Michigan LB calls out Alabama for last touchdown in Citrus Bowl
Alabama was already on its way to victory when Najee Harris scored on a 2-yard run with 26 seconds remaining in Wednesday’s Citrus Bowl.
The Crimson Tide were up 12 points prior to the score, which extended their lead to 35-16, the game’s final score. And the fact that the touchdown may not have been needed appeared to rub at least one Michigan player the wrong way.
“It was kind of a smack in the face,” Wolverines linebacker Cameron McGrone told the media after the game.
Harris’ touchdown put an exclamation point on a one-sided second half that went in Alabama’s favor. After trailing by two points at halftime, the Crimson Tide outscored the Wolverines, 21-0, in the second half to pull away for the victory.
That final score capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive for Alabama that lasted 5 minutes, 49 seconds. The Crimson Tide could have ran out the rest of the clock with a kneel down, but that was apparently never a consideration.
“No, pretty sure we just signaled it in,” Alabama tight end Miller Forristall told the media after the game. “And we were like, ‘All right, let’s go.’ We were ready to put it in the end zone.”
Alabama finished the season at 11-2 with the victory, while Michigan fell to 9-4.