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QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:27 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 12:27 am
 


Posted by Tom Fornelli


MICHIGAN WON. I'm not sure how they did it even though I saw it with my own eyes, but the Michigan Wolverines won the Sugar Bowl 23-20 over Virginia Tech in overtime on Tuesday night. The Wolverines seemed lifeless for the first 29 minutes of the game, but the Hokies were only able to put 6 points on the board in that time despite outgaining the Wolverines 181 yards to 81 yards until that point. But then Denard Robinson unleashed a pass down the right sideline that seemed destined for the hands of a Hokie, yet Junior Hemingway pulled it in for a 45-yard touchdown pass -- one of Hemingway's two touchdown catches on the evening.

Then the silly began. Virginia Tech fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and a few plays later Michigan tried one of the worst fake field goals that ever worked in the history of organized football, as holder Drew Dileo's pass was deflected before landing in the arms of offensive lineman Jareth Glanda for a first down. After that the Wolverines tacked on a field goal to take a 10-6 lead into the locker room even though they'd been completely out played for 29 minutes and 11 seconds.

Virginia Tech would continue to outplay Michigan in the second half, battling back to tie the game in the closing seconds on a Justin Myer field goal -- Myer being the Hokies third-string kicker -- to send the game into overtime. Unfortunately for the Hokies, after making his first four kicks of the night, Myer would miss on his fifth attempt in overtime.

A few plays later Brendan Gibbons' 37-yard field goal went through the uprights to give Michigan the win.

HOW MICHIGAN WON. This is not an easy question to answer. The Wolverines were outgained by the Hokies 377 to 184. Denard Robinson completed only 9 of 21 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 13 yards on 13 carries, the lowest rushing output of his career. But if there was a reason for Michigan to win this game, it was because Virginia Tech didn't take full advantage of its early chances.

Yes, the Hokies dominated the first half, but even then Tech could only manage 2 field goals and a 6-0 lead. Then there was the ill-advised fake punt out of a timeout in the fourth quarter that set Michigan up with great field position for a field goal that gave them a 20-17 lead at the time. 

There were also 3 Virginia Tech turnovers. Perhaps none bigger than the fumble following Michigan's first score of the game, as it seemed to completely shift the momentum to Michigan's sideline.

WHEN MICHIGAN WON. Not until Gibbons' 37-yard field goal split the uprights in the overtime.

WHAT MICHIGAN WON. A BCS bowl game, which, given the direction Michigan fans had seen this program going in the last few years under Rich Rodriguez, has to feel like somewhat of a minor miracle. The turnaround in this team, particularly on defense, was quicker than any reasonable expectation, and the Wolverines have their first BCS win since the 2000 Orange Bowl. Brady Hoke, Al Borges and Greg Mattison deserve a lot of credit in Ann Arbor.

WHAT VIRGINIA TECH LOST. There were plenty of people who said that Virginia Tech didn't deserve to play in this game ahead of some programs like Kansas State or Boise State. It's certainly reasonable to agree with that assessment, but not because of the way the Hokies played on Tuesday night. Virginia Tech outplayed the Wolverines everywhere but on the scoreboard. That said, it's the Hokies fifth consecutive loss in a BCS bowl game, not picking up a victory since winning the Sugar Bowl in 1995.

THAT WAS CRAZY. The fake field goal that shouldn't have worked yet worked to set up the Michigan field goal at the end of the first half was just hard to explain. So much went wrong on that play for it to work out so well for the Wolverines, but anytime an offensive lineman can get a big reception, I'm all for it.

GRADE: C+. Much like the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, the Sugar Bowl was a close game that came down to the last few moments. Unlike those other two bowl games, it wasn't because two teams were playing to the best of their abilities and matching up well with one another. This game was only close because neither team was capable of taking control of it, despite numerous opportunities to do so. So while it may have been close it wasn't great.
Comments

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:02 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

you are right it was cincy, i also was a member of the 2008 team where we played kansas...i got mixed up with each team, but the fact is the writer got his facts wrong...and you are also right, that was definately a touchdown and the ref had no indisputable evidence



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:57 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

I was a member of the 2009 Virginia Tech football team that won the Orange Bowl, which in fact is a BCS Bowl.

If you were actually a memeber of that team wouldn't remember beating Cincy 20-7 not KU which you actually lost to in 2008?

Teres Minor:

The replay calls were correct.  The interception and TD pass that were called back were both the correct call.
The interception was correct. The overturned TD pass was terrible, the receiver landed inbounds with possession. I did not see the ball the touch the ground or move. Look up the definition of indisputable to learn how you are wrong.

Both teams proved they deserved to be there over overrated Boise State and almost-ready-for-prime-time KSU.
Incorrect. Two mediocre at best teams playing an ugly and mistake filled game does not prove that both deserve to be in the game. BSU and KSU would have beaten either team by multiple scores.

Bowl organizers choose the teams that will bring in the most money.  Michigan and VT were both very good choices.
You are correct that bowl organizers attempt to bring in teams that generate the most money. However only Michigan was a good choice (1st BCS game in a while, large fanbase) and still questionable at best. Both BSU and KSU travel extremely well and would have sold out the game and not had 12,000 empty seats (hell KSU sold out its bowl package BEFORE they knew where they were going). BSU has a national rep as David/little guy and many fans would have tuned in to watch them against any opponent (even Va Tech). KSU was picked to finish 8th in the Big 12 and finished with 10 wins with nearly games being close (excellent story network can play up).

Picking teams that leave 12,000 empty seats (3rd lowest attendence ever) is not a wise business decision. Also the negative PR that followed the selection of Va Tech is not good for business either. Furthermore there is a reason the Cotton Bowl is the 2nd hardest ticket to get besides the national title game and Sugar bowl had empty seats. Weak match up with teams that don't really deserve to be there.






Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:32 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

Maybe you should get your facts straight also buddy. I was a member of the 2009 Virginia Tech football team that won the Orange Bowl, which in fact is a BCS Bowl. So it hasn't been 17 years, it's been 3. Learn your facts bro before you speak, you never want to bite your tongue, it takes away from your credibility. 



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:27 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

I think everyone realizes that the SEC runner-up is playing in the BCS championship game.  Arkansas would then probably be the 3rd team to come out of the league, and then Georgia.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:25 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

For all of the Big Ten bashers, the top 3 teams (Wisconsin, MSU, Michigan) in the Big Ten were 2-1 and Wisconsin had a legitimate chance to knock off Oregon.

I would also ask if the SEC is so asoundingly better than every other conference and deserves a rematch then how is it possible that the Big Ten runner up (MSU) could beat the SEC runner up (Georgia) in a bowl game?  



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:22 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

As someone watching with absolutely no care in the world who wins - Virginia Tech got hosed.  Can I submit a new rule that would clarify everything: you can no longer dive for the ball and land on your chest.  If you do, it's automatically incomplete and let's save everyone 5 minutes instead of the replay official breaking it down frame by frame to overrule calls that were at best inconclusive.



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:22 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

Not mad at the loss...Michigan played a good game, and they deserved the win. I mean Tech did get a controversial call overturned without any evidence but who am I to talk, I'm not a ref. But I do take it personal when someone who gets paid to write for a very popular sports website gets his facts wrong. It probably took him atleast 30 mins to write this article and took me 2 seconds to find a mistake. No hate towards Michigan or the writer, just saying if you're going to write a story about a team, get your facts straight. That's all. 



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:20 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

Actually the Big 10 won 4. Michigan, Michigan St, Purdue, and Illinois



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:17 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

You mad bro....




Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:17 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 OT

You mad bro....



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