The 1990’s & 2000’s under Lloyd Carr and Gary Moeller featured some outstanding wins and individual performances. I’m going to do my best to rank the top 5 individual bowl game performances.
5.) Chad Henne, 2008 Capital One Bowl
Henne had been injured for a large portion of the 2007 season but saved his best performance for last. Henne threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns sending out Lloyd Carr on a winning note over the heavily favored Florida Gators, led by Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow.
4.) Tie: Braylon Edwards, 2005 Rose Bowl & David Terrell, 2000 Orange Bowl
Terrell was named MVP of the 2000 Orange Bowl, catching ten passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-34 win over Alabama. Edwards caught ten passes for a 109 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-37 defeat vs. Texas.
3.) Tom Brady, 2000 Orange Bowl
This game foreshadowed what Brady would become in the NFL. Brady was 35/47 for 369 yards and four touchdowns, leading Michigan to their first and only BCS game victory under Lloyd Carr.
2.) Tyrone Wheatley, 1993 Rose Bowl
Wheatley only carried the ball fifteen times, but he put up some huge numbers, rushing for 235 yards (15.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Wheatley was named Rose Bowl MVP as the Wolverines defeated Washington 38-31
1.) Brian Griese, 1998 Rose Bowl
Griese did not have as an impressive of a game statistically as the others on this list, but played the best game of his career, in the biggest game in the modern era of Michigan football. Labeled as a “game manager” Griese cut it loose in the Rose Bowl. He went 18-30 for 251 yards and three touchdowns, leading his team to a national championship and being named Rose Bowl MVP.
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