Quick-Score Offense Leads Michigan to Triumph at Indiana

Oct. 2, 2010

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Memorial Stadium)
Score: #19 Michigan 42, Indiana 35
Records: U-M (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), Indiana (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 52,929 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Sept. 9 -- vs. Michigan State (Michigan Stadium), 3:36 p.m. (TV: ABC/ESPN)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) scored the game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run over the left end with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to give the University of Michigan football team (No. 19 AP/No. 19 Coaches) a 42-35 victory at Indiana on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 2) at Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines, who had just one of their six scoring drives last longer than two minutes, won their Big Ten opener for the third straight season under head coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Wolverines drove 73 yards in five plays and took 58 seconds for the go-ahead TD. Robinson completed a 42-yard pass down the right sideline to senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS) to the Hoosiers' four-yard line. Robinson carried the ball for eight, 17 and two yards prior to the pass play.

Robinson racked up 494 yards of total offense against the Hoosiers and had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing effort. The 494 total offensive yards are second only to his school record 502-yard effort at Notre Dame (Sept. 11, 2010). Robinson completed 10-of-16 passes for a career-best 277 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Robinson rushed 19 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior/sophomore slot receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) tied a career high with 126 yards on five receptions and one touchdown -- his second straight game with more 100 receiving yards. Sophomore superback Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS ) rushed nine times for 80 yards and scored on a 56-yard touchdown run. Hemingway caught three passes for a career-best 129 yards.

Redshirt freshman free safety Cameron Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS) led the Wolverine defensive with 15 tackles, including 12 solo and an interception returned for 19 yards. Junior/sophomore J.T. Floyd (Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann HS) added a career-high 13 tackles and fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice HS) added 12. Gordon picked up his second career interception that the offense turned into seven points. The defense made two key fourth-down stops in the second half with the Hoosiers inside U-M territory.

Indiana struck on the opening possession of the game, marching 77 yards in 11 plays for a 7-0 lead at 9:14 of the first quarter. Quarterback Ben Chappell completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Duwyce Wilson on third-and-goal.

Michigan answered immediately, scoring on its second offensive play as Robinson ran right through the middle of the defense and cut left for a 72-yard touchdown run. The first offensive play of the game was a four-yard run by Smith.

After a defensive stop, the Wolverines marched downfield in quick fashion, scoring on a five-play, 85-yard drive in 1:54. Robinson tossed the ball to Roundtree in the left flat, where he shook the defender and took the ball 32 yards for the touchdown.

Michigan was within a yard of another touchdown, but a miscue on the center-to-quarterback exchange led to a fumble on the one-yard line. U-M moved into scoring territory on a 74-yard pass play from Robinson to Roundtree to the two-yard line.

The Hoosiers then marched 99 yards for the game-tying touchdown. The scoring run came on a 22-yard run by Darius Willis as the 13-play drive consumed 5:20.

Michigan regained the lead, 21-14, with 2:43 left in the half as Robinson tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Kevin Koger (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer HS) on third-and-goal. Michigan moved 81 yards in nine plays, with Robinson completing all three passes for 24 yards and rushed the ball four times for 47 yards. Gordon changed the momentum for the Wolverines with a goal line interception and 19-yard return that gave U-M the ball back and thwarted the Hoosiers' scoring chance.

However, Indiana knotted the score at 21 apiece on the last play of the first half on a two-yard touchdown pass from Chappell to Damarlo Belcher. The Hoosiers moved 72 yards in 10 plays, with Chappell completing 6-of-7 passes for 75 yards and his second touchdown of the day.

Michigan started the second half just the way it started the game, scoring a touchdown on its second offensive play. This time, Robinson tossed a quick slant to senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS), who broke a tackle and went 70 yards for a touchdown. The scoring pass is the longest reception of Hemingway's career and the longest passing play of Robinson's career. The two-play, 72-yard scoring drive began with a two-yard run by Smith.

The Hoosiers answered two series later at the 6:55 mark of the third quarter as Darius Willis scored on a four-yard run. It was his second rushing touchdown of the contest and capped a five-play, 61-yard drive that knotted the score at 28-28.

Michigan punched back in quick order to regain the advantage, 35-28, as Smith took the handoff and went around right end for a 56-yard touchdown. Robinson tossed a 13-yard pass to Roundtree on the very next play before Smith's TD run that culminated a three-play drive.

Indiana tied the score at 35-35 with 75 seconds left in regulation on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chappell to Willis on fourth-and-five. The game-tying 13-play, 80-yard drive consumed 5:57 of the clock before the Wolverines marched downfield on their final possession to claim the victory.

Michigan returns to the Big House for its annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy with in-state rival Michigan State next Saturday (Oct. 9). The game will be broadcast regionally on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The remainder of the country that does not receive the game on ABC can view the game on ESPN (Coverage Map).

Contact: Dave Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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