The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend’s stats that don’t show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr’s demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans’ game performance.
Defense-o-meter: 3/4 Crables
Yes, they the defense allowed 35 points. Yes, it didn’t manage to stop Heisman-Trophy winner Tim Tebow or wide receiver Percy Harvin, who had more than 200 total yards. But the Wolverines introduced just enough new wrinkles into their defensive gameplan to slow the Gators when it mattered and made stops when they needed to.
Carr-o-meter: 4/4 Lloyd Carrs
Carr was clearly emotional in the press conference, coming straight after his final postgame speech to his football team. He discussed how much he will miss the job and his close relationship with the Wolverine players. Most of the questions didn’t concern the game, and Carr seemed ready to finally look back on his career and allow some nostalgic moments. For everybody in the room, Tuesday’s press conference was one to remember.
Hypemeter: 3/4 Big Houses
The Capital One Bowl, played in Orlando just more than 100 miles from Gainesville, functioned as a home game for Florida. But the Wolverine fans still represented strongly and most appeared to stick around even through the postgame celebration and trophy presentation.