Friday, December 31, 2010
Gator Bowl: Did you know?
By Chris Low
A little bit of this and a little bit of that heading into Saturday's Progressive Gator Bowl between Michigan and Mississippi State:
- Michigan has a 20-5-1 all-time record against current SEC schools and is 7-3 in bowl games. The Wolverines' last appearance against an SEC opponent in a bowl game came in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, a 41-35 victory against No. 12 Florida in Lloyd Carr’s final game as Michigan's head coach.
- Mississippi State's defense had its problems late in the season when it came to giving up big plays. The Bulldogs gave up 14 plays of 20 yards or longer in their last three games, including five of 45 yards or longer.
- Michigan had 60 plays of 20 yards or longer this season, which included 10 touchdown plays of 45 yards or longer.
- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson became the first quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in the same season.
- Robinson has thrown four touchdown passes and four interceptions this season against nationally ranked teams. Against unranked teams, he's thrown 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
- Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard has 16 rushing touchdowns this season, which ties the school record held by Jackie Parker set back in 1952.
- The Bulldogs are playing in their first Jan. 1 bowl game since the 1998 season when they played in the Cotton Bowl.
- The Wolverines are ranked 102nd nationally in scoring defense, allowing 33.8 points per game. They gave up 65 points to Illinois in a 67-65 triple-overtime win over the Illini.
- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is 2-10 against Top 25 teams at Michigan.