Sugar Bowl 2012 LIVE UPDATES: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
Even if Michigan State fans believe that the BCS tapped the wrong team from The Great Lake State, the Michigan Wolverines are back in a front-line bowl game after six, long seasons of discontent in Ann Arbor. Led by dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson, Michigan will square off against a team that's become a fixture of BCS bowls, the Virginia Tech Hokies, yet another program that the Sugar Bowl took some heat for selecting.
But don't hassle fans of either of these clubs are any of the players strapping on a helmet tonight with any lingering angst over the BCS selection process. These teams are locked, loaded and have the athletes to deliver an entertaining affair. Virginia Tech's special weapon, running back David Wilson, was named ACC Player of the Year. The junior is ranked sixth in the nation with 125.15 yards per game while also recording 1,627 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
But all eyes will most likely be on Robinson and how he fares against a VT team that ranks 13th in the country in total defense and eighth in scoring defense (giving up 17.23 points per game). The Hokies defenders have a tough task ahead of them however, considering that the speedy Michigan playmaker is 13th on the NCAA's career rushing list for quarterbacks.
Will the Wolverines win their first BCS bowl game since the 2000 Orange Bowl? Or will the Virginia Tech defense stop Robinson en route to a Sugar Bowl win?
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Phenomenal individual effort by him lifted his team. He's getting emotional with Chris Fowler.
Michigan coach admits he thought Hokies TD was good.
|@ MikeGriffith32 : Has there been a worse sugar bowl champ than Michigan - ever? Didn't play Wisc, didn't play Neb and didn't deserve invite any more than V-T|
kick is good!
They seem to think that was a TD.
Icing on Hokies.
And here comes Gibbons for the win.
Michigan staying on ground to keep the ball and get it to their kicker.
Myer is wide right! And that overturned TD looms awful big right now. Myer pushes the 37-yard attempt. Michigan can win it with a field goal.
And forget my thoughts. Refs take this one off the board. Myer out for FG attempt. Stunning turn here.
This would be a brutal overturn considering ref on spot called it a score and it was a total sell-out play by Coale.
Thomas lofts one to the corner of the end zone and Coale makes catch at full dive and rolls over it out of bounds. Signal is 6. Review coming.
Wilson gets a few more. 3rd and 5 coming.
WIlson on Thomas' hip, and Wilson runs it for a short gain. 2nd and 8.
Michigan calls heads. And it is a head. Tech will start with the ball at the 25. Strap in.
No return. And We're Heading to OVERTIME.
The Sugar Bowl is tied!
And, we've got a whistle for icing.
Myer coming out for game-tying kick. Just like Dante in Clerks, he wasn't even supposed to be working today. And now this.
4th and 1 with 30 seconds. Go for the win? Kick for the tie?
It's going to 3rd and short but we've got a flag before next play. 3rd and 7. Big change.
Wilson run seems an odd choice.
Thomas hits big tight end for another first down into field goal range.
Thomas in shotgun takes snap, drops, throws high... but Davis can't reel it in as he was getting out of bounds.
Coale catches with one foot on ground all the way but they're taking a look. Free timeout for Hokies. 1:57 to go.
Gets right to stick and catches a rope from Thomas.
Wison gets strung out to right side and loses a yard.
Thomas hits Coale long up the sideline for a big gain, into Michigan territory. 1st and 10 at 42.