NCAA Game Summary - Michigan vs. Virginia Tech|
(Tuesday, January 3rd)
Final Score: (13) Michigan 23, (17) Virginia Tech 20 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Michigan benefited from a replay overturn
in overtime and survived Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, 23-20, on Brendan
Gibbons's 37-yard field goal.
The 17th-ranked Hokies (11-3) sent the game to overtime on Justin Myer's 25-
yard field goal on the last snap of regulation, and appeared to take the lead
in the extra session when Danny Coale made a diving one-handed catch in the
end zone on 3rd-and-5 from the 20-yard line.
But replay overturned Coale's catch along the sideline, and Myer, thrust into
the fire after Virginia Tech suspended two other kickers, was wide right on a
The 13th-ranked Wolverines (11-2) played conservative during their possession,
and Gibbons split the uprights to give Michigan its first BCS victory since
the 2000 Orange Bowl despite being outgained 377-184.
Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes to Junior Hemingway in the win,
though the dynamic quarterback completed just 9-of-21 throws for 117 yards and
an interception and was held to 13 yards on the ground.
"We're back. Michigan's back," said Hemingway, who was named the game's MVP
for his two touchdown catches. "[This game] shows everything. All the hard
work, all the fight, all the things that we've been through this season."
Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas tossed for 214 yards and an interception on 19-
of-28 throws and added 53 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Coale finished
with eight receptions for 117 yards, but will be remembered for a catch the
Trailing 17-9, Virginia Tech embarked on a 16-play, 61-yard trek that consumed
7 1/2 minutes and ended with Thomas' one-yard plunge over the goal line.
Marcus Davis came down with a jump ball over the middle for a two-point
conversion, tying the game with 10:22 on the clock.
Both teams failed to move the chains on their next drives, but Michigan
sniffed out a fake punt attempt to take over at the Virginia Tech 45-yard line
with 7:21 remaining.
A pair of first downs moved the ball into field goal range, and Gibbons got
enough behind a 39-yard kick.
The Hokies took over at their own nine with four minutes remaining, and five
Thomas completions covered 76 yards to reach the Michigan 8. But a false start
penalty on 3rd-and-2 pushed the ball back, and Jarrett Boykin was stopped two
yards short of a first down after catching a pass over the middle.
With five seconds left, Virginia Tech called a timeout, and Myer was true from
23 yards out to send the game to overtime.
Two short runs netted five yards before Coale ran a corner route towards the
left pylon. Thomas led his receiver a little too far, though Coale appeared to
get his left elbow down in bounds while bringing in the ball with one hand.
Officials saw otherwise on the replay, and the battle of BCS at-large teams
went Michigan's way after Gibbons's kick.
"From the two angles we saw, I guess we thought it was a touchdown," Thomas
said of the controversial reversal. "And we couldn't see any other way...but I
guess the official saw something."
Myer accounted for the only points in the first 29 minutes, making a 37-yarder
midway through the first quarter and tacking on a 43-yard kick in the opening
minute of the second.
Michigan got a spark when Thomas was stuffed on 4th-and-1 at the Wolverines'
four-yard line with 6:51 remaining in the half, then had its next drive
extended on a roughing the kicker penalty.
The Wolverines crossed midfield for the first time when Fitzgerald Toussaint
caught a 14-yard pass to reach the Virginia Tech 38-yard line. Robinson was
sacked for a seven-yard loss on the next snap, then was stopped for no gain.
Robinson was again pressured on third down, but bought enough time to lob a
prayer deep down the right sideline. Eddie Whitley was in position for an
interception but mistimed his jump. The result was Hemingway hauling in the
pass and going in untouched for a 45-yard TD with 49 seconds on the clock.
Virginia Tech, known for its terrific special teams, turned it over on the
ensuing kickoff as Tony Gregory lost a fumble at his own 26-yard line.
Michigan faked a field goal on fourth down seconds later, and caught a break
when offensive lineman Jareth Glanda caught a tipped pass to move the chains
after two Virginia Tech defenders collided going after the interception.
Vincent Smith was knocked out of bounds at the one-yard line following a
seven-yard reception, bringing out Gibbons for a 24-yard field goal and a 10-6
Frank Clark picked off a Thomas screen pass early in the third quarter, and
Michigan took over at the Hokies' 35. A defensive pass interference penalty
negated an interception two plays later, and on the next play, Hemingway got
one foot inbounds for an 18-yard catch in the back of the end zone.
Myer cut the deficit to 17-9 with a 36-yard field goal with 4:48 remaining in
the third quarter.
Virginia Tech suspended starting kicker Cody Journell last week after his
arrest on felony breaking-and-entering charges. Backup Tyler Weiss was sent
home before the game for missing a curfew...Myer missed his only two field
goal attempts during the regular season...The Hokies were looking for the
first 12-win season in program history...Virginia Tech has lost three of their
four appearances in the Sugar Bowl...The Big Ten improved 4-6 in bowl games
this season...Brady Hoke became the third head coach to lead his team to a BCS
bowl win in his first season at the helm.
01/04 01:35:23 ET