Not only did Michigan State football allow Michigan to earn its 900th win, snap a four-game losing streak and keep Brady Hoke’s perfect home record alive last weekend, but the Spartans also allowed a Michigan player to be named Big Ten player of the week.
According to the Detroit News, Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons was named Big Ten special teams player of the week. Gibbons was three for three on field goal attempts, including the game winner he nailed from 38 yards out with five seconds left in the game.
Not only did Gibbons break the hearts of Spartan fans by the thousands, but he did so in an award-winning fashion. That is brutal. No one will remember that he was the Week Nine Big Ten special teams player of the week, but everyone will remember his last second heroics in Ann Arbor last Saturday. Michigan fans will not be telling their grandkids 30 years from now about Denard Robinson’s huge game because he didn’t have one. However, they will tell them about that heartbreaking kick.
The Detroit News also offered additional information about Gibbons’ award-winning performance:
It marks Gibbons’ first Big Ten player of the week honor, and Gibbons becomes the first Wolverines’ specialist to earn the weekly honor since punter Zoltan Mesko, who averaged 53.8 yards per punt on five punts at Iowa on Oct. 10, 2009. Gibbons also is the first Michigan placekicker to earn the award since K.C. Loptata connected on five field goals at Minnesota Nov. 8, 2008.