Oct. 22, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan football senior/junior kicker Brendan Gibbons (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday (Oct. 22).
Gibbons hit all three of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 38-yarder with five seconds remaining in last Saturday's 12-10 victory over in-state rival Michigan State. The kick helped the Wolverines become the first program in NCAA history to reach 900 wins.
It marks Gibbons' first Big Ten Player of the Week honor. He becomes the first Wolverines' specialist to earn the weekly award since punter Zoltan Mesko, who averaged 53.8 yards per punt on five punts at Iowa on Oct. 10, 2009. Gibbons also is the first Michigan placekicker to earn the award since K.C. Loptata connected on five field goals at Minnesota on Nov. 8, 2008.
It was Gibbons' second career game-winning field goal in the final minute of regulation or overtime. He hit a 37-yarder in overtime last season in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to give the Wolverines a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech.
Gibbons has hit 10-of-12 field goals (83.3 percent) and 25-of-25 point after attempts in 2012. He has connected on 24-of-34 field goals (70.6 percent) and 92-of-94 PATs for his career. Gibbons ranks eighth in U-M history in field goals made, while his streak of 77 consecutive successful PATs ranks second-best behind J.D. Carlson's 126 consecutive.
It marks the fifth weekly conference honor for the Wolverines this season. Senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice (following victories over Air Force on Sept. 8 and Purdue Oct. 6), while tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) was named Freshman of the Week after the Air Force game. Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was named Defensive Player of the Week following U-M's 45-0 shutout of Illinois on Oct. 13.
No. 20 Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) will face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday (Oct. 27) at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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