Sept. 24, 2011
Today's announced attendance of 110,707 marks the 234th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 2-0 in all-time series against San Diego State. The Wolverines are 3-1 all-time against teams from the Mountain West Conference.
Head coach Brady Hoke became the third coach in Michigan program history to defeat a team that he coached the previous season. Fielding Yost beat Stanford, 49-0, in 1901, while Harry Kipke defeated Michigan State, 17-0, in 1929.
Former Wolverine Leo Koceski (1948-50) was honored in the first quarter as part of U-M's weekly "Legends of the Game" recognition.
In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, senior/junior safety Matt Cavanaugh served as an honorary senior game captain against Eastern Michigan.
Michigan swept its non-conference opposition for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines' last non-conference loss came against Toledo on Oct. 11, 2008 (L, 13-10).
Michigan lost the turnover battle for the first time this week as San Diego State edged U-M, 4-3. The Wolverines still hold a +5 turnover differential on the season. U-M was -10 in 13 games last season.
Michigan has followed an opponent's turnover with a touchdown in all four games this season. The Wolverines have scored five touchdowns off its 12 total forced turnovers this season.
The Wolverines are 13-for-13 (12 TD, 1 FG) in the red zone this season.
The last time Michigan held an opponent scoreless through the opening half was the 2009 season opener against Western Michigan (Sept. 5, 2009). U-M led 31-0 at halftime and went on to a 31-7 victory in that contest.
The Wolverines snapped San Diego State's seven-game streak of scoring at least 14 points in the first quarter.
Michigan scored in the first quarter for the first time this season. The Wolverines also took the first lead of the game for the first time this season.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 8-of-17 passes for 93 yards and carried the ball 21 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. It was Robinson's third career 200-yard rushing game and matched his career best for rushing touchdowns.
Robinson is one of only three Wolverine players to register three or more 200-yard rushing games in program history. Mike Hart (2004-07) owns the record with five, while Ron Johnson (1966-68) also boasts three 200-yard games.
Robinson also boasts three straight 100-yard rushing games and 12 in his career. He is tied with Chris Perry (2000-03) in the 10th spot among Michigan's career 100-yard game leaders.
It was Robinson's seventh career game with multiple rushing touchdowns and his first since scoring two against Wisconsin last season (Nov. 20, 2010). He previously rushed for three touchdowns last season at Penn State (Oct. 30, 2010).
Robinson upped his career rushing touchdowns to 24 and moved into a three-way tie for 15th among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. He shares the spot with Lawrence Ricks (1979-82) and Tim Biakabutuka (1993-95).
Robinson also moved to sixth career total offensive yards (5,887) and 13th in career rushing yards (2,605). He now ranks among Michigan's top 15 leaders in all major career offensive records.
Robinson passed Illinois' Juice Williams (2,557, 2006-09) to move into the second spot among the Big Ten Conference's career leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback. He needs 1,290 yards to reach the top spot, currently held by Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895, 1998-2001).
|Yards||Name||Years||3,895||Antwaan Randle El, Indiana||1998-01|
|2,605||Denard Robinson, U-M||2009-current|
|2,557||Juice Williams, Illinois||2006-09|
|2,176||Rick Leach, U-M||1975-78|
|2,164||Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State||2008-10|
Robinson's 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter is his longest run of the season.
Junior running back Vincent Smith carried the ball nine times for 47 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 receiving yards. Smith's touchdown, which came on a seven-yard rush in the fourth quarter, was his first rushing touchdown of the season and seventh of his career.
Smith also registered a career-long 32-yard reception late in the third quarter. Smith's previous long was 21 yards, which he recorded twice, most recently against Notre Dame on Sept. 10.
Michigan scored four rushing touchdowns for the first time since its triple-overtime victory against Illinois last season (Nov. 6, 2010).
Michigan forced a three-and-out on an opponent's opening drive for the first time this season. Western Michigan and Notre Dame both scored touchdowns on their opening drive, while Eastern Michigan went 55 yards before fumbling the ball.
Junior/sophomore safety Thomas Gordon secured his second career fumble recovery in the first quarter. It was his second in as many weeks; he also boasted his first career interception last week.
Junior defensive end Craig Roh posted two tackles, both for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. It was his third career sack and his third career forced fumble. He matched his career high for TFL.
Sophomore/freshman linebacker Jake Ryan registered a career-best two fumble recoveries; he entered the game with none in his career.
Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen surpassed 100 career tackles with two against San Diego State. He owns 101 tackles over his four seasons.