Michigan and Virginia Tech went into overtime before Brandon Gibbons made a field goal after VT missed theirs to win the game 23-20.
The first half of the Sugar Bowl will go down in history as one of the weirdest 2nd quarters of football I’ve ever seen; also the first game ever between the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech.
The first quarter only saw Michigan with 3:59 of ball possession and an inability to get anything started. Fitzgerald Toussaint was rarely used and center David Molk didn’t start the game because he hurt his foot in warm ups. Not having him playing in the first series was disastrous for the Wolverines because Denard fumbled snaps on downs number two and three of the series leading to an early three and out.
Virginia Tech scored their first FG of the game after running back David Wilson was forced into a 22 yard loss by the Michigan defense after turning to reverse the field, running the wrong way, and being tackled by Jake Ryan.
Michigan ended up giving VT several 3rd and long opportunities and the Hokies capitalized on 3 out of 4 of them in the first quarter. Denard Robinson also threw an interception. Molk did return to the game in the second series and the snaps got better, but the offense was missing blocks left and right!
To begin the second quarter, Hokie third string place kicker, Justin Myer scored his second FG of the night to give VT a 6-0 lead.
After making the kick, he proceeded to send his kickoff out of bounds giving Michigan the ball on their 35 yard line. Michigan can do nothing with the good field position and kick the ball back to VT.
VT moved the ball downfield swiftly then got hung up inside the Michigan 10 yard line. Eventually they give the ball over to the Wolverines on downs.
Michigan was able to record a couple first downs with the help of Toussaint and Robinson, but eventually was forced to punt again. This time, the Hokies ran into punter and were hit with a roughing the kicker personal foul giving Michigan the ball back.
Robinson was able to sneak out of what should have been a sack and air the ball out to Junior Hemingway who was able to score a 45 yard touchdown. Just like that, the Michigan football team turned the game around to lead 7-6.
It didn’t end there, however. With 49 seconds left, Virginia Tech fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Michigan recovered.
Brandon Gibbons came onto the field for the field goal attempt, but he and holder Drew Dileo seemed to have other plans. Dileo ended up throwing the ball into the air and it was batted down by a Hokie before being caught by the Michigan long snapper, Jareth Glanda. Michigan ended up with first and goal, but ran out of time and had to settle for a field goal.
Halftime Michigan leading 10-6.
First Michigan possession of the second half looked to be over when Robinson threw an interception. That interception was reviewed and ruled an incomplete pass because the cornerback did not have complete possession of the ball. On the next play, VT put 7 guys in the box and Michigan was unable to protect to Denard so they were forced to punt.
On the first play of the next series, Michigan defender Frank Clark got in the way of a Hokie throw and intercepted it!
Denard then threw another interception, which was then called back because of defensive pass interference, so Michigan didn’t lose the ball!
Denard literally put a ball in the air that looked like a 500 dead or alive ball to Junior Hemingway in the back of the end zone. Hemingway was able to get a hold of it and get one foot in bounds before he fell backwards out of the end zone.
Michigan 17 – Virginia Tech 6, 9:43 Third Quarter
Myers hits another field goal to give VT 9 points with 6 minutes remaining in the third period.
Michigan punted the ball back to VT who put together a seven minute drive that resulted in a touchdown of their quarterback Logan Thomas’ run and then a game tying 2 point conversion.
Michigan 17 – Virginia Tech 17, 10:22 4th Quarter
When Michigan got the ball back, the Hokies held them to another three and out. Denard has had 11 carries this game and has run of 0 yards!
The Hokies were moving the ball well on the next possession before getting stuck at 4th and 1 just over mid field. They chose a trick play with their punter who was instead tackled and looked a bit lost carrying the football in his arms.
Michigan was given the ball on downs and good field position and they were able to get a first down with running from Robinson! Michigan ends up scoring a field goal.
Michigan 20 – Virginia Tech 17, 4:00 4th Quarter
Michigan was able to stick VT deep in their zone (8 yard line) after a holding penalty on the kick off. That didn’t seem to do much good since VT was able to move the ball well down the field. A couple times the corners were a split second from preventing the passes from being caught, but VT was able to keep moving the ball.
Justin Myer had a 25 yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds to go in the game when Brady Hoke tried to ice him with a timeout. And he made it so we’re going to overtime!
Michigan 20 – Virginia Tech 20, End of Regulation
Virginia Tech had the first possession. And holy cow Danny Coale came up huge again with the touchdown pass from 20 yards out. He caught it with his right hand and landed on top of the ball, knocking the wind out of him in the corner of the end zone. The play went to review and it was said by the referee that the receiver did not maintain control of the ball.
And then Myer, the third string kicker, missed the field goal to the right…pushing it to the right.
Michigan got their turn with the ball and ran three plays up the middle to set up Brendon Gibbons with the field goal attempt from 37 yards. The Hokies took a timeout to try an ice Gibbons.
Icing him did not work because he blasted it through the middle of the uprights to give them the win!
The Michigan fan in me was very happy they won, but it was obvious that this game was dominated by the Hokies. And I believed that catch by Coale was a catch and touchdown! This was not how I imagine the game to end. Even Coach Hoke thought “It was good!”
Congratulations to both teams! The University of Michigan football team is your 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl Champions. Brady Hoke goes 11-2 in his first year as Head Coach.
Junior Hemingway was named MVP of the game with his 2 touchdowns! Denard finished 9-21 for 117 yards, 1 TD, 1 InT.
Random Fact: Tom Wilson, who presented the trophy to Brady Hoke, is a Michigan Alum!!
Those who stay will be champions!-Bo
Bo was with the team today as always inspring them with his lasting messages. These seniors have been through the ringer, but they stayed! And now they celebrate by singing “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine” and “Pour some sugar on me!”
Team 132 is the 5th team to win 11 games in a season!