Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Brendan Gibbons' OT FG boots Michigan past Va. Tech, to Sugar Bowl title

"Here's another tradition that Brady Hoke has restored at Michigan: Winning.

The coach who grew up in Ohio but revered the Wolverines since childhood ended his first season in charge holding up the silver Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy amid fluttering maize and blue confetti. The Michigan band provided the soundtrack for the raucous celebration: the school's familiar fight song.

Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech (No. 11 BCS, No. 17 AP) at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Tuesday night.

The victory capped an impressive debut season for Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. In his usual style, he also deflected the credit from himself onto the senior leaders of "Team 132," as he calls the squad with a nod to the number of teams the historic football program has fielded." @