Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons shakes off early miss for his best day of the season
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Brendan Gibbons' first crack at the scoreboard Saturday wasn't promising.
The Michigan junior kicker seemed to put all he had into a 44-yard field goal attempt in the first half, but a decent breeze and not enough leg ruined it, knocking the ball down and off the bottom crossbar for his second miss of the season in just five tries.
But the day wasn't all bad for Gibbons, who calmly nailed his next three kicks to finish with his best showing of the season in a 44-13 win at Purdue.
"I thought Gibbons did a nice job," Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said. "I thought the guys up front in that field goal team (did a nice job, too).
"(Purdue defensive lineman) Kawann Short is pretty doggone good at blocking field goals and extra points."
With makes from 29, 42 and 27, Gibbons is now 6-for-8 through five games in his second full season as Hoke's unquestioned No. 1 kicker.
Since a demoralizing 2010 campaign that saw him go just 1 of 5 on field goal tries, Gibbons is now 19 for his last 25 through the air.
And during the past two seasons, he's gone from a basic liability to a rather consistent scoring option when Michigan's near the red zone.