The final score of 12-10 in a football game is an unusual one. It reflects that the defenses of both teams were superior to the offenses and that the winning team probably did not even get into the end zone.
In November 1974, Michigan travelled to Columbus for their annual match against OSU for the Big 10 championship. The Maize and Blue took a 10-0 first half lead on a Dennis Franklin to Gil Chapman pass and a Mike Lantry field goal. OSU methodically cut into the Wolverine lead with field goals until they took the lead on Tom Klaban's fourth kick through the uprights. Michigan drove into field goal position and in the final seconds of the game Lantry lined up to kick a 33 yarder that all Michigan fans (and a few OSU supporters) swear was good. The ball sailed so high over the left upright the officials ruled it no good, the only call they could make in Columbus. Final score OSU 12 Michigan 10.
In October 1985, Michigan (ranked #2 in the land) travelled to Iowa City to play #1 Iowa on a cold, blustery day. The game was monumentally close throughout with Michigan clinging to a 10-9 lead. Iowa took the ball deep into Michigan territory late in the fourth quarter and Rob Houghlin kicked his fourth field goal in the waning seconds to give M it's second loss in memory by this odd score. I once again cursed the score 12-10, but said to myself one day we are going to win a big game by that score. What goes around comes around I rationalized.
Fast forward to October 20, 2012. Ten seconds left in the game. Drew Dileo with the hold and Brendan Gibbons with the kick and we slay Sparty and the four year jinx by the score I knew would work for us one day. Michigan 12 Michigan State 10. Welcome team win #900!
There are no coincidences.