Virginia Tech kicker Justin Myer, who had made four field goals in regulation including a 25-yarder with 2 seconds left to send the game into overtime, missed a 37-yarder in the extra period opening the door for Gibbons to make the game-winner.
The Wolverines (11-2) overcame an off night from star quarterback Denard Robinson, who finished 9 of 21 for 117 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Quarterback Logan Thomas was 19 of 28 for 214 yards and an interception for the Hokies (11-3).
TENNESSEE: Coach Derek Dooley says he’s willing to allow wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan State or Michigan to be close to his ailing father.
NORTH CAROLINA: Coach Larry Fedora is bringing six members of his Southern Mississippi coaching staff with him to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Offensive assistants Blake Anderson, Walt Bell and Chris Kapilovic will join defensive assistants Deke Adams, Dan Disch and David Duggan with Fedora in his first season as head coach of the Tar Heels.
KENTUCKY: Hired Mike Cassity to coach defensive backs to fill the spot left by Steve Brown, whose contract was not renewed.
KANSAS: Coach Charlie Weis tapped into his connections to Notre Dame and hired Rob Ianello as the Jayhawks’ wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Ianello spent five seasons as an assistant under Weis in South Bend, coaching wide receivers and coordinating the Fighting Irish’s recruiting efforts.
He later served as interim coach when Weis was fired.
AKRON: Terry Bowden picked one of his dad’s former assistants to help him revive the Zips.
Bowden named former North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato as his new defensive coordinator and associate head coach.
DRAFT-BOUND: Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu have decided to enter the NFL Draft instead of returning to school for their final year of eligibility.