Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took part in the Outback Bowl teleconference Sunday night, discussing the format of the College Football Playoff and more.
The Wolverines led the event at the end of each day, scoring 991.5 points and beating second-place Georgia by 158 points.
While the Wolverines once held a four-point lead themselves in the first quarter, Notre Dame peaked in the fourth, taking a 25-point lead to finish with an 83-63 victory.
Giving up only one set combined on the road, Michigan was led by strong starts, besting the Boilermakers on Wednesday and the Hoosiers on Friday.
But while the loss may be a crushing end for Stevens and his classmates, they have elevated the program to a new level of success that was not fathomable this time last year.
In the 31-team competition, fifth-year seniors and All-Americans Jamie Morrissey and Gina Sereno anchored the Wolverines, both finishing in the top-30 individually in the tight six-kilometer race.
A season filled with promise and accomplishment ended in dismay, as the 13th-seeded Wolverines surrendered a two-goal lead to Colgate and felt a sudden stop to its season with a 3-2 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament
The Wolverines conceded their first five matches of the day, which put them in an early 18-0 hole in the team score.
After handling the Spartans easily in the first set on its way to a 25-20 victory, Michigan won the second and third sets — but by much slimmer margins.
Michigan claimed six of the 10 matches with two of its losses being forfeits, ultimately defeating No. 6 Arizona State, 21-18.