Oct. 1, 2011
Today's announced attendance of 111,106 marks the 235th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 71-24-3 in all-time series against Minnesota. The Wolverines have won four straight over the Golden Gophers and Michigan retains the Little Brown Jug, as it has stayed in Ann Arbor since the 2006 season.
Michigan is 67-22-3 all-time against Minnesota in games that handed out the Little Brown Jug.
Michigan scored 14 points in the first quarter in back-to-back games, against San Diego State and Minnesota. The Wolverines were held scoreless in the first quarter in the team's first three games.
Michigan recorded its first shutout since the Maize and Blue defeated Notre Dame, 38-0, on Sept. 15, 2007.
It was Michigan's first shutout of a Big Ten opponent since a 20-0 win at Penn State on Oct. 6, 2001.
Michigan won its sixth straight Big Ten Conference opener. Michigan has now won 29 of its last 30 and 42 of its last 44 Big Ten openers.
This was only the second time in school history that Michigan opened its Big Ten season against Minnesota. The Maize and Blue defeated the Golden Gophers, 20-0, on Oct. 16, 1926.
The 58-0 win over the Golden Gophers was Michigan's largest margin of victory over Minnesota in the series' history. The previous best was 51 (58-7) in 1993.
It was Michigan's first shutout of Minnesota since a 45-0 win over the Golden Gophers during the 1976 season.
Michigan's 38 first-half points are the most by a Wolverine squad since U-M scored 49 points in the first half of a 63-6 win over Delaware State on Oct. 17, 2009.
Michigan was 8-of-9 in red-zone opportunities in the Minnesota win. The Wolverines are now 21-of-22 in red zone opportunities (17 touchdowns, four field goals). U-M was in the red zone today when time expired.
Michigan will wear numbers on the side of its helmets for the remainder of the 2011 season. The Maize and Blue wore the numbers during the "Under the Lights" game against Notre Dame on Sept. 10. The Maize and Blue will still have blue facemasks, compared to the gray facemasks for the Notre Dame game.
Michigan honored John Navarre and the 2001 national championship field hockey team, as well as conference championship teams from the 2010-11 season in women's tennis, ice hockey and field hockey during the first quarter of today's game.
In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, fifth-year senior defensive end Will Heininger served as the honorary captain against Minnesota.
Michigan rushed for 363 yards. It is the third straight game the Maize and Blue has rushed for more than 300 yards. That achievement has not happen dating back to the 1987 season.
The 384 yards of offense by Michigan in the first half is the sixth-highest total in school history in the first 30 minutes of a game.
Junior running back Vincent Smith became the first running back in FBS to pass for a touchdown and have touchdowns rushing and receiving since C.J. Spiller did the trick on Nov. 14, 2009, against North Carolina State.
Smith is the fifth Big Ten player to pass for a touchdown and have touchdowns rushing and receiving since 1996.
|Vincent Smith||Oct. 1, 2011||Michigan vs. Minnesota|
|Mike Kafka||Sept. 19, 2009||Northwestern vs. Syracuse|
|Zack Mills||Sept. 4, 2004||Penn State vs. Akron|
|Kurt Kittner||Dec. 30, 1999||Illinois vs. Virginia|
|Antwan Randle El||Sept. 26, 1998||Indiana vs. Cincinnati|
Junior Vincent Smith threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Drew Dileo in the second quarter, the first touchdown pass by a non-quarterback since wide receiver Adrian Arrington threw a game-winning pass to receiver Mario Manningham against Illinois in 2007.
Junior/sophomore Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for a career-high 108 yards and a touchdown. Toussaint's previous career high was 80 yards in this year's season opener against Western Michigan.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 15-of-19 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball six times for 51 yards and a touchdown. Robinson had completions on his first 11 passes of the game.
Robinson has accounted for at least three touchdowns in each of the past four games. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another one today. Robinson now has 11 career games with at least three touchdowns combined passing and rushing.
Robinson now ranks 10th at U-M with 28 career passing touchdowns, breaking out of a 10th-place tie with John Wangler (1976-80). He is now three touchdowns behind Jim Harbaugh (1983-86) for ninth place.
Robinson moves into 12th place all-time in career rushing yards (2,656), passing Harlan Huckleby (1975-78). He is now 95 yards behind Lawrence Ricks (1979-82) for 11th place.
Robinson also broke out of a three-way tie for 16th place in rushing touchdowns. He is tied for 14th place with Jamie Morris (1984-87) and Harlan Huckleby (1975-78) and passed Lawrence Ricks (1979-82) and Tshimanga Biakabutuka (1993-95).
Sophomore/freshman Devin Gardner set a career high with 39 yards rushing. Gardner's previous career high was 29 yards against Bowling Green on Sept. 25, 2010. Gardner also tied a career high with six rushing attempts.
Senior tight end Kevin Koger posted his seventh career touchdown reception and first touchdown catch since the win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 17, 2011.
Freshman Thomas Rawls carried the ball 10 times for 73 yards in the Minnesota win. It is a career high for the freshman, whose previous high was four against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 17.
The Michigan defense held Minnesota to just 177 yards of total offense. The last time the Wolverines held their opponent to less than 200 yards was against Minnesota on Nov. 8, 2008, when the Golden Gophers had 188 total yards. Michigan allowed just 79 yards against Notre Dame on Sept. 15, 2007, the last time a U-M defense held its opponent to less than 100 yards of offense.
Michigan's defense held Minnesota to -1 yards rushing and four total yards in the first quarter.
Sophomore Courtney Avery returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his first career fumble recovery and tied a Michigan record for the longest fumble recovery for a touchdown. Leon Hall returned a loose ball 83 yards for a touchdown at Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2005.
Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen had his 10th career sack.
Freshman defensive back Blake Countess recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter. Countess also had two pass break-ups in the game.
Sophomore defensive back Carvin Johnson had his first career fumble recovery.
Junior/sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons kicked a career-high 38-yard field goal in the third quarter. His previous career high was 24 yards against Connecticut on Sept. 4, 2010, which he eclipsed three times today with field goals of 25, 32 and 38 yards.
The last time a Michigan kicker made three field goals in a game was Nov. 8, 2008, when K.C. Lopata made five field goals at Minnesota.