Sept. 4, 2010
Today's announced crowd of 113,090 sets the all-time attendance record for a football game -- college or NFL. The previous Michigan Stadium attendance record was 112, 118. Today marks the 217th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan improved its record in season openers to an impressive 108-20-3, including a 92-15-2 mark in season openers at home.
The Wolverines improved to 108-18-2 all-time in home openers.
Today's game marked Michigan's first-ever appearance against Connecticut. The Wolverines are 15-6-1 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference. Head coach Rich Rodriguez improved to 5-0 against Connecticut.
In addition to season captains Mark Moundros and Stephen Schilling, Michigan's game captains against Connecticut were fifth-year senior right tackle Perry Dorrestein and fifth-year senior defensive tackle Greg Banks.
The Wolverines were led on the field by Brock Mealer, brother of junior/sophomore offensive guard Elliott Mealer, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident on Dec. 24, 2007. Joined by Elliot, brother David and mother Shelly, Mealer walked to the banner at midfield.
Seven Michigan players earned their first collegiate start: fifth-year senior defensive tackle Greg Banks, sophomore/freshman safety Cameron Gordon, sophomore/freshman Brendan Gibbons, freshman punter Will Hagerup, freshman lineback Carvin Johnson, senior/junior fullback John McColgan and sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson
Twenty-one Wolverines made their collegiate debut today. In addition to Cameron Gordon, Gibbons, Hagerup and Johnson, freshman cornerback Courtney Avery, freshman defensive end Jibreel Black, freshman cornerback Cullen Christian, freshman holder Drew Dileo, sophomore/freshman safety Vlad Emilien, sophomore/freshman Jeremy Gallon, freshman quarterback Devin Gardner, sophomore/freshman linebacker Thomas Gordon, freshman receiver Jeremy Jackson, freshman safety Marvin Robinson, sophomore/freshman offensive tackle Michael Scholfield, freshman cornerback Terrence Talbott, freshman safety Ray Vinopal and sophomore/freshman guard Quinton Washington also saw playing time against Connecticut.
With Denard Robinson's start at quarterback, Michigan has started four different quarterbacks in the last four season openers. Robinson joins sophomore Tate Forcier (2009), Nick Sheridan (2008) and Chad Henne (2007).
Robinson rushed for 197 yards on 29 carries and completed 19-of-22 passes for 186 yards, contributing to 383 of Michigan's 473 total yards. He tallied one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown. Robinson's 197 rushing yards are the most by a Michigan quarterback in program history, surpassing Steve Smith, who rushed for 147 yards on four carries at Minnesota on Nov. 12, 1983.
Robinson's 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the third-longest rush of his career. He previously ran for 43 yards in last season's opener against Western Michigan (Sept. 5, 2009) and rushed 36 yards against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19, 2009). All three have been for touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Vincent Smith scored the Wolverines' first touchdown of 2010, rushing for 12 yards to cap Michigan's 96-yard opening drive. It was the fourth touchdown of Smith's collegiate career and second rushing touchdown. He added a receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 11-yard reception from Denard Robinson. It was the first multi-touchdown performance of Smith's collegiate career.
Sophomore/freshman kicker Brendan Gibbons tallied his first collegiate point with the point after on Michigan's opening touchdown. Gibbons was 3-for-4 on extra-point attempts. He converted his first collegiate field goal -- on a 24-yard attempt -- on the Wolverines' first drive of the second half.
Sophomore/freshman safety Cameron Gordon registered his first career blocked field-goal attempt in first quarter.
Junior running back Michael Shaw registered his fourth career touchdown -- and third rushing touchdown -- with a three-yard run in the second quarter.
Freshman punter Will Hagerup recorded a 51-yard punt to the Connecticut 23 on his first collegiate punt late in the second quarter.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Obi Ezeh picked up his third career fumble recovery late in the third quarter, returning it seven yards to the Michigan 14. The fumble was forced by junior/sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd.
Junior/sophomore receiver Terrence Robinson registered a career-long 43-yard catch -- on his second career reception -- in the fourth quarter. It was also a career-long pass for Denard Robinson. His previous long was 36 yards against Delaware State (Oct. 17, 2009).
The Wolverines boasted four scoring drives of more than 70 yards -- 96, 77, 74 and 89.
Michigan and Connecticut posted just three combined penalties and one turnover. The Wolverines took one penalty -- for 13 yards -- and committed no turnovers. The last time Michigan did not commit a turnover was against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 6, 2008.
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