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As his kick sailed through, Gibbons sprinted toward the Wolverines' sideline and was mobbed by teammates while the Michigan band belted out the school's fight song, "The Victors," while Michigan fans, in rhythm, thrust a sea of maize pom-poms in the air.
Virginia Tech fell behind late in regulation after gambling on a fake punt. Michigan's Jake Ryan stopped it at the Tech 45, leading to a short drive that set up Gibbons' go-ahead 39-yard field goal with 4 minutes left.
That left just enough time for the Hokies to tie it, even though they had to start at their own 9 after a holding penalty on the kickoff.
Thomas marched the Hokies 83 yards in 3:58, setting up Myer's game-tying 25-yarder.
Hemingway staked Michigan to a 17-6 lead in the third quarter when he soared over Tech's Antone Exum for an 18-yard catch in the back of the end zone. The scoring drive was set up by an even more difficult grab by reserve Michigan linebacker Frank Clark, who leaped and reached high over his head to snag Thomas' pass at close range, returning the interception to the Tech 35-yard line.
"I was just trying to dump it over his head. He timed his jump perfectly and got his hands on it and came down with it," Thomas said. "He made a great play."
Tech cut it to 17-9 on Myer's 36-yard field goal, then tied the game after Thomas' 13-yard scramble on fourth-and-11 sustained the drive that ended with his touchdown.
Virginia Tech dominated most of the first half, taking a 6-0 lead on Myer's field goals of 37 and 43 yards, and could have led by more had the Michigan defensive line not stuffed Thomas on fourth-and-1 on the Wolverines 4.
Michigan then drove to midfield with the help of a roughing the punter penalty, setting up Robinson's first big play.
The quarterback yanked his leg from a defender's grasp and unleashed a long throw while scrambling right. Virginia Tech free safety Eddie Whitley went for an interception but mistimed it, allowing Hemingway to make the grab with no one between him and the end zone.
Michigan got the ball right back when Tech's Tony Gregory fumbled the ensuing kickoff return.
Michigan nearly botched a field goal attempt soon after, but holder Drew Dileo's pass to no one in particular was tipped into the hand of long snapper Jareth Glanda for a first down on the 8, setting up a shorter field goal for a 10-6 halftime lead.
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