NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03: Kicker Brendan Gibbons #34 and David Molk #50 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate with their teammates after Gibbons kicked a successful game-winning 37-yard field goal in overtime to win 23-20 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sugar Bowl 2012: Michigan Defeats Virginia Tech In Overtime, 23-20

Michigan is back in a BCS bowl for the first time in five years. The Wolverines will take on Virginia Tech in the 2012 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 3.

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Michigan Vs. Virginia Tech Final Score: Wolverines Win 2012 Sugar Bowl In Overtime

It wasn't pretty, but Michigan won the 2012 Sugar Bowl, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 23-20 in overtime.

Virginia Tech actually dominated the game, outgaining the Wolverines 377-184, but Michigan took advantage of Hokie miscues and a few calls that went in their favor.

One of those favorable calls came in the top half of the first overtime on a touchdown grab by Danny Coale. Well, it was called a touchdown, but then overturned upon review.

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On the very next play, Hokies kicker Justin Myer missed his first of five field goals in the game. Myer's miss allowed the Wolverines to play for the game-winning field goal. After three running plays, Brendan Gibbons drilled the winner from the same distance Myer missed his:

(Let's pretend we don't see the false start...)

Junior Hemingway was named the Allstate Sugar Bowl MVP after the game. Hemingway had two very impressive touchdown catches.

Related: Junior Hemingway's second touchdown
Junior Hemingway's first touchdown

For more on the Wolverines, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Maize 'N Brew. Check out Gobbler Country for everything Hokies. Head over to the official site of the Allstate Sugar Bowl for more info on this year's game.


Sugar Bowl 2012: Michigan Researching Ways To Defeat Virginia Tech

The 2012 Sugar Bowl is still more than one week away, but the participants are busy preparing for the contest over the holidays. The Michigan Wolverines believe their research may have even found a way to circumvent the staunch defense of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Al Borges, offensive coordinator for the Wolverines, has coached against the Hokies in the Sugar Bowl once before -- in 2005 while with the Auburn Tigers -- and says that Virginia Tech's schemes haven't changed all that much ever since. He did notice one thing while watching their previous games, however, that might allow his team a leg up, according to comments to

Borges said he's dissected the game film from those routs, and saw one significant weakness he plans to attack.

"(Clemson) got on the perimeter a few times," Borges said. "They got in the open field on them, and Clemson's got some pretty athletic kids. With anybody, if you can get some athletes in space, you have a good chance for success."

The Sugar Bowl will kickoff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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