The Michigan football program has been largely forgettable in the recent past, including a 7-5 mark in 2013 and a ghastly 5-7 record in 2014. However, the Brady Hoke era wasn’t entirely void of excitement on the football field, and this week’s match-up against Northwestern conjures memories of a crazy finish on November 16, 2013.
Trailing 9-6 (yes, 9-6!) in the final moments against the Wildcats in Evanston, Michigan completed a pass to Jeremy Gallon that got the Wolverines into field goal range. However, Hoke’s team didn’t have any timeouts, leading to the amazing exchange in the video above, with Michigan’s field goal unit sprinting on to the field to connect on the would-be game-tying kick from 44 yards away.
As diehard fans would recall, Brendan Gibbons knocked this kick through the uprights to tie the game at 9-9 and send things into overtime. Michigan would claim a 27-19 win in triple overtime, but it is rare that a field goal is the most exciting play of a given day, and this one qualifies for that title.
Michigan and Northwestern will get together this weekend in Ann Arbor, and we can all hope for a more exciting contest.