Michigan Gives Carr A Winning Send-off
by Mike Mitchell
January 1, 2008
The Capital One Bowl provided a huge upset against the odds as 10-point underdog Michigan gave retiring head coach Lloyd Carr a winning send-off with a 41-35 victory over the defending national champion Florida Gators.
Carr formally announced his retirement from Michigan on November 19. The 62-year old Carr spent 13 seasons with the school, compiling a record of 122-40. His teams captured two outright Big Ten titles and shared three others. Michigan was voted No. 1 by the AP at the end of the 1997 season, but shared the national title with Nebraska which was voted No. 1 by the coaches.
Rich Rodriguez was formally introduced as the new head coach at Michigan on December 17, effective January 2nd.
Michigan was 6-7 in bowl games under Carr after snapping a four-game bowl losing streak with its win over Florida..
Chad Henne threw for 373 yards and 3 Wolverine TD's, while running back Mike Hart collected 129 yards and two scores and overcame two rare fumbles.
Florida QB Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner, threw for 154 yards and 3 scores, and tacked on 57 yards rushing and another touchdown.
Both teams finished the season 9-4.
The game had four lead changes and three ties. Surprising were the facts that Michigan turned the ball over four times while Florida had zero, and the Wolverines amassed a team total of 543 yards despite entering the game as the nation's 74th-best offense.
Florida head coach Urban Meyer lost a bowl game for the first time ever (4-1).