Sept. 17, 2011
Today's announced attendance of 110,343 marks the 233rd consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 10-0 in all-time series against Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines are 29-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Head coach Brady Hoke improved to 5-2 against EMU.
Former Wolverine All-American Jon Jansen (1995-98) was in attendance today as the Big Ten Network's sideline reporter. He was also honored on the field during the first quarter.
In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, fifth-year senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk served as an honorary senior game captain against Eastern Michigan.
Junior linebacker Brandin Hawthorne earned his first collegiate start today against EMU. He led the Wolverines with a career-best 10 tackles. After entering the season with one career tackle, Hawthorne has posted 16 tackles in his last two games.
Four Wolverine players made their collegiate debut against Eastern Michigan -- freshman cornerback Raymon Taylor, freshman running back Thomas Rawls, junior/sophomore offensive guard Erik Gunderson and sophomore/freshman offensive guard Joey Burzynski.
Eastern Michigan's three points are the fewest points allowed by Michigan in four seasons, dating back to a 38-0 shutout against Notre Dame on Sept. 15, 2007. The Wolverines also held Eastern Michigan to 29 passing yards -- the lowest total for a U-M opponent since Rice recorded 15 passing yards on Sept. 11, 1999.
Michigan won the turnover battle for the third consecutive week, edging EMU, 2-1. The Wolverines now hold a +6 turnover differential on the season. U-M was -10 in 13 games last season.
The Wolverines are 10-for-10 (9 TD, 1 FG) in the red zone this season.
Michigan's 376 rushing yards are its greatest rushing total since registering 466 yards against Bowling Green last season (Sept 25. 2010).
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 7-of-18 passes for 95 yards and carried the ball 26 times for 198 yards and one touchdown against Eastern Michigan. It was Robinson's second straight 100-yard rushing game and the 12th of his career.
Robinson's 198 yards rushing mark the third-greatest rushing yardage of his career, trailing only efforts against Notre Dame (258 yards, Sept. 11, 2010) and Indiana (217 yards, Oct. 2, 2010).
Robinson's 52-yard run early in the second quarter was his longest of the season.
Robinson's touchdown came on an 11-yard run late in the second quarter. It was the 21st rushing touchdown of his career, giving him sole possession of the 16th spot among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. He needs three more to reach the 15th position, currently shared by Lawrence Ricks (24, 1979-82) and Tim Biakabutuka (24, 1993-95).
Robinson upped his career rushing yardage to 2,405 and climbed to the 16th position among Michigan's career rushing yards leaders. He needs just 35 yards to reach the 15th spot, currently held by Ron Johnson (2,440, 1966-68).
Robinson inched closer to the second spot among the Big Ten Conference's career leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback. He needs 152 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|
|2,405||Denard Robinson, U-M||2009-present|
|2,176||Rick Leach, U-M||1975-78|
|2,164||Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State||2008-10|
Michigan boasted multiple 100-yard rushers for the 36th time in program history. Robinson and junior running back Vincent Smith represent U-M's first 100-yard rushing duo in 13 games, dating back to last season when Michael Shaw (126) and Robinson (104) achieved the feat against Massachusetts (Sept. 18, 2010).
Smith recorded 118 rushing yards on nine carries for the second 100-yard rushing performance of his career. His career-best performance was 166 rushing yards against Delaware State on Oct. 17, 2009. Smith also surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards with the effort, wrapping the game with 1,009 career yards.
Senior tight end Kevin Koger notched Michigan's first touchdown on a 21-yard reception early in the second quarter. It was Koger's first touchdown of the season -- first since scoring on a 60-yard catch last year at Penn State (Oct. 30, 2010) -- and the sixth of his career.
Junior/sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint scored his third touchdown of the season on a one-yard rush in the third quarter. All three of Toussaint's touchdowns have come on one- or two-yard runs. He owns four career touchdowns; his first career touchdown was a five-yard rush last season against Bowling Green (Sept. 25, 2010).
Sophomore wide receiver Drew Dileo scored his first career touchdown on a 19-yard reception late in the third quarter. It was Dileo's third career reception and second of the season. His previous career long was a three-yard catch against Western Michigan on Sept. 3.
Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Jackson recorded his first reception of the season on a 12-yard catch in the fourth quarter. It was Jackson's fifth career reception; he averages 13.4 yards per catch.
Junior/sophomore safety Thomas Gordon recorded his first career fumble recovery on EMU's opening drive in the first quarter. Gordon also boasted his first career interception -- on a one-handed, over-the-shoulder grab -- in the second quarter.
Craig Roh recorded his first sack of the season -- for a six-yard loss -- midway through third quarter. It was Michigan's third sack of the year. Roh owns 3.5 career sacks.