Michigan's Bowl Game History
2003 Outback Bowl
Michigan vs Flolrida
Jan. 1, 2003
|Scoring by Quarter|
Michigan claimed a 38-30 victory in a back-and-forth affair against No 22 Florida in the 2003 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Tailback Chris Perry earned Outback Bowl MVP honors after setting a bowl game record and a modem era Michigan bowl record with four touchdowns. Perry matched his career high with 28 carries for 85 yards and four TDs, and added a career-best six receptions for 108 yards. Quarterback John Navarre completed 21-of-36 passes for a career-high 319 yards and one TD.
Defensively, Victor Hobson sealed the win for the Wolverines with his interception on Florida's final drive. Hobson tallied a career-best 12 tackles and two tackles for loss.
Michigan took advantage of a Florida turnover as Perry scored on a four-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. U-M gained possession at the Florida three-yard line after recovering an errant shotgun snap. Florida, however, answered to take a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter on a pair of TD nins by tailback Ernest Graham.
U-M took control of the game on a 12-play scoring drive as Perry leaped over the goal line on a fourth-down play from the one-yard line. The Gators regained the lead, 16-14, with 1:37 left in the first half as placekicker Matt Leach connected on a 29-yard field goal, but Michigan responded to take a 21-16 halftime advantage as Navarre completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bellamy with 27 seconds left.
Florida scored on its opening possession of the second half to gain a 23-21 lead. The Wolverines answered the Gators' TD and took the lead for good, 28-23, on a seven-yard TD run by Perry. U-M extended its lead to 35-23 as Perry scored his fourth TD of the game, a 12-yard run through the middle of the defense.
Florida trimmed the deficit to 35-30 with 8:21 remaining as Grossman fired a three-yard TD pass to tight end Aaron Walker.
On the Gator's next possession, a Hobson sack forced Florida to punt the ball away. U-M got the ball back at its 34-yard line and proceeded to put the game away as kicker Adam Finley connected on a 33-yard field goal for a 38-30 lead with 2:20 left.
The Gators attempted to mount one final drive to tic the game. After reaching the Wolverine 37-yard line, Florida tried a little trickery on a wide receiver reverse pass, but it was intercepted by Hobson and returned 42 yards to seal Michigan's victory.
|M||Perry 4-yard run (Finley kick)|
|F||Graham 2-yard run (Leach kick)|
|F||Graham 1-yard run (Carthon rush failed)|
|M||Perry 1-yard run (Finley kick)|
|F||Leach 29-yard field goal|
|M||Bellamy 8-yard pass from Navarre (Finley kick)|
|F||Ratliff 33-yard pass from Grossman (Leach kick)|
|M||Perry 7-yard run (Finley kick)|
|M||Perry 12-yard run (Finley kick)|
|F||Walker 3-yard pass from Grossman (Leach kick)|
|M||Finley 33-yard field goal|
|3/15||Third Down Conversions||5/14|
|32:39||Time of Possession||27:21|
|Rushing-- (M): Perry 28-85, Bellamy 2-20, Askew 2-9, Team 3+4), Navarre 2 (-6). fl: Graham 22-120, Carthon 6-56, Grossman 11 -23, Ratliff 2-7, Fason 1 -0, Team 1-(-23)|
|Passing-- (M): Navarre 36-21-0-319, Team 1-0-G-0. fl: Grossman 41-21-0-323 Brown 1-0-1-0.|
|Receiving-- (M): Perry 6-108, Joppru 6-80, Edwards 4-110, Bellamy 2-11, Askew 2-6, Gonzales 14. fl: Jacobs 7-88, Carthon 3-65, Kight 3-52, Small 3-37, Walker 2-11, Ratliff 1-33, Troupe 1-27, Green 1-10.|