Offensive Outburst Allows Michigan to Hold Off UMass

Sept. 18, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #20 Michigan 42, Massachusetts 37
Records: U-M (3-0), Massachusetts (2-1)
Attendance: 110,187 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Sept. 25 -- vs. Bowling Green (Michigan Stadium), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) threw two touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) in a 45-second span late in the first half and junior superback Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) rushed for a career-high 126 yards and three scores as the University of Michigan football team (No. 20 AP/No. 22 USA Today) held off Massachusetts (No. 18 FCS), 42-37, on Saturday (Sept. 18) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines marched into the end zone on five consecutive possessions between the second and fourth quarters, eclipsing 500 total yards of offense for the second week in a row (525).

Robinson had 345 yards of the team's total offense, going 10-of-14 for 241 passing yards and two touchdowns and rushing 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Stonum and Shaw each set new single-game personal bests by surpassing 100 yards in receiving and rushing, respectively, for the first time in their collegiate careers. Stonum caught three passes for 121 yards and a career-best two scores, including a 66-yard touchdown reception. Shaw carried the football 12 times for 126 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, finishing with a 10.5 yards-per-carry average.

Junior/sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs led the Michigan defense with his second straight double-digit tackle performance, recording 11 stops, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also broke up a two-point conversion attempt with 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fifth-year senior linebackers Obi Ezeh (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and senior linebacker Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice) combined for 16 tackles, nine and seven, respectively, with Ezeh assisting on a tackle for loss. Junior nose tackle Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Catholic Central) posted a season-high six tackles, two TFLs and his fifth career sack, while junior/sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann) had a career-high eight stops.

After Massachusetts made a 29-yard field goal for a 3-0 advantage on the opening possession, the Maize and Blue responded two possessions later with an eight-play, 93-yard touchdown drive. Robinson amassed 67 total offensive yards -- 59 passing and eight rushing -- in the series. Facing third-and-11 near midfield, senior/junior slot receiver Kelvin Grady (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) caught a 43-yard pass -- a career long -- to place Michigan inside the UMass 10-yard line. Two plays later, Shaw rushed up the middle for a one-yard score to give the Wolverines a 7-3 lead with 3:35 remaining in the opening frame.

The Minutemen regained the lead on the following drive with a 10-yard touchdown run by running back Jonathan Hernandez to go up 10-7 early in the second quarter. Hernandez added to Massachusetts' lead with his second touchdown, a nine-yard rush, to make the score 17-7 with 1:17 remaining in the first half.

Michigan struck back on the very next play from scrimmage as Robinson threw a screen pass to Stonum, who used his speed to elude defenders and race 66 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. The scoring play was a career-long for both Robinson and Stonum, cutting the Michigan deficit to 17-14.

Two plays into the Minutemen's next drive, Kovacs forced and recovered a fumble near midfield, allowing senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS) to bring down a 36-yard reception inside the UMass red zone. Three plays later, Robinson, who went 3-of-4 for 51 yards on the drive, threw his second touchdown pass to Stonum -- a nine-yard completion -- to give U-M a 21-17 halftime lead.

Shaw opened the second half with a bang, taking a handoff from Robinson and sprinting 34 yards up the middle for his second touchdown of the contest. The Wolverines reached midfield on the second play of the drive on a career-long 15-yard end-around rush by Grady. Shaw touched the ball twice for 43 yards on the next four Michigan plays with the last one resulting in the score. The six-play, 69-yard drive gave Michigan its first double-digit lead of the contest, 28-17, with 12:29 remaining in the third quarter.

Robinson and sophomore superback Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS) were responsible for every yard of the Wolverines' eight-play, 94-yard touchdown drive with 6:18 remaining in the third frame to make the score 35-17. Robinson rushed three times for 21 yards and completed his only pass attempt to Stonum for 46 yards, while Smith had four carries for 27 yards. Robinson capped off the drive with an eight-yard designed keeper to the left for his third touchdown and first rushing score.

After the Minutemen scored on a seven-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Kyle Havens, the Wolverines scored on their fifth straight possession to extend their lead to 42-24 as Shaw recorded his third rushing touchdown with 11:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. Shaw exploded for a career-long 50-yard rush on the first play of the drive to put Michigan just outside the Massachusetts' red zone, putting him over 100 yards rushing on the day. Shaw and Smith each got two carries for 11 yards on the next four plays, with Shaw diving across the goal line for a four-yard score to cap off the drive.

UMass added two touchdowns in the last 5:15 of regulation to make it a one-possession game, but the Minutemen's onside kick went out of bounds, and Michigan ran out the clock.

The Wolverines complete their two-game home stand against Bowling Green next Saturday (Sept. 25) at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN/ESPN2 with the kickoff slated at noon.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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