Rose Bowl updates: No. 1 Michigan, No. 4 Alabama in OT

Location: Pasadena

Date: 5 p.m. ET, Jan. 1

TV: ESPN

Line: Michigan -2.5

Total: 45.5

What’s on the line

Michigan: The Wolverines are in the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season but are still looking for their first win in the four-team playoff era. Michigan lost to Georgia in the Orange Bowl in 2021 and fell to TCU a year ago in the Fiesta Bowl.

Michigan is also looking for its first national title since the 1997 season and just its second since 1948.

Alabama: Nick Saban’s team has been the most successful of the four-team playoff era. Alabama has missed the playoff just twice over the past decade and has won all but one of its semifinal games. That loss came in the first playoff at the end of the 2014 season when No. 4 Ohio State upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Since then, Alabama is 6-0 in semifinal games as it looks for its fourth national title in the playoff era.

Live38 updates

  • Rose Bowl heading to overtime!

    Michigan absorbs a near-disaster in the final seconds and we’re going to OT.

  • Alabama punts it away and the Michigan returner drops the ball near his own goal line! The Wolverines recover it but they’ll be doing everything they can to avoid the safety here late.

  • Touchdown Michigan!

    It’s tied up at 20 as McCarthy hits Roman Wilson on a short pass to notch things. Wilson also had a clutch catch on a tipped pass earlier in the Wolverines’ drive.

  • A deep pass from McCarthy to Roman Wilson puts the ball down to the Alabama 5-yard line. Just under 2 minutes left in the game.

  • Michigan breaks one deep!

    The Wolverines went for it on fourth down and JJ McCarthy found Blake Corum on the edge for a deep pass play. A penalty takes some yardage back but Michigan is still in business.

  • Just under 5 minutes left. Michigan has the ball back at its own 25.

  • Alabama makes field goal, extends lead to 7

    The Tide had worked their way well into Michigan territory but a deep sack forced a 52-yard FG attempt by Will Reichard, which the savvy vet curled right through the uprights.

  • The Tide are grinding their way down the field and nearing Michigan’s red zone. Just over 7 minutes left to play in this one.

  • Michigan misses field goal

    The Wolverines could’ve cut the lead to one point after the turnover but James Turner’s 49-yard field goal sails wide left.

  • Fumble Alabama!

    Michigan gets it back as Jalen Milroe drops it while scrambling and the Wolverines pounce on the loose ball. Game on!

  • Touchdown Alabama!

    One play after Jalen Milroe plowed through Michigan’s defense for a big run, Jase McClellan runs around the end for a short touchdown to give Alabama the lead.

  • End of 3rd quarter: Michigan 13, Alabama 10

    The Tide are driving and in range to at least tie things up at the Rose Bowl.

  • Jalen Milroe is now getting involved in the running game and it’s paying dividends for the Tide. Alabama is nearing the Michigan red zone.

  • Alabama gets it back with great field position at its own 45-yard line. The Tide still haven’t pieced together a respectable drive against the Wolverines; their only touchdown of the game came after a muffed punt by Michigan.

  • Michigan has taken over at its own 11-yard line. Both offenses still struggling a bit to gain momentum.

  • Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan

    Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan

  • The Wolverines weren’t able to do much with their first possession of the second half and will punt it back to Alabama.

  • How the quarterbacks fared in the first half

  • Two consecutive bad snaps put Alabama in a massive hole on its opening drive of the second half and the Tide will punt it to Michigan.

  • We are back for the second half and Alabama will have the ball first.

  • Halftime: Michigan 13, Alabama 10

  • Alabama settles for a field goal just before the half. Michigan will have a three-point lead heading into the break.

  • Touchdown Michigan!

    Michigan is bringing out the tricky stuff. Two plays after JJ McCarthy finds Roman Wilson on a double pass, the QB hits Tyler Morris on a 38-yard catch-and-run to take a 14-7 lead. (Extra point is no good.)

  • The two teams have traded punts now as the game slows to a crawl. There’s just over 7 minutes left in the first half.

  • Michigan’s defense is just punishing Alabama’s offensive line and QB Jalen Milroe. Four sacks already and the Tide are punting it back to the Wolverines.

  • End of the 1st quarter: Alabama 7, Michigan 7

    Michigan is punting the ball back to Alabama.

  • Alabama’s punter was hit while following through on his kick and was slow getting off the field. No call on the field.

  • Alabama’s ensuing drive doesn’t go anywhere and the Tide punt it to Michigan, which will have it back at its own 19-yard line. No muff this time.

  • Touchdown Michigan!

    The Wolverines answer right back with a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped off with an 8-yard TD pass from JJ McCarthy to Blake Corum.

  • Touchdown Alabama!

    Alabama’s Jase McClellan sprints right through the Michigan defense for a 34-yard TD run.

  • Michigan muffs punt!

    Alabama wasn’t able to do anything with its possession but Michigan’s Semaj Morgan fumbled the punt return and the Tide has it back in plus territory.

  • Michigan ends up punting it away after the overturned call. Alabama will have it at its own 37.

  • Michigan’s JJ McCarthy just made a massive mistake, appearing to throw an interception on the first play of the game. But the Alabama defender was out of bounds just before he nabbed the pick.

  • We are underway at the Rose Bowl! Michigan will start with the ball.

  • While we wait for the action to begin, here’s some reading material for the game:

  • Can Michigan finally get over the hump and win a playoff game against CFP stalwart Alabama?

  • Good afternoon and happy New Year folks! Welcome to our Rose Bowl live blog.

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