Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from a ceremonious Rose Bowl win

On the grandest stage of them all, in overtime, Michigan football slayed the SEC beast that has had a stranglehold on the national scene for almost two decades.
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On the very first snap of the day, J.J. McCarthy threw, what was thought to be an interception. It got overturned and Michigan football eventually punted. They got the rock back and Semaj Morgan muffed a punt for the actual first turnover of the Rose Bowl. Alabama capitalized as Jase McClellan scampered 34 yards to break the ice on the scoreboard.

Michigan stormed back on a 10-play, 75-yard drive for six. McCarthy floated one to a wide-open Blake Corum for his first touchdown of the afternoon. The defenses took over for a while until the Wolverines retook the lead, but botched the snap to the holder. Alabama got three before the half to cut the deficit to 13-10.

The Tide regained control in the second by keeping the maize and blue scoreless until the lasting minutes of the final period. It was 20-13 thanks to a critical defensive stop by Michigan, who made its move from then on. Michigan went 75 yards in 3 minutes on a drive that will never be forgotten in Ann Arbor.

Roman Wilson somehow caught a tipped pass to set the Wolverines up for six. McCarthy flipped it to Wilson, who was open to tie it up. The Tide got the rock back and went three and out. Jake Thaw nearly fumbled a punt that would have given Alabama a surefire score. However, Michigan knelt the ball and overtime was enforced.

Corum scored his record setting touchdown to nab the lead again and the rest was history. Michigan's defense stuffed Jalen Milroe on fourth down and the celebration erupted from Pasadena to Ann Arbor. Henceforth Michigan football is on its way to Houston to play for its first national championship in 26 years.

Here are three of the takeaways.