Postgame Notes: #12 Michigan 42, Northwestern 24
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Oct. 9, 2011

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TEAM
• Michigan leads the series against Northwestern at 53-15-2. In Evanston, U-M is 20-7-0.

• First-year head coach Brady Hoke moves to 6-0 in his Michigan career. He becomes the first coach to start his career 6-0 since Bennie Oosterbaan went 9-0 in his first season in 1948.

Michigan is 6-0 for the first time since 2006.

• Michigan converted on five of its six trips inside the red zone. Each score was a touchdown. For the season, U-M is 26-for-28 in the red zone. Twenty-two of the scores are for touchdowns.

• Michigan was 14-for-17 on third downs, improving its season mark to 39-for-68 (57 percent).

• Michigan possessed the ball for 37:57, including 12:28 in the third quarter.

• In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, fifth-year senior corner back Tony Anderson served as the honorary captain against Northwestern.

OFFENSE
Michigan racked up 541 yards of total offense, eclipsing 500 yards for the second straight week. U-M had a season-best 580 yards against Minnesota last week.

Michigan scored the final 28 points of the game after trailing 24-14 at halftime. U-M has scored 114 second-half points, compared to 21 points against. From the second quarter on, U-M has outscored opponents 193-40.

• Robinson has accounted for at least three touchdowns in each of the past five games. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more today. Robinson has 12 career games with at least three touchdowns combined passing and rushing.

Robinson boosted his total offense yardage to 6,661, which puts him third all-time at U-M behind Chad Henne (2004-07) and John Navarre (2000-03).

• Robinson moved into 11th place all-time in career rushing yards (2,773). He is 37 yards behind Tim Biakabutuka (1993-95) for 10th place.

• Robinson notched his 13th career game with 100 yards rushing (117). He is tied with three other players for seventh place

• Robinson's 26th and 27th career rushing touchdowns moved him past Ron Johnson (1966-68), Ed Shuttlesworth (1971-73) and Rob Lytle (1973-76) into sole possession of 11th place in career touchdowns. He needs one more to tie for 10th place.

• Robinson was one yard shy of tying his career high for single-game passing yards. He was 17-for-26 for 337 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for 338 yards against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011.

Roy Roundtree set season highs for catches (3) and yards (83). He improved his career yardage to 1,496, which ranks 18th all-time.

Junior Hemingway made five catches for 124 yards, his sixth career 100-yard receiving game, which is tied for ninth in U-M annals. He has 1,330 career yards, which are 23rd all-time.

• Tight end Steve Watson made his first career start and tallied a touchdown on his first career catch, a nine-yard reception in the first quarter.

Jeremy Gallon made the longest touchdown reception of his career, scoring from 25 yards out. He has three career receiving scores.

DEFENSE
• Michigan forced its 16th and 17th turnovers of season. Brandin Hawthorne made his first career interception and U-M's fifth of the season. Thomas Gordon forced and recovered a fumble -- U-M's 12th on the season. Gordon has three fumble recoveries in 2011.

• Michigan held its opponent scoreless in the second half for the second week in a row and fourth time in six games. U-M has given up just 21 points in the second half this season.

• The Wolverines set a season high with four sacks. Kenny Demens and Will Campbell each recorded the first sack of their careers. Jordan Kovacs had a sack, while Ryan Van Bergen and Craig Roh combined for the other.

• Michigan had five tackles-for-loss. In addition to the four sacks, Jordan Kovacs added another TFL.


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