ESPN's Stats & Information department took a closer look inside the numbers behind Michigan's 23-20 overtime win against Virginia Tech on Tuesday night in the Allstate Sugar Bowl:
Despite the loss, Bud Foster's defense did a standout job on Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. He was unable to find running room all night as six of his 13 total carries went for zero or negative yards. Virginia Tech shut down the inside zone read, allowing Robinson only one net yard rushing between the tackles all night.
Denard Robinson Rushing Inside Tackles
First 12 Games Sugar Bowl
Attempts: 104 8
Yards: 527 1
Yds per rush: 5.0 0.1
TD: 7 0
20-yd rush: 5 0
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas was actually the better quarterback. He was extremely effective running and passing on third down. Entering Tuesday, Thomas had only completed 48 percent of his third down passes.
Logan Thomas 3rd Down Passing
First 13 Games Sugar Bowl
Pass-Att: 47-98 (48.0) 5-7 (71.4)
Yds per att: 7.1 9.0
Pass effic.: 129.3 147.0
*30 yards, 3 first downs on 7 rush attempts