Michigan Drops Outback Bowl to South Carolina

Michigan had the Outback Bowl in their hands, up 16-3 in the 3rd quarter, driving in the redzone looking to up by 7 more. Then Karan Higdon fumbled the ball at the 4 yard line and South Carolina took over. While the ensuing drive didn't yield any points, you could feel it.

It was slipping.

The game was moving away from Michigan, much like countless games over recent years where Michigan just can't seem to put an opponent away when they have their foot on their heads. The momentum had shifted. Michigan was seemingly in control of the game, but not really "in control".

The momentum had shifted, and South Carolina took advantage of Michigan's miscues to score 23 unanswered points and take home the Outback Bowl trophy.

I could go over the minutiae, and I will, but for now, I just can't. We all saw what happened. Michigan was out-played, out-coached and out-hustled as the game wore on. Michigan needs to find a way to put teams away. Clearly, changes need to be made to the offensive staff. And as we've heard and all know, Michigan needs to get stronger.

It's going to be a long offseason.

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