Sept. 3, 2011
Today's announced attendance of 110,506 marks the 231st consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Today's game was ended at 7:10 p.m., and Michigan was declared the 34-10 winner with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter. There were two lightning delays in the third quarter -- for 30 minutes early in the quarter and 50 minutes immediately prior to the calling. It was the first shortened game due to weather in Michigan program history and the first delay since a 60-minute delay against Central Michigan on Sept. 9, 2006.
The field (turf) temperature was 137 degrees at the start of the game. It dropped to 84 degrees after the first delay.
Michigan improved its record in season openers to an impressive 109-20-3, including a 93-15-2 mark in season openers at home. The Wolverines also improved to 109-18-2 all-time in home openers.
The Wolverines improved to 6-0 in all-time series against Western Michigan. The Wolverines are 28-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Head coach Brady Hoke improved to 5-2 against WMU.
Michigan head coaches are 15-3-1 in their debuts with the Wolverines.
Former Wolverine Mercury Hayes (1992-95) was honored in the first quarter as part of U-M's weekly "Legends of the Game" recognition.
Four Michigan players earned their first collegiate start: junior/sophomore left guard Michael Schofield, fifth-year senior defensive end Will Heininger, sophomore/freshman linebacker Jake Ryan and freshman kicker Matt Wile.
Seven Wolverines made their collegiate debut today. In addition to Ryan and Wile, freshman Brennan Beyer, sophomore/freshman Josh Furman, freshman Blake Countess, freshman Gregg Brown and freshman Frank Clark also saw playing time against Western Michigan.
Thirteen players extended their consecutive start streaks: Ryan Van Bergen (26 games), Craig Roh (26), Jordan Kovacs (22), Roy Roundtree (18), Patrick Omameh (17), David Molk (14), Denard Robinson (14), Troy Woolfolk (13), Kenny Demens (8), Courtney Avery (6), Mike Martin (4), Taylor Lewan (3), Junior Hemingway (2).
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 9-of-13 passes for 98 yards and rushed for 46 yards on eight carries. It was his lowest rushing yardage since registering 31 against Ohio State on Nov. 21, 2009.
With his 46 rushing yards, Robinson moved to the sixth spot among the Big Ten Conference's career leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Ohio State's Cornelius Greene (2,080 yards, 1972-75). Robinson needs 51 yards to reach the fifth spot, currently held by Minnesota Rickey Foggie (2,150, 1984-87).
Junior/sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint boasted a career-high 80 rushing yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns -- his first collegiate multi-touchdown performance. He scored Michigan's first touchdown of 2011 on a one-yard rush early in the second quarter and added another on a two-yard run late in the second. He entered the season with one career touchdown -- a five-yard run against Bowling Green last season (Sept. 25, 2010).
Fifth-year senior linebacker Brandon Herron became the first Michigan player in the modern era to record two defensive touchdowns in a single game -- on a 94-yard interception return in the second quarter and a 29-yard fumble recovery in the third. They were the first and second touchdowns of Herron's career, while the interception was the first and the fumble recovery was the second of his career.
Herron is the first Michigan player with two TD returns in game since Tom Harmon (KO return and Punt return) in 1940 against Cal.
Michigan previously scored two defensive touchdowns in a game four times:
|Sept. 16, 2006||Notre Dame||LaMarr Woodley (fumble recovery)|
|Prescott Burgess (interception)|
|Jan. 1, 1999||Arkansas||Ian Gold (interception)|
|James Whitley (interception)|
|Sept. 19, 1998||Eastern Michigan||William Peterson (interception)|
|Anthony Jordan (interception)|
|Oct. 18, 1975||Northwestern||Dave Devich (interception)|
|Tom Seabron (interception)|
Herron's 94-yard touchdown was the longest interception return for a touchdown in Michigan program history. The previous record was 92 yards, held by Ken Tureaud (vs. UCLA, Sept. 30, 1961) and Thom Darden (vs. UCLA, Sept. 25, 1971). It was also Michigan's first interception for a touchdown in two seasons, dating back to Donovan Warren's 40-yard return at Iowa (Oct. 10, 2009).
Herron's 29-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was Michigan's first since Cam Gordon returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown against Purdue last season (Nov. 13, 2010).
Herron also boasted a career-high eight career-high tackles.
Senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs led the Wolverines with 10 tackles. In a productive third quarter, Kovacs registered two sacks -- for a loss of 16 yards -- a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Kovacs entered the season with one career sack, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
Senior running back Michael Shaw rushed for a 44-yard touchdown in third quarter -- the longest touchdown run of his career. He owns 12 career touchdowns. His previous long touchdown run was 34 yards, which he recorded last season against Massachusetts (Sept. 18, 2010).