NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWBT) - The Hokies nightmare came true Tuesday night in New Orleans. After suspending one kicker after an arrest, then sending another kicker home for missing curfew, the Sugar Bowl came down to a missed kick.
Michigan beat Virginia Tech 23-20 in overtime on a 37 yard Brendan Gibbons field goal Wednesday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Hokie kicker Justin Myer missed a 37 yard kick in the overtime, after tying the game at the end of regulation. Overall, Myer was 4-5 for field goals on the day.
With the loss, Frank Beamer falls to 8-11 in bowl games, and 1-5 in BCS games. The ACC is now 2-12 in BCS games all-time.
Virginia Tech dominated the game for the first quarter and a half, but had just a 6-0 lead to show for it. With under a minute to go in the second quarter, the Wolverines scored on a touchdown pass from Denard Robinson to Junior Hemingway. Tech fumbled the following kickoff, and Michigan was able to add a field goal before the end of the half.
Hemingway, the eventual MVP of the game, scored a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Wolverines a 17-6 lead. But Logan Thomas led the Hokies back, leading Tech down the field to a field goal, and then scoring from one yard out to make it a 17-all game.
Michigan kicked a field goal with five minutes remaining to make it 20-17, and Myer kicked a 20 yarder to tie the game at 20 with two seconds left.
In the OT, the Hokies looked like they had taken a six point lead when Danny Coale seemed to make an incredible diving catch in the end zone on third down. But after review, it was overturned, and Tech had to attempt the 37 yard field goal which ultimately missed.
Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michigan's (11-2) total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan's 12. This was the first meeting ever between the two schools, and just Tech's second meeting ever from a school from the Big 10.