It wound up being a much more difficult endeavor than most anticipated, but Michigan football outlasted Army in overtime today. The Wolverines came away with a 24-21 win, after Army missed a long would-be game-winning field goal in regulation, and fumbled away the game in OT.
The two teams traded touchdowns to start overtime. Army held Michigan to a field goal to start the second overtime, which appeared to open the gates for an upset win.
Instead, quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. fumbled on the third play of the ensuing drive, handing the ball back to Michigan for the win.
Michigan caught some flak for how it reacted to the win, with multiple Wolverines jumping into the stands to celebrate with their fans. Michigan was a 22-point favorite entering the game.
What happened after that is hard for anyone to criticize. As often happens after games involving service academies, the two teams joined in the corner of the end zone after the game to sing the fight song in front of the West Point Cadets who made their way to Ann Arbor for the game.
Both teams join together pic.twitter.com/MRjpeYyump
— angelique (@chengelis) September 7, 2019
Those who tune in to the Army-Navy Game at the end of every season will know this tradition well. It is one of the cooler moments of the year at that game, and a very cool scene when the service academies have the chance to play at places like Michigan Stadium.
Michigan has a chance to regroup after a tough game, with a Week 3 bye. In Week 4, the Wolverines take a trip to face Big Ten West power Wisconsin.
Army, which sits at 1-1 after the loss, travels to UTSA next week. The Black Knights opened their season with a 14-7 win over Rice.