Michigan's Bowl Game History
1994 Holiday Bowl

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Michigan vs Colorado State
San Diego, California
Dec. 30, 1994
Attendance: 59,453

Scoring by Quarter
Michigan 10 7 7 0 24
Colorado State 7 0 0 7 14


Michigan, who had taken its lumps on the defensive side of the ball during a 7-4 regular season, stuffed Colorado State when it recorded a 24 14 win at Jack Murphy Stadium that helped ease the sting of some painful late-season losses.

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CSU nearly mirrored the Wolverines in total yardage (341-340), but gained just 51 yards rushing against a Michigan defense that forced four turnovers and had a key goal-line stand in the second half.

U-M struck first on the game's opening drive on Todd Collins' four-yard TD pass to Amam Toomer with 8:51 left in the opening quarter The Rams took the ensuing kickoff and turned in a nine-play, 66-yard drive to tie the game, 7-7. The drive was culminated by Paul Turner's 32-yard TD reception.

All-American Remy Hamilton booted a 34-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter to put Michigan ahead 10-7. A blocked punt by freshman Chris Howard gave U-M the ball deep in Rams territory with less than two minutes left before halftime. Collins then connected with Mercury Hayes for a 16-yard TD strike to put U-M ahead 17-7 with 1:28 left in the half.

The Wolverines forced a turnover on CSU's first drive of the second half, taking over on the Rams' 17-yard line. Tyrone Wheatley made short work four plays later with a three-yard plunge into the endzone. That gave U-M a 7 lead with 11:58 left in the third quarter.

Midway through the third quarter, a 42-yard pass play helped CSU move the ball from its own 13-yard line to inside the Wolverine 10. A pair of pass interference calls against U-M gave the Rams seven plays to attempt to go eight yards into the endzone.

Four plays from the Michigan two-yard line turned up nothing for Colorado State, as a two-yard loss and incomplete pass on fourth down helped the Wolverines turn away the high-scoring Rains.

Michigan held a 24-7 advantage after three quarters and held that lead until 1:18 remained in the game. CSU finally cracked the stubborn U-M defense with an 18-yard TD pass by Anthony Hill to complete the scoring.

Collins threw for 162 yards (14-for-24) and two touchdowns, eaming the game's offensive MVP honors. The Michigan defense tallied 11 tackles for loss, driving the CSU offense back 61 yards.

First Quarter
M Toomer, four-yard pass from Collins (Hamilton kick)
CS Turner, 32-yard pass from (McDougal kick)
M Hamilton, 34-yard field goal
Second Quarter
M Hayes, 16-yard pass from Collins Hamilton kick)
Third Quarter
M Wheatley, three-yard run (Hamilton kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSU CSU Burkett, 18-yard pass from Hill (McDougal kick)

Game Statistics
Wolverines Rams
18 First Downs 20
179 Net Yards Rushing 52
162 Net Yards Passing 289
60 Total Plays 75
342 Total Yards 340
2/14/3 PA/PC/Int 40/22/2
5/28.0 Punts/Avg. 4/35.5
74 Return Yards 117
0/0 Fumbles/Lost 2/2
11/97 Penalties/Yards 8/72
Rushing-- (M): ): Wheatley 16-80; Biakabutuka 9-70; E. Davis 1-13; Howard 3-9; Hayes 1-8; Floyd 1-2; Collins 6-(-3). (CSU): Watson 17-47; Ward 1-8; Cam 1-4; Brown 3-(-3); Hill 14-(-5).
Passing-- (M): Collins 14-24-162. (CSU): Hill 22-40-289
Receiving-- (M): Toomer 5-63; Hayes 3-41; Foster 2-J12; Richards 2-20; Wheatley 1-5: Cooper 1-1. (CSU): Shull 3-101; Burkett 5-62: Turner 4-62; Olsen 3-29; Watson 6-23; Ward 1-12.