Michigan started the Sugar Bowl like a bunch of players deficient of sugar. If it weren't for 27-yard backwards run by Hokies running back David Wilson and a Wolverines' defensive stand on fourth-and-one, Virginia Tech would probably have a commanding lead in this game.
Any average fan could tell you the red zone stand by the Wolverines, stuffing the Hokies to a no gain on fourth-and-one at the Michigan four-yard line, was a potential game-changer. Here's video:
And it was. Michigan then took their next possession the distance on 11 plays, capping off the near-seven minute drive with a Junior Hemingway 45 yard touchdown reception from Denard Robinson to put the Wolverines on top following the extra point.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michigan's J.B. Fitzgerald forced Hokies' returner Tony Gregory to cough it back up to the Wolverines with 38 seconds left in the half.
With Michigan threatening to turn the game completely on its head, Virginia Tech's defense appeared to have Michigan stopped three-and-out, forcing them to try a 36 yard field goal. Michigan dipped into their cross-state rival's bag of tricks, though, with a fake field goal try which broke down almost immediately. Drew Dileo's desperation pass, however, was tipped into the hands of the Michigan's long snapper Jareth Glanda for a first down and goal from the Virginia Tech eight with eight seconds left.
V-Tech breathed a sigh of relief, though, when Robinson's screen pass to Vincent Smith was only good for seven yards and left too little time for Michigan to take another crack at the end zone. Michigan's kicker Brendan Gibbons hit the chip shot field goal and the Wolverines went into the half leading just 10-6.
The Hokies will get the ball to start the second half. If you're interested in seeing how the Hokies' fans are reacting to the first half, head over to see Live Commentary from Virginia Tech fans.
For more on the Wolverines, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Maize 'N Brew. You can also head over to the official site of the Allstate Sugar Bowl for more info on this year's game.