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SUGAR BOWL REVIEW: #13 Michigan outkicks #17 Va. Tech in OT

 

(courtesy of Bowl via wikipedia commons)

Brendan Gibbons kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give 13th-ranked Michigan to a 23-20 win over #17 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

The win ended a comeback to the heights of college football for the Michigan program under first-year head coach Brady Hoke, who led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record a BCS game.

QB Denard Robinson did not dominate the game, but threw touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway.

Robinson was 9 of 21 passes for 117 yards for 117 yards and an interception and rushed for only 13 yards.

Hemingway was selected as the player of the game for his two-touchdown effort. He finished the game with two pass receptions for 63 yards.

Virginia Tech, who finished the year at 11-3, more than doubled Michigan’s offensive total yardage, 377 to 184, and collected 22 first downs to the Wolverines’ 12 but had trouble scoring TD’s and settle for four field goals in regulation by placekicker Justin Myer, a third-stringer.

Unfortunately, Myer missed on his fifth field goal try from 37 yards out on the opening possession of overtime.

GAME NOTES:

*The Virginia Tech Hokies under Frank Beamer at 11-3 did not win a conference championship. They lost twice to Clemson by a combined 48 points, including a 38-10 humiliation in the ACC title game.

*In BCS games, the Hokies are 1-5.

*The Hokies strong pass rush created 38 sacks in 2011.

*Virginia Tech relied on their 12th-ranked defense to control games.

*Michigan’s are 12th in the nation in rushing with 235.7 yards a game, and QB Denard Robinson (96.9-yard average) and RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (91.9) were the big-time playmakers.

*Michigan head coach Brady Hoke turned around Ball State, San Diego State and now Michigan and earned the 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

*The Wolverines’ BCS record is 2-3.

* Denard Robinson ended the year with some impressive totals: rushed for 1,163 yards and passed for 2,056 yards and accounted for 34 touchdowns overall.

 

Info compiled from staff, University of Michigan & Virginia Tech news

Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech in key ACC battle, 28-21

 

(courtesy of VA Tech athletics via Wikipedia Commons)

The Virginia Tech Hokies had a key game Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division. Not only was it a key game, but a challenging since some of their other games were less than tight.

Tailback David Wilson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown with 2:23 to play, rallying the number 20 Hokies from a sloppy,  lethargic effort to a 28-21 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Virginia Tech is now 7-2 overall, 5-0 in the ACC Coastal Division. Remember, this is a team which was 0-2 to start the season after losing to Boise State and James Madison of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Georgia Tech lost quarterback Joshua Nesbitt to an injury before the end of the second quarter.

Virginia Tech still has key games left with North Carolina and Miami in the next two weeks before closing their regular season at home against arch-rival Virginia. If they can win those games, they’ll be playing in the ACC title game.

Georgia Tech falls to 5-4, 3-3 in the ACC Coastal Division.

compiled from staff & Virginia Tech news

James Madison Dukes upset #13 Virginia Tech Hokies, 21-16

Up until Saturday afternoon, most people probably did not know that James Madison, our fourth president, 1809-1817, had a university named after him James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, home of basketball star Ralph Sampson, Sr., put an end to Virginia Tech’s national title hopes with a 21-16 victory in Blacksburg, Virginia.

James Madison Dukes (JMU photo)

The Hokies were done in by missed tackles, blown assignments and lots of mistakes while relying to much on their talented QB Tyrod Taylor.

Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for one other for the 2-0 Dukes, one of the top teams in the Football Championship Subdivision known as I-AA. They are only the second FCS team to beat the Hokies at Lane Stadium, Richmond won 24-14 in 1985.

Virginia Tech is the second ranked team to lose to a lower division team. The first was Number 5 Michigan, who lost to I-AA Appalachian  State on September 1, 2007, 34-32 in the Big House of Michigan Stadium.

QB Drew Dudzik (JMU photo)

Head coach Mickey Matthews (JMU photo)

Virginia Tech lost six days earlier to Number 3 Boise State late in the game.

James Madison served as president between Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

compiled by staff & James Madison University news

Virginia Tech extends Frank Beamer’s contract through 2016

Virginia Tech has extended the contract of head football coach Frank Beamer through the 2016 season.

Coach Beamer’s current contract was due to expire at the end of 2012.

Frank Beamer Virginia Tech (courtesy of Va. Tech athletics)

Under Beamer’s guidance, the Hokies have had six straight 10-win seasons and appeared in a bowl game for 17 seasons in a row.

Beamer, who is 63, will be entering his 24th season with the Hokies. He currently ranks second among active coaches behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno with 229 wins.

compiled from staff and Virginia Tech news