78th ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL GAME NOTESJanuary 3, 2012 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
· Michigan’s Junior Hemingway was chosen as the game’s Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first player since 2005 to record two touchdown receptions in a Sugar Bowl. Both of Hemingway’s catches in the game went for touchdowns, including a 45-yard reception in the second quarter and an 18-yard grab in the third quarter for the Wolverines’ only touchdowns. Virginia Tech’s Josh Morgan last hauled in two scoring receptions in the Hokies’ 16-14 Sugar Bowl loss to Auburn in 2005.
· The Allstate Sugar Bowl went into overtime for the first time in bowl history. It was the second straight BCS bowl to go into overtime after Oklahoma State beat Stanford 41-38 in an extra period in last night’s Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl. Prior to last night’s game, a BCS bowl hadn’t gone into overtime since Boise State beat Oklahoma in 2007. Tonight's game also marks the fourth game during this bowl season to be decided in overtime; in addition to the Fiesta Bowl, the Outback Bowl (Michigan State 33, Georgia 30 in 3 OTs) and Sun Bowl (Utah 30, Ga. Tech 27) went to extra time. It also is the fourth bowl game decided by a field goal on the game's last play (Fiesta, Outback and UL Lafayette's 32-30 win over San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl).
· Michigan’s overtime victory gave the Big Ten back-to-back Sugar Bowl wins after Ohio State beat Arkansas 31-26 last year. The Wolverines’ three-point victory was the closest winning Sugar Bowl margin since West Virginia edged Georgia 38-35 in 2006.
· Virginia Tech’s Justin Myer connected on field goals of 37, 43, 36 and 25 yards, recording a field goal in every quarter and tying Georgia’s Billy Bennett (2003) for the BCS bowl record. The four field goals tied for second-most in Sugar Bowl history. Myer missed on his fifth try, a 37-yard attempt in overtime. The field goals were the first in Myers’ collegiate career. The Hokies made six field goals of 30 or more yards all season coming into tonight’s game.
· David Wilson’s 11-yard carry in the third quarter made him the Hokies’ all-time single-season rushing leader, surpassing Ryan Williams’ 1,655 yards in 2009.
· Wolverine linebacker Jake Ryan tied a Sugar Bowl record with four tackles for loss. Six other players have collected four tackles for loss in a Sugar Bowl, including Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward last year.
· Virginia Tech’s Danny Coale’s 117 receiving yards tied Auburn’s Terry Beasley (1972) for 24th individually in Sugar Bowl history.
· Michigan’s 96-yard scoring drive culminating in Hemingway’s 45-yard scoring catch in the second quarter was the third-longest scoring drive in Sugar Bowl history. Nebraska drove 99 yards against Florida on Dec. 31, 1974 and Alabama marched 98 yards against Arkansas in 1980.
· Virginia Tech’s 16-play touchdown march culminating in Logan Thomas’ one-yard scoring run tied for the third-most plays on a scoring drive in Sugar Bowl history. Nebraska went 18 plays before scoring against Florida on Dec. 31, 1974 and Florida added a 17-play scoring march against Florida State in 1995.
· Thomas’ scoring run and two-point conversion pass tied the score at 17, marking the first fourth-quarter tie in a Sugar Bowl since Syracuse and Auburn played to a 16-16 tie in 1988.
· For the first time in its four Sugar Bowl appearances, Virginia Tech scored first on Myer’s 37-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the first made field goal of Myer’s career.
· The 3-0 score after the first quarter marked the fewest combined points in a Sugar Bowl since Georgia led Florida State 3-0 at the end of the opening quarter in 2003. Michigan and Virginia Tech combined for the fewest first-half points in a Sugar Bowl since Tech trailed Auburn 9-0 at the half in 2005. In the previous six Sugar Bowls, participating teams tallied no less than 27 combined first-half points.
· The 10-6 halftime score marked the smallest halftime margin of a Sugar Bowl since Miami led Florida 13-10 in 2001.
· Virginia Tech and Michigan both rank in the top 8 in BCS bowl appearances. The Hokies (1-5 in BCS bowls) appeared in their sixth BCS bowl and fourth in their last five years, while the Wolverines (2-3 in BCS bowls) made their fifth BCS bowl appearance and first since the 2007 Rose Bowl.
· Virginia Tech is 1-3 in four Sugar Bowl appearances. The Hokies beat Texas (28-10) in 1995, lost to Florida State in 2000 (46-29) in what was also the BCS Championship, and lost to Auburn (16-13) in 2005. Michigan made its second Sugar Bowl appearance, losing to Auburn (9-7) in 1984.
· The Wolverines are 20-21 in bowls all-time and have an 895-310-36 overall record, while the Hokies own a 9-16 all-time bowl mark and have a 690-434-46 overall record.
· Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has coached the Hokies in all four of their Sugar Bowl appearances. Beamer has guided Tech to an 8-11 record in making 19 consecutive bowl appearances. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke made his second bowl appearance as a head coach, having guided San Diego State to a victory in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.