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LISTEN: Field goals carry Wolverines over Spartans in annual backyard battle

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Brendan Gibbons nails a 38-y... (Download MP3)

ANN ARBOR (1660 THE FAN) – Brendan Gibbons was the hero Saturday, hitting a 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the game to end Michigan’s four-game losing streak to their in-state rivals by a score of 12-10.

The Wolverines never found the end zone in the game, relying on their special teams unit to carry the offense, and they were up to the task. Gibbons hit the opening field goal from 24 yards out to give Michigan a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. Matt Wile nailed his first ever collegiate field goal from 48 yards away late in the first extending the Wolverines opening half lead to 6-0.

Andrew Maxwell completed a 2-yard touchdown score to Paul Lang giving the Spartans their first lead of the game at 7-6. The junior quarterback finished 21 of 34 for 192 yards in the game. The teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter, setting up the final scoring drive for the Wolverines.

Denard Robinson set up the game-winning field goal completing a 20 yard strike to Drew Dileo. Robinson finished 14 of 29 for 163 yards passing with an interception. He rushed for 96 yards on 20 carries.

The win gives Michigan their 900th program win. The Wolverines avoid a school-record fifth straight loss in the rivalry. 

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