Michigan converted 4 red zones into 24 points, and holds Illinois out of the red zone area. Illinois was forced into two turnovers, and Michigan lost a snap exchange in the 4th quarter for Bellomy.
Offense had 527 net yards with 353 on the ground, 21 first downs and is 9 of 14 in 3rd down conversions. Denard Robinson was 7 of 11 for 159 and 2 TDs, and ran for 128 yards in 11 carries for another 2 TDs. Fitz Touissaint had 62 yards in 18 carries for a TD, and got a nice 15 yard gain on a screen pass. Thomas Rawls had 89 yards in 8 carries including a 63 yard TD. Justice Hayes got 10 touches for 66 yards. Jeremy Gallon caught a 71 yarder for the first TD. Roy Roundtree caught a 33 yarder setting up the red zone field goal. Devin Funchess reached high to get an 8 yard TD. Michigan gained a 13 play offensive advantage due to a 4:30 time of possession advantage.
Defense was solid! We held the Ilini to 127 yards, 104 on the ground with 7 first downs and held them to only 3 of 14 in 3rd and 4th down conversions. Jake Ryan had 11 tackles, 4 for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the defense. Kenny Demens had 8 tackles, 1 for loss and an interception. Desmond Morgan and Craig Roh had 5 tackles each.
Special Teams have been solid! Matt Wile had 4 touchbacks on 8 kickoffs, and 3 punts downed inside the 20. Jeremy Gallon had 2 punt returns for 14 yards, and Norfleet got a 42 yarder. Will Hagerup had a 43 yard punt. Brendon Gibbons hit his one field goal attempt and two extra points.
Bring on the Spartans!
Box Score Player Participation Post Game Interview Kenny Demens Jake Ryan Patrick Omameh Denard Robinson Desmond Morgan Highlights
Observations on the first half with Illinois
Game Notes for Illinois
Brake Hoke Friday Walk-Through
Brady Hoke Mid-Week Press Conference on October 10 J.T. Floyd Thomas Gordon Devin Funchess
Greg Mattison Press Conference on October 9 Al Borges
Brady Hoke Press Conference on October 8 Taylor Lewan Will Campbell Elliott Mealer