Clausen leads Vols' rout of Michigan in Citrus BowlPosted: Tuesday January 01, 2002 4:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 01, 2002 6:28 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Clausen got Tennessee rolling and Michigan couldn't do anything to stop him.
Clausen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more Tuesday in No. 8 Tennessee's 45-17 win over the No. 17 Wolverines in the Citrus Bowl.
The Volunteers (11-2), who missed a chance to play in the Rose Bowl when they lost to LSU for the Southeastern Conference championship on Dec. 1, had not won a bowl since beating Florida State for the 1998 national title.
Clausen completed 26 of 34 passes for a career-high 393 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Kelley Washington. He also connected on a 64-yarder with Jason Witten. During one stretch in the second half, Clausen completed 10 straight passes.
Travis Stephens scored on a 3-yard run and Alex Walls had a 32-yard field goal to complete Michigan's worst bowl loss since Washington's 34-14 victory in the 1992 Rose Bowl.
The Wolverines (8-4), playing Tennessee for the first time, had trouble from the start and couldn't stop Clausen's arm or his receivers.
Tennessee rolled up 483 yards, the most Michigan allowed all season. The Wolverines had also not given up more than 26 points this year and saw their four-game winning streak in bowls end.
After Walls' field goal on its first drive, Tennessee picked up steam when Michigan fumbled. B.J. Askew picked up John Navarre's fumble, but then Askew fumbled and Tennessee's John Henderson recovered at the Michigan 28. Washington scored four plays later on a 3-yard pass from Clausen.
The Vols went ahead 17-0 just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Donte Stallworth made a diving catch at the Michigan 1, and Clausen kept it on the next play for the touchdown.
After Askew scored from 14 yards on a short pass from Navarre, Clausen led Tennessee to another touchdown. Stallworth caught an 11-yard pass at the Michigan 1, and Clausen took it in himself for a 24-7 lead.
By then, a comeback for Michigan looked unlikely.
After halftime, Clausen found Witten across the middle, and Witten ran 64 yards untouched for a 31-10 lead. Washington scored again when he caught a screen pass from Clausen and ran 37 yards into the end zone.
Jabari Greer set up Tennessee's final score when he intercepted Navarre's pass and returned it to the Michigan 3. Stephens' short run into the end zone followed.
Hayden Epstein kicked a 28-yard field goal and Navarre threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Bell.