Thanks to a very dramatic, last-second, 44-yard successful field goal by Wolverine kicker Brendan Gibbons to end regulation, the Michigan Wolverines were able to extend the game against Northwestern into triple-overtime and earned a hard fought and much needed victory on the road in Evanston.
And also thanks to Devin Gardner who converted with his legs, the game winning score and subsequent successful two-point conversion in the third OT that gave the Wolverines their 27-19 lead.
The Michigan defense stepped up forced Northwestern to go backward on their final drive preventing the Wildcats from tying the score and ended the game with an interception in the end zone on 4th down.
It was another ugly game for those that believe the Wolverines are underperforming on offense under coordinator Al Borges as the team was unable to score a touchdown until overtime and really needed that miracle kick to get them there.
The teams were evenly matched on the final stat line and both squads dropped passes and potential interceptions in the damp, wet conditions.
Devin Gardner did have an interception free day completing 24 passes for 226 yards. Gardner played his best in the overtime sessions and converted key plays on the ground with his legs even though his total was only 19 yards on the day with 17 attempts.
Michigan now 7-3 needed this victory to keep the wolves at bay calling for changes in Ann Arbor. This 2013 season has not gone the way most had predicted. The victory today only can help calm things and might be what Blue needs to finish the season strong.
Two more games to go and much is still left to play for.