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Fake field goal gives Glanda a shot at glory
Time of Poss
M I C H I G A N
Player C-A Yds TO
Robinson, D. 9-21 117 2
' 1eo 1-1 11
Player Att Yds Avg L
Gallon 1 7 7 7
Smith 1 2 2 2
Paw y No Yds Avg LI
Hemingway 2 63 315 45
Koger 2 9 4,5
Toussaint 1 14 14 14
Roundtree 1 10 10 10
Smith 1 7 7 7
Hagerup 2 NO 25.0
P sy 1s 028 A28
Wile 3 131 43,7
Totals 5 181 36.2
Player No. Yds Avg I
Cox 2 2 1
Odorns 3 51 17
Totals 5 53 10.6
Plyr No. Yds Avg Lg
Player Solo Asst
Morgan 5 5
Martin 4 6
Gdan, T 4 4
DemensC 4 4
Ryan 6 1
88Mealer 1 3
Van Bergen 1 3
Roh 3 0
loyd 1 2
f Campbel 0 3
izgerad 2 0
Avery 1 1
Woolfolk 1 0
Black 1 0
Robinson, T. 1 0
Gordon, C. 1 0
Hollowell 1 0
Clark 0 1
Totals 49 40
By MICHAEL FLOREK
Daily Sports Editor
NEW ORLEANS - Jareth
Glanda was to suffer the same
fate as nearly every other long
snapper in college football. He
would be lost to history.
Long snappers don't have stats
or hero moments. Unless they
mess up, they are rarely men-
tioned by announcers or shown
on television. The only proof
Glanda would've had of him
being on Michigan's now-famed
Team 132 would be the redshirt
sophomore's name on the roster
and his face in the team photo.
Then, at the end of the second
quarter, Glanda struck a victory
for what may be the sport's most
anonymous position. In what
was undoubtedly the strangest
play of Tuesday's Sugar Bowl,
Glanda caught a tipped pass off
a fake field goal for an 11-yard
"It was the greatest thing
ever" said redshirt sophomore
kicker Brendan Gibbons.
Better than his game-winning
He made it into the box score.
Nestled between redshirt sopho-
more running back Fitzgerald
Toussiant and senior receiver
Kelvin Grady, Glanda finished
tied as the team's third-leading
bounced off Fuller, over Hokie
defensive tackle Derrick Hop-
kins and into Glanda's hands.
Gain of 11. First down, Michigan.
"I was trying to make a cou-
ple blocks and saw the ball go
over my head and get deflected,"
Glanda said. "I came down with
it. It was pretty cool.
"This is definitely the biggest
catch of my life."
There wasn't much competi-
tion. Glanda got a "little bit of
time" at tightend as asophomore-
- in high school. In college, he
hasn't had much opportunity to
make a play. He only took over
as the team's long snapper this
season. Glanda was thoroughly
"I never do catching drills,"
Glanda said. "I snap all the time,
that's what I do."
The catch didn't mean much,
other than providing Glanda his
first catch and Dileo a comple-
tion on his first collegiate pass.
Michigan stalled at the Virginia
Tech goal line and had Gibbons
hit a field goal anyway.
But it mattered to Glanda. For
a fleeting moment he was living
the dream of all offensive line-
men. He had the ball, rumbling
towards the endzone. When the
historians look back at the 2012
Sugar Bowl, they'll see it in the
box score. Glanda, J., receptions:
one, yards: 11.
Redshirt sophomore longsnapper Jerith Glanda celebrates after his moment of glory in the Sugar Bowl.
Glanda said he doesn't
remember much about the play.
Everyone else does.
Michigan had lined up for a
field goal with less than a min-
ute to play in the second quar-
ter. Before the snap, sophomore
receiver Drew Dileo heard
another call from the sideline:
Fire Right. It was a fake. Dileo
had a run-pass option. If he
threw, it was a two-man route,
though he was supposed to be
looking for senior tight end
Kevin Koger running a corner
But there was problem. Dileo
had to relay the call to his line in
the noisy Mercedes-Benz Super-
dome. Half of the line didn't hear
"I get it, I roll out, and Koger's
blocking," Dileo said. "Then I see
(fifth-year senior backup tight
end Steve) Watson and I just
throw it up."
