Oct. 13, 2012
Today's announced attendance of 110,922 marks the 241st consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 69-23-2 in the all-time series against Illinois, including a sterling 42-6-2 in the last 50 meetings. Michigan also improved to 85-28-2 in annual Homecoming Games.
Today's win is Michigan's 11th straight victory at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines have not lost at home since falling to Ohio State on Nov. 27, 2010.
President Gerald Ford, who played for Michigan from 1932-34, was honored before the game as the fourth player in program history to receive the "Michigan Football Legend" designation. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard was the inaugