Sept. 11, 2011
Today's announced crowd of 114,804 sets the all-time attendance record for a football game -- college or NFL -- and breaks the Michigan Stadium attendance record. The previous Michigan Stadium record was 113,411, established at last year's Big Chill at the Big House ice hockey game. Today marks the 232nd consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 23-15-1 in all-time series against Notre Dame. Michigan has won the last three meetings on touchdown scores in the final 30 seconds. It is the Wolverines' longest winning streak in the series since winning eight in a row from 1887-1908.
Michigan's 17-point comeback against Notre Dame tied for the third-biggest comeback in U-M history and tied for the second-biggest comeback in Michigan Stadium.
Biggest Comebacks in U-M History
|21 points||at Minnesota||trailed 28-7, won 38-25||Oct. 10, 2003|
|19 points||vs. Wisconsin||trailed 19-0, won 27-25||Sept. 27, 2008|
|17 points||vs. Michigan State||trailed 27-10, won 45-37 (3OT)||Oct. 30, 2004|
|17 points||vs. Virginia||trailed 17-0, won 18-17||Aug. 26, 1995|
|17 points||vs. Notre Dame||trailed 24-7, won 35-31||Sept. 10, 2011|
Former Wolverine standout and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (1988-91) was honored before the game as the first player in program history to receive the "Michigan Football Legend" designation.
Another Wolverine Heisman winner, Charles Woodson (1995-97), was also introduced, while Michigan's 1971 Big Ten championship team was honored on the field during the first quarter.
In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, senior linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald served as an honorary senior game captain against Notre Dame.
Senior/junior right guard Ricky Barnum, sophomore safety Marvin Robinson and freshman linebacker Desmond Morgan all earned their first collegiate starts tonight against Notre Dame. Morgan and sophomore/freshman wide receiver Jerald Robinson both made their collegiate debuts today.
Michigan won the turnover battle for the second week in a row, edging the Irish, 5-3. The Wolverines now hold a plus-5 turnover differential on the season.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 11 of 24 passes for a career-best 338 passing yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. His previous highs in passing yards (305) and passing touchdowns (3) were both recorded in last season's triple-overtime victory over Illinois (Nov. 6, 2010). He also recorded three passing touchdowns against Indiana (Oct. 2, 2010).
Robinson has boasted 948 total yards in his last two appearances against Notre Dame. He recorded 502 yards -- 258 rushing, 244 passing -- in last season's game in South Bend (Sept. 11, 2010).
Robinson's rushing effort against the Irish was his 10th career 100-yard rushing game. He becomes the 15th Wolverine player to hit double-digit 100-yard rushing games in program history. It was also his seventh career game with more than 100 yards pass and 100 yards rushing.
Robinson moved to the third spot among the Big Ten Conference's career leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback. He needs 350 yards to reach the second spot, currently held by Illinois' Juice Williams (2,557, 2006-09).
3,895, Antwaan Randle El, Indiana (1998-01)
2,557, Juice Williams, Illinois (2006-09)
2,207, Denard Robinson, U-M (2009-present)
2,176, Rick Leach, U-M (1975-78)
2,164, Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (2008-10)
Robinson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was his 20th career rushing touchdown, moving him into a two-way tie -- with Brandon Minor (2006-09) -- for 17th among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category.
Robinson upped his career passing yards to 3,014 with tonight's effort and moved to the 10th spot among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. He is 1,270 yards away from the ninth position, currently held by Rick Leach (4,284, 1975-78).
Fifth-year senior wide receiver Junior Hemingway posted a career-best 165 receiving yards on three receptions. He registered catches of 43, 77 and 45 yards. It was Hemingway's fifth 100-yard receiving game. His previous career best was 134 receiving yards last season against Iowa (Oct. 16, 2010).
Hemingway recorded Michigan's first touchdown of the game -- and first receiving touchdown of the season -- on a 43-yard catch in the second quarter. It was the eighth touchdown of Hemingway's career.
Hemingway became the 28th player in Wolverine program history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in his career. He ended the game with 1,141 career receiving yards and moved to 26th on Michigan's list of all-time leaders in the category. He needs just 54 yards to reach the 25th spot, currently held by Greg Mathews (1,195, 2006-09).
Hemingway posted a career-long 77-yard reception late in the third quarter. His previous long was for 70 yards at Indiana last season (Oct. 2, 2010). Hemingway boasts 21 career receptions of 20 yards or more and a career average of 19.7 yards per reception (1,141 yards/58 receptions).
Fifth-year senior fullback John McColgan registered a 15-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. It was the second reception of his career; the first was a two-yard touchdown catch last season against Bowling Green (Sept. 25, 2010).
Junior/sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Gallon posted his second career touchdown on a 14-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Gallon's previous touchdown came on an 11-yard catch last season against Bowling Green (Sept. 25, 2010). His 64-yard reception late in the fourth quarter is a career long. His previous long was 20 yards last season against Iowa (Oct. 16, 2010). Gallon finished with two catches for 78 yards.
Junior wide receiver Vincent Smith scored his fifth career receiving touchdown on a 21-yard reception late in the fourth quarter that gave U-M its first lead, 28-24.
Senior/junior wide receiver Roy Roundtree's only catch of the game was the game-winning touchdown -- a 16-yard reception in the end zone with two seconds remaining. It was Roundtree's 11th career touchdown. He also upped his career receiving yards to 1,398 to move to 21st among Michigan's leaders in all-time receiving yards.
Senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs' second-quarter interception was his first of the season and fourth of his career.
Senior/junior cornerback J.T. Floyd posted his second career interception -- and an 18-yard return -- late in the second quarter. Both of Floyd's interceptions have come against the Notre Dame; he also recorded a second-quarter pick against the Irish last season (Sept. 11, 2010).
Junior defensive tackle Will Campbell and fifth-year senior defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen each recorded his first career fumble recovery, in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.