Launching the ball off his
back foot just before getting hit,
Dileo overthrew Watson. Vir-
ginia Tech cornerback Kyle Full-
er jumped for the interception,
but ran into a teammate. The ball
V IR G IN IA T EC H
Player C-A Yds
Thomas 16 53 33
Oglesby 7 35 5.0
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HIGAN "That's going (to) forever be
Page 1C ingrained in my head, that vision
and being with those guys,"
verted 6-of-7 third down Martin said. "This is something
pts of 8 yards or longer. I'm never going to forget."
ginia Tech out-gained The celebration, they'll
gan by nearly 200 yards, remember fondly. But the win?
ught no breaks. The Wol- That was dirty.
s' long snapper caught a Kevin Koger and Mike Shaw
hat saved a botched fake will remember looking up
oal. A failed Hokie fake together at the scoreboard half-
et up Michigan's late go- way through the third quarter,
kick. as Michigan built a 17-6 lead.
inson threw what They saw the stats roll across the
ve been three intercep- screen: the Hokies had more first
A questionable interfer- downs, more total yards and a
all and a Jayron Hosley longer time of possession.
cost the Hokies two turn- "We were still up," Koger said
hat were within reach. after the game. "And we had no
his what Michigan football idea why. It wasn't pretty. It was
osed to look like? definitely ugly."
Then, Koger and Shaw will
find J.B. Fitzgerald and thank
him for forcing a fumble on a
0 years, Team 132 will kickoff. They'll thank the entire
and recall how they defense for bending, but not
Michigan football. breaking.
o college drinking bud- Sometimes Michigan football
yan Van Bergen and Dave looks beautiful, but as AlBorges
will exchange war stories says, "They're not all master-
ttle scars. Van, Bergen will pieces."
.y tell the story about how Borges will wrap his arm
kle felt like rubber after around Robinson and harass him
horizontal to his shin - for personifying the team's beau-
in opposite directions. tifully erratic play. He'll remind
less I saw bone, I was Robinson that he prayed every
o try and stay in," he said time the quarterback threw off
he game. his back foot in the Sugar Bowl.
s Michigan defense looked Robinson will smile, and the
n Bergen, limping into the two will talk of how rocky that
ame press conference on transition year was. Both had
es. regrets. Both had triumphs. The
from the same cloth, Molk odd couple - a pro-style expert
y and one-up him, telling and a dynamic dual-threat quar-
e heard a pop in warm-ups terback - somehow made it look
'w the coaches thought all part of the plan.
out for the game. After Robinson, theface ofMichigan
his replacement, Rocko football,jogged down Bourbon
y, botch the first three Street later that night after the
he put himself in. Sugar Bowl, a stream offansfol-
e Martin won't be far lowing him. He wasn't the best
He, too, was the lifeline quarterback, but he had won.
am that led with both its Greg Mattison never cared
ust as Brady Hoke said about style, either. "If we have a
ould. Defensive team- place to stand," he'd tell his play-
will wonder where they ers, then they had a chance. He'll
ve been without Martin find four freshmen who played
n Bergen. They anchored , crucial roles in that Sugar Bowl.
s the defense's only Blake Countess, Desmond
ths - short-yardage and Morgan, Frank Clark and Jake
ne defense. Ryan will remember what Van
haps Martin will remem- Bergen told them the week
ently staring up at the before the game. He said they
lome's bright lights, as could either cry in the locker
nfetti fell and Hemingway room, or celebrate on the field
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson had one memorable season, capped by a up-and-down Sugar Bowl performance.
No Yds Avg Lg
1 36 36 36
1 36 36 36
No. Yds Avg Lg
1 24 24 24
9 24 24 24
with confetti falling - it was
Clark will describe the biggest
play of his Michigan career, a key
interception that set up a touch-
down. Mattison will tease Ryan
about how long his hair used to
be, then smile, remembering how
Ryan rewarded his trust after
Will Heininger went down.
The others make jokes, but
Blake Countess, back then an
unflappable freshman, won't
remember being burned by near-
ly every Hokie receiver.
Michiganfootball looks like
Countess did after the game.
Smiling and upbeat, he chose to
remember how he stayed step-for-
step with Hokie receiver Danny
Coale, as he caught a would-be
overtime touchdown pass just
inches toofar out ofbounds.
