Jan. 4, 2012
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Michigan claimed the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl title with a 23-20 overtime victory over Virginia Tech. U-M has claimed multiple bowl victories at the Rose (8), Citrus/Capital One (3) and Hall of Fame/Outback (3) bowls and a single victory each at the Bluebonnet, Fiesta, Gator, Holiday, Orange and Sugar bowls.
The win gives the Wolverines one victory at each of the four Bowl Championship Series games (Rose, Orange, Fiesta and Sugar).
Michigan played overtime in a bowl game for the second time in school history. The only previous extra session contest was a 35-34 victory against Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl in which the Wolverines also benefited from a missed kick by the opposition in overtime.
Sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons converted three field goals in the contest, including the 37-yard game-winner in overtime. He hit a 24-yard field goal at the end of the first half, tallying his first career postseason field goal. Gibbons added a 39-yard field goal with four minutes left to give Michigan a 20-17 lead.
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Junior Hemingway was named the Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player for his performance against the Hokies. Both of Hemingway's catches in the game went for touchdowns. He gave Michigan a 7-6 lead after catching a 45-yard touchdown pass from Robinson with 49 seconds left in the first half. He added an 18-yard TD on a grab at the back of the end zone at 9:43 of the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 9-of-21 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns carried the ball 13 times for 13 yards. He completed 7-of-13 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown with one interception in the first half.
Junior/sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint led the rushing attack with 30 yards on 13 carries against Virginia Tech. He also added a 14-yard catch.
Senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs led the defense with 11 tackles against the Hokies.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Ryan posted four tackles-for-loss and seven total tackles against Virginia Tech. He had one of the team's two sacks.
Freshman linebacker Desmond Morgan and senior defensive tackle Mike Martin tied for second on the team with 10 stops. Martin also assisted on a sack.
Michigan's defense held Virginia Tech to three field goals through the first three quarters. The Hokies scored their first touchdown on a one-yard keeper by Logan Thomas at 10:22 of the fourth quarter. The TD and two-point conversion tied the score at 17 apiece.
The Wolverines' go-ahead touchdown drive in the second quarter was their second longest of the season. The 96-yard drive in 11 plays was aided by a roughing the punter penalty against the Hokies. Michigan's longest drive of the season was a 97-yard TD drive against Eastern Michigan.
Freshman defensive end Frank Clark collected his first career interception at 11:39 of the third quarter. Clark intercepted an attempted screen pass by Logan Thomas and returned it seven yards to Virginia Tech's 35-yard line. The turnover led to Hemingway's second score of the game.
After its first touchdown, Michigan picked up a turnover on the ensuing kickoff as freshman Delonte Hollowell recovered his first career fumble on Tony Gregory's miscue. Fifth-year senior linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald forced the fumble for the special teams. He added a special teams tackle on the opening kickoff of the third quarter.
Senior/junior center Rocko Khoury made his first career start in the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl, subbing for an injured David Molk, who returned to the lineup for the second possession and played the remainder of the game.
Virginia Tech held the first-quarter advantage, gaining 110 yards on 21 plays and controlling 11:01 of the clock. Michigan limited the Hokies to nine rushing yards. The Wolverines were held to 29 yards on eight plays (18 rushing, 11 passing).
Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen served as the honorary captain for the game.
U-M improved its bowl record to 2-3 all-time when playing in domes. The only previous victory was a 33-14 win over UCLA in the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl played at the Houston Astrodome. The Wolverines lost twice in the Alamodome (1995, 2005) and once at the Superdome against Auburn in the 1984 Sugar Bowl.
The Wolverines have a 15-3 record all-time in domes: 12-0 at the Metrodome, 1-0 at Syracuse's Carrier Dome and 2-3 in bowl games.
Tonight's game was the first meeting between the Wolverines and Hokies. Virginia Tech became the 144th different opponent all-time for Michigan.
Michigan improved to 20-21 all-time in bowl games with the victory over Virginia Tech.
Retired coach Lloyd Carr was recognized by the Sugar Bowl during the pregame along with members of his 2012 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame class. Carr and classmate Antonio Freeman of Virginia Tech were the honorary captains at the coin toss for their respective institutions.
Tonight's game was the final contest for 23 seniors of team 132: Tony Anderson, Jordan Barpal, Matthew Cavanaugh, Marell Evans, J.B. Fitzgerald, Kelvin Grady, Will Heininger, Junior Hemingway, Brandon Herron, Mark Huyge, Zac Johnson, Kevin Koger, Mike Martin, John McColgan, David Molk, Martavious Odoms, Tom Pomarico, Alex Schwab, Michael Shaw, Ryan Van Bergen, Jared Van Slyke, Steve Watson and Troy Woolfolk.
The Wolverines made their 35th January bowl appearance in 41 all-time appearances and its fifth appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game.
Brady Hoke became the eighth head coach to lead his team to a BCS bowl game in his first season at the helm and third to claim a victory in the contest. Miami's Larry Coker won the 2001 Rose Bowl and Boise State's Chris Peterson won the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen could join the group with a victory against Clemson in tomorrow's FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan. 4).
Michigan had two number changes for the game: Rocky Khoury wore #78 instead of his normal #63 and long snapper George Morales wore #74 instead of #66.
U-M improved its record to 2-1 against the Atlantic Coast Conference in bowl games and has a 19-3 all-time against the ACC.
ESPN broadcast the game with 19 cameras, including Skycam.
The announced crowd was 64,512 for the 78th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.