No. 1 game of 2012: Michigan 38, NU 31 (OT)

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

No. 1 game of 2012: Michigan 38, NU 31 (OT)

And we’ve reached No. 1 on BTN’s top 10 games of the 2012 football season. The winner: Michigan’s 31-28 overtime victory over Northwestern. This was a wild game, one that featured five lead changes and three ties. Oh, and one of the more memorable plays of the season (Roy Roundtree’s catch above). Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Until then, relive the back-and-forth game in this post.

[ RELATED: Check out all of our top 10 games of 2012 ]

MICHIGAN 38, NORTHWESTERN 31 (OT)

Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan’s defense responded with a stop, giving the Wolverines a wild 38-31 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw a 15-yard pass to Tony Jones with 3:59 left to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead and Gardner threw an interception on the next snap.

Northwestern couldn’t pick up enough first downs to run out the clock in regulation and the Wolverines took advantage.

Gardner heaved a 53-yard pass to Roy Roundtree to set up Brendan Gibbons‘ 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to force OT.

[ RELATED: Roy Roundtree’s tip catch, in video and photos ]

The Wolverines (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) barely prevented Northwestern (6-4, 4-2) from winning consecutive games in Ann Arbor for the first time since the 1934 and 1936 seasons.

STAT LEADERS
Leading passer: Devin Gardner, 16-29, 286 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Leading rusher: Venric Mark, 23 car., 104 yards, 1 TD
Leading receiver: Roy Roundtree, 5 rec., 139 yards

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