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  Anthony Thomas ran himself to the Citrus Bowl MVP for the second time. AP

Can't stop the Train

Thomas closes career with huge day as Michigan prevails

Michigan simply had too many offensive weapons for Auburn to stop. Led by bruising running back Anthony Thomas, who finished with 182 yards and two touchdowns, the Wolverines rolled past the Tigers 31-28 in the Citrus Bowl. Drew Henson and David Terrell chipped in with outstanding showings for the Wolverines, who survived despite allowing nearly 394 yards passing by Auburn QB Ben Leard.

Dec 31 Surprising Auburn meets hard-luck Michigan in Citrus
Dec 28 Terrell says NFL quotes came from uncle
Dec 25 Reports: Michigan WR Terrell to turn pro
Dec 21 Inside the Big Ten: Boilers' Stratton weighs options
Dec 21 Dye interested in vacant Georgia job
Dec 20 Animated Playbooks: Auburn Tigers vs Michigan Wolverines
Dec 19 Inside the SEC: League boasts of balance
Dec 18 Fargas leaves Michigan in search of playing time

Michigan   Auburn
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Record: 8-3, 6-2 Big Ten
Lloyd Carr (sixth season, 57-16)
Key players:
RB Anthony Thomas (1,551 yards, 16 TDs), WR David Terrell (994 yards, 13 TDs), QB Drew Henson (60.4 percent completions, 16 TDs)
Season summary:
The Wolverines fell short of their preseason Orange or Rose Bowl aspirations, but they did still share the Big Ten title. Their powerful offense can do you in both ways, either with the workhorse Thomas up the gut or with the impressive Henson spreading the field and finding playmakers like Terrell. Michigan's defense, however, has been the weakness, surrendering 28-10 leads in losses to both Purdue and Northwestern.
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Record: 9-3, 6-3 SEC
Tommy Tuberville (second season, 14-9; 47-31 overall)
Key players:
RB Rudi Johnson (1,567 yards, 13 TDs), QB Ben Leard (60.5 percent, 2,158 yards), LB Alex Lincoln (75 tackles)
Season summary:
The Tigers' return to prominence following two years of mediocrity can be traced almost entirely to the arrival of juco transfer Johnson. Suddenly one of the country's worst rushing teams a year ago was eating clock and dominating on the ground. The tradeoff, though, is Leard and WR Ronney Daniels have fallen off considerably from their '99 form. An easy schedule also helped the Tigers, who lost quite soundly in their biggest games, against Florida twice and Mississippi State.

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