Dec. 29, 2013
Shane Morris became the third true freshmen quarterback to start a bowl game for the Wolverines. He joins fellow lefty Rick Leach (1976 Orange Bowl) and Chad Henne (2005 Rose Bowl) as the only rookie signal-callers to lead the Wolverines in a bowl game.
Morris became the first U-M quarterback to make his starting debut in a bowl game.
Morris completed 24-of-38 passes for 196 yards and carried the ball four times for 43 yards, including a career-best 40-yard run in the fourth quarter. He completed passes to nine different receivers in the contest.
Morris led the Wolverines to a field goal on the first possession, completing his first three passes for 44 yards before throwing two incomplete passes in the end zone. He completed 15-of-19 passes for 121 yards in the first half.
Senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon set the Michigan single-season record for receiving yards with an 89-yard output against Kansas State. He finished the season with a school-record 1,373 receiving yards, surpassing Braylon Edwards' previous program record (1,330 yards, 2004).
With his first reception of the game, Gallon set the Michigan record for consecutive games with a catch. Gallon caught at least one pass in the final 39 games of his career. He hauled in five or more catches in his final eight games as a Wolverine.
After recording a team-high nine receptions against the Wildcats, Gallon moved to third among Michigan's all-time career reception leaders with 173 receptions, passing Jason Avant (169, 2002-05).
Gallon and sophomore tight end Devin Funchess combined for 2,121 receiving yards in 2013 to become the top single-season receiving tandem in program history, surpassing Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington (2,056 yards in 2007).
Offensive lineman Taylor Lewan played the final game of his two-time All-America career in his home state of Arizona. It was his 41st consecutive start at left tackle and the 48th starting assignment in Lewan's career.
Junior kicker Matt Wile converted a career-high two field goals against Kansas State. He converted from 22 and 26 yards. Wile also made two tackles on kickoff coverage.
Senior safety Thomas Gordon led the defense with nine tackles against the Wildcats. He also led the team with five stops in the first half.
Michigan collected two sacks in the contest. Senior linebacker Cameron Gordon picked up his fifth sack of the season in the third quarter, and sophomore linebacker Joe Bolden posted the third sack of his career early in the fourth stanza.
Sophomore linebacker Mario Ojemudia recovered the game's only miscue, a Kansas State fumble late in the third quarter. It was the first turnover gained this season by Ojemudia. He contributed two turnovers last season, an interception at Nebraska and a fumble recovery vs. Illinois.
Junior/sophomore tailback Justice Hayes made his first career start in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. He made a career-high three receptions for 22 yards.
Sophomore fullback Sione Houma hauled in his second career reception in the second quarter.
Tonight's crowd of 53,284 fans is the third largest in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl history.
With the setback in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Michigan has compiled a 1-1 record in bowl games played at Sun Devil Stadium. The previous game was a victory over Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.
Seven Wolverine players started all 13 games in 2013: fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan, junior/sophomore center Graham Glasgow, fifth-year senior right tackle Michael Schofield, junior defensive end Frank Clark, senior defensive tackle Jibreel Black and junior linebacker Desmond Morgan.
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