2 23
Mario Manningham 7 53 0 23
Brandon Minor 1
0 0
Team 3
0 0
Chad Henne 4 24 0 0
Michigan receiving
Recc Yds TD LGb
Adrian Arrington 9 153 2 37
Mario Manningham 5 78 1 24
Carson Butler 1 65 0 65
Greg Mathews 7 62 0 18
Mike Hart 1 7 0 7
Junior Hemingway 1 4 0 4
Mark Moundros 1 4 0 4

*Completions/Attempts aCarries bLong play cReceptions

Florida passing
Tim Tebow 17/33 154 3 0
Chas Henry 1/1 15 0 0
Florida rushing
Cara Yds TD LGb
Percy Harvin 13 165 1 66
Tim Tebow 16 57 1 19
Kestahn Moore 2 9 0 7
Team 1
0 0
Florida receiving
Recc Yds TD LGb
Percy Harvin 9 77 1 20
Andre Caldwell 2 40 2 18
Aaron Hernandez 3 31 0 15
Cornelius Ingram 1 17 0 17
Louis Murphy 1 4 0 4

*Completions/Attempts aCarries bLong play cReceptions



  1. ^ World Features Syndicate via Long Beach Press-Telegram, Dec. 28, 2007
  2. ^ NCAA 2007-8 Bowl Schedules
  3. ^ Heuser, John (2008-01-15). "Capital One Bowl a hit on TV". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Capital One Bowl Box Score

External links

  • ESPN game summary
  • Summary at Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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