Tom Brady led Michigan to improbable come-from-behind overtime victory in epic 2000 Orange Bowl encounter

Michigan are officially one game away from college football immortality.

The No.1 Wolverines face the No.2 Washington Huskies in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game – the showpiece event of the NCAA Division I Football season.

Tom Brady was part of the last Wolverines team to win a national title
Tom Brady was part of the last Wolverines team to win a national titleCredit: Getty
The top-seeded Wolverines (14-0) punched their ticket to the championship game after overcoming the Alabama Crimson Tide 27-20 in overtime in the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

It means they are within touching distance of their 10th national title and first since 1997.

Lloyd Carr’s team went undefeated that season, with future NFL quarterback Brian Griese and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson leading them to victory in the Rose Bowl and a share of the championship.

Back then the Wolverines had a certain Tom Brady on their roster, but the budding quarterback was largely restricted to a backup role and limited minutes.

The future NFL GOAT struggled with “frustration” and “anxiety” during his early college years, and it wasn’t until he was introduced to ‘Michigan’s Secret Weapon’ that he unlocked his full potential.

However, the eventual New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB came into his own during the 1998 and 1999 seasons when he became a regular starter.

The 2000 Orange Bowl, at the end of the 1999 season, would be the stage for Brady’s college crowning glory as he led the Wolverines to an improbable come-from-behind overtime victory against the Crimson Tide.

No.8 Michigan entered the game on New Year’s Day in 2000 with a 9-2 record while SEC champion and No.5 Alabama were 10-2.

Alabama led 14-0 in the second quarter but a pair of Brady touchdown passes evened things up in the third.

The Crimson Tide took another 14-point lead in the second half but Brady was not to be denied.

He threw a 20-yard TD pass to wide receiver David Terrell while Anthony Thomas scored a game-tying TD to send the game to overtime.

Brady then made the game-winning score in OT on a bootleg to tight end Shawn Thompson.

Alabama responded with a touchdown of their own but Ryan Plugner missed the extra point which gave the Wolverines a thrilling 35-34 comeback victory.

In what turned out to be Brady’s final collegiate game, he threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns while overcoming two separate 14-point deficits.

It was a remarkable end to a topsy-turvy college football career.

Brady finished college with 4,773 passing yards, 30 TDs and 17 interceptions and headed into the 2000 NFL Draft with two impressive Bowl victories under his belt (after also winning the 1999 Citrus Bowl).