Well, instead, his Gators were swung and hung and rung up.
UF (10-4) managed just 28 second-half yards, including two during the third quarter, as the Wolverines (10-3) stretched a 17-7 halftime led to 31-7.
“The road to success is always under construction, and we need to continue to recruit and develop, and continue to grow and elevate our football program”, Jones said.
The Fighting Irish had some good offensive moments behind DeShone Kizer, but couldn’t keep up with the Buckeyes. Peppers makes an enormous contribution in all three phases of the game for MI.
Friday against the Gators (10-4), the Wolverines had four rushers combine for more than 200 yards for the first time since October 10, when UM had 201 yards rushing in a 38-0 win over Northwestern, and thrashed a Florida defense that entered the game sixth in the nation in total defense (295.4 yards), finishing with 503 yards.
Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) looks for a receiver as he is pressured by MI defensive end Chris Wormley (43) during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. “We were sitting at 10-1, could have been in the playoffs if we played the right way in the last two games, but we didn’t come out and execute the plan, as Coach Mac would say”. Since Grier’s suspension, the Gators are averaging just 17.8 points and 299.2 yards of total offense per game. This time, however, things are different for MI.
“It’s a choice”, McElwain said. “That’s what it was”.
At this time past year, Doug Nussmeier was on his way out of MI.
“They took it to us up front”, McElwain said. They would prefer to script a more appropriate ending to what has been a feel-good season.
Losing that area of the game on both sides of the ball would be hard for any team to overcome, but with the struggles Florida’s offense has endured this season, it gave the Gators no chance to remain competitive. The Wolverines are 7-5 in those matchups….Florida is 2-3 in games played in Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium….The Gators are one of 10 teams in the nation to appear in a bowl game 14 of the past 15 seasons. The Gators were embarrassed by the Wolverines with a final score of 41-7, and sent the team’s seniors off in a way that none of them had envisioned. “We want to win that 11th game and then move on to next season”. “We’ve got a bunch of new guys coming in…The guys that are coming back (have) got to do a great job of indoctrinating the new guys into how we do it and our expectations”. De’Veon Smith rushed for 644 yards and six touchdowns.
Jehu Chesson played one of his best games of the season with 5 catches and 118-yards receiving and a touchdown.
“It was a case of getting your rump kicked in”, McElwain said. They’ve met just twice before, with MI taking both contests and the last in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, 41-35. I think the more and more you see in the all-star games and those types of things, you’re going to see kids that played with or against each other in high school.
The college football bowl season is upon us.
“You can never take your foot off the gas pedal”, McElwain said. “It really isn’t secret”.
“I went ahead and pulled out some old wishbone film”, McElwain said with a serious face.