Nov 16, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; The Michigan Wolverines celebrate their overtime win against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 27-19 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s Miracle Kick Spurs Triple OT Win At Northwestern


Tick, Tick, Tick.  The clock was ticking down into single digits as the Wolverines scrambled forward to set-up for a field goal.

Tick, Tick, Tick 5 seconds now 4.

The clock is ticking away the time left on the game, the season and the legacy of Brady Hoke.

The holder Drew Dileo slides into position on the cold rain-soaked turf.

Tick, Tick

The kicker Brendan Gibbons gets set, the snap, the hold and the line drive 44 yard miracle kick  is good and ties the game at 9.

Yes mighty Michigan needed a miracle kick to tie the game at 9 against Northwestern. The same Northwestern team who came into the game winless in the Big Ten.

Lost in the excitement it that miracle last second kick could have been a game winner. If not for a questionable call by Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke in the 4th quarter. 

With just over 3 minutes remaining with Michigan in short field goal range, Hoke opted to go for it on fourth down. Devin Gardner was stopped just short of the first down marker and Michigan turned the ball over on downs deep in Northwestern territory. And down by three.

That is of course until Brendan Gibbons cardiac kick that sent the game into overtime.

In the third overtime Gardner finished the Wildcats with a touchdown pass and a rush for a two-point conversion giving Michigan a 27-19 win.

A crazy finish to an otherwise sloppy, wet and low scoring football game. A game where the story line would have been Michigan’s offensive ineptitude.

But Brendan Gibbons kick changed the game.

And Michigan’s season

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