A News Sports — 01 January 2016

With a balanced attack and signature defense, the Michigan Wolverines beat the Florida Gators 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl, evening up the bowl season W/L column with the Big 10 and SEC at 4-2.

Quarterback Jake Ruddock lead the Wolverines with 20/31 for 278 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, hitting his favored receiver, Jehu Chesson five times for 118 yards and a touchdown. He became only the second quarterback in Michigan history to record the 3,000 passing yards in a single season.

Running back De’Veon Smith ran 25 times for 109 yards, while Drake Johnson and Sione Houma each had carries for touchdowns.  The offense scored on seven of their first eight possessions.

Michigan’s defense held Treon Harris to 8/21 and 146 yards in the air, and 11 carries for 55 yards. Florida’s lone touchdown came in the first quarter on a trick play, which Harris caught.

Jim Harbaugh’s first bowl game at the helm of his alma mater, was outstanding.  His Wolverines were favored by 4, and his star quarterback was coming off of a shoulder injury. The victory pushed the program to a 10-win season, ending 10-3.

Michigan scored in each quarter racking up 7, 10, 14 and 10 points in each quarter respectively. Their offense only punted the ball once, which Kenny Allen launched for 57 yards.  Allen was also 2/2 in field goals and 5/5 in extra points.

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  1. In the opener, Scott carried the ball six times on an eight-play drive in the fourth quarter that helped chew up clock and provide some breathing room against the upset-minded Western Michigan team. The Hubbard, Ohio, native managed to win the trust of his head coach and of his teammates before they took the field for their first game, which put him in position to shine in crunch time this year.