Michigan Football: 5 things we learned from Peach Bowl loss to Florida

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The Michigan football season ended with a thud for the Wolverines in the Peach Bowl, going down 41-15. Here are five things we learned from the loss to Florida.

When the Peach Bowl was first announced between Michigan football and Florida, one concern for the Wolverines was motivation. The team that is more motivated generally wins bowl games and it was clear that Saturday in Atlanta, Florida was the more motivated team.

As disappointing as the 23-point loss to Ohio State was, the 26-point defeat at the hands of Florida was even worse. Consider that in the third quarter, it was 13-10 and Michigan football was driving for the tying or go-ahead score.

Then, Shea Patterson made a bad decision and a bad throw. He threw a costly interception that Florida returned all the way into Wolverines territory.

An end around by the Gators on 4th-and-1 set up a touchdown. 20-10. When Michigan football faced its own 4th-and-1, it ran its fullback and couldn’t get six inches. Florida runs an end around and gets a touchdown a few plays later.

Tarik Black dropped a touchdown that could have made it 27-17 following another Florida score. However, he dropped it, just like Christian Turner couldn’t stay in bounds on his first-quarter run –a touchdown that was called back cause he was out of bounds.

Then, UM gave up a 53-yard touchdown on a draw play on 3rd-and-20 in the fourth, a play in which Florida was just looking to punt. A pick-six by Shea Patterson was the cherry on top of a second-half nightmare.

It’s a bad look for all involved and there are five things we learned in the Peach Bowl loss from a Michigan football perspective.