Brendan Gibbons' 44-yard field goal as time expired in regulation was exactly what Michigan needed Saturday night to fuel its 27-19 victory over Northwestern in Evanston.
Without it, the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3) would have lost to the Wildcats (4-6, 0-6), who have been dropped by eight or less points in four conference losses. A loss, well, that wouldn't have been the desired result for Team 134 coach Brady Hoke, who entered Saturday with two straight setbacks.
Devin Gardner helped his situation in the third overtime with a five-yard rushing touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion run. Prior to the win against the Wildcats, Gardner had been questioned by fans and media, who have been quick to point out his sack rate and interception problems.
Despite being sacked no less than six times, Gardner didn't throw an interception or fumble the ball.
As usual, we learned from what Michigan showed us this week. We'll explore those lessons with this slideshow.