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Michigan fights through offensive woes, beats Virginia Tech in overtime to win 2012 Sugar Bowl


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WKZO) -- When Rich Rodriguez was fired following the 2010 NCAA football season it left the University of Michigan searching for a coach that could finally bring them back to a level they hadn’t seen since Lloyd Carr retired in 2008.  That search ended when Michigan hired San Diego State head coach and former Michigan assistant Brady Hoke.  In Hoke’s first season he proved he’s been the “Michigan Man” they had been searching for all along.

Fighting through 3-9, 5-7 and a 7-6 seasonS under Rodriguez senior wide receiver Junior Hemingway may have said it best Tuesday following the Sugar Bowl Championship presentation: “Nobody knows all that we have been through”.  That’s most likely something people outside of the program will never truly know...just how much the Michigan seniors have been through to make it to a 23-20 Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday.

Star quarterback Denard Robinson struggled throughout the Sugar Bowl throwing 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for 117 yards en route to the victory.  The Wolverines also struggled on the ground only rushing for 56 yards.

It was Sugar Bowl MVP Junior Hemingway who saved the day for the Wolverines.  Hemingway pulled an underthrown pass out from under a defender for the Wolverines first touchdown.  Hemingway than caught a Robinson pass in the back of the end zone to give the Wolverines a 17-6 lead.

Virginia Tech fought back from there tying the game at 20 with only 2 seconds remaining in regulation.  Michigan however would win it after a missed field goal by 3rd string Hokie kicker Justin Myer set up a 37-yard Brendan Gibbons field goal to give Michigan the 23-20 victory.

The win is Michigan’s 1st in a BCS bowl game since the 2000 season.  In 2000 the Wolverines defeated Alabama in the Orange Bowl.  Michigan finishes 2011 with an 11-2 record.