They all find it funny how
soon people forgot the dark
years, what Molk called "The
After the Sugar Bowl - after
they had broke the streak, beat-
ing Ohio State - after they won
11 games for just the fifth time in
modern Michigan football histo-
ry, everyone declared Michigan
Ten years after the game,
going to make that kick. I knew
he was going to make that kick."
Defensive coordinator Greg
Mattison knew Gibbons had it
in him since he first saw him
kick in spring camp in Ann
"Gibby, the first day I got here
and saw him kicking, I heard his
track record and said, 'No way.
This guy's a good kicker,' "Mat-
"I knew he was goingto make
it. That's what we do here."
Even fifth-year senior safety
Troy Woolfolk couldn't help
but smile at the mention of Gib-
"I'm glad you asked about
Hoke will remind them what he
said at the time: "Michigan never
He'll remember they played
Michigan football with an errati-
cally spectacular quarterback,
relentlessly powerful line play,
and a cast of characters who
filled roles: like Fitz Toussaint,
the sidekick, or Hemingway, the
How fitting, he'll say, it was for
the seniors to go out that way -
overcoming and winning when
all logic said they should've been
lying and dying.
The players make Michigan
football what it is. And Team 132
After the Sugar Bowl, when
the ride stopped and everyone
looked for someone to hug, Van
Bergen turned to Molk and
joked, "I don't know when the
movie is coming out."
"It's a fairytale," Van Bergen
said. "It doesn't happen like that
in real life all the time."
There's time to sort out the
future, to see if Hoke caught
magic in a bottle or if this is
just the beginning. Is this what
that," Woolfolk said.
He had something to get off
Last season, after backup
kicker Seth Broekhuizen missed
a kick to put Michigan at 1-for-5
on the season, Woolfolk - then
out with an ankle injury - sent
out a tweet that read: "Kickers
The tweet no longer exists.
No longer does Michigan's need
for a competent kicker.
"Gibbons really put my foot
in my mouth," Woolfolk said.
"I won't doubt a Michigan Man
"When he went up there
tonight I knew he was going to
Michigan football is supposed to
look like? Dirty and determined.
Lucky and skilled. We'll find out,
but it's how Team 132 played
Athletic Director Dave Bran-
don has three Big Ten Champi-
onship rings from the time he
played at Michigan. But he never
won 11 games at Michigan. He
doesn't have a Sugar Bowl ring.
"I know how important (that
feeling) is," Brandon said. "It's
even more important years from
now than it is tonight."
Knowing all too well, Brandon
imparted a piece of wisdom to
"You're goingto wear that
ring for the rest of your life,"
he told them. "You're goingto
remember this night and you're
goingto remember this team."
others will remember how
they played, but only because of
what Team 132 accomplished.
Sugar Bowl champs, they'll call
This unforgettable group
stands immortalized, knowing
no one can ever take that away.
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make it. There was no doubt in
Gibbons's three field goals
proved crucial in a game in
which the offense mustered just
184 yards - fewer yards than
the Hokie offense accumulated
in the first half alone.
But that just might make
sense. Because just like the
resurgent Wolverines had the
odds stacked against them, so
"Brendan's a microcosm of
this team - he proved everyone
wrong," said junior defensive
end Craig Roh.
It just took time. Time and
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looked at Gibbons.
"You ready, Gibb?" he asked.
Gibbons nodded back.
Not everyone felt so ready.
"What's goin' through my
head?" asked Michigan offen-
sive coordinator Al Borges.
Gibbons admitted that he was
a little nervous. But he had the
It was a trick Hoke taught
him. Kicking gets easier when
you don't think about it. Hoke
taught him to think about girls
instead - brunettes.
Sophomore holder Drew
Dileo handled the snap, spun
the laces away from Gibbons
and set the tip of the ball down
on the 27-yard line.
Gibbons took two steps for-
ward and swung his powerful
left leg, following through the
impact. Straight and true. Gib-
bons didn't even watch the kick
split the uprights for the 23-20
victory - he could tell from the
moment he hit it.
"It's a complete zero-to-hero
moment for him," said redshirt
sophomore offensive tackle
Taylor Lewan. "He knew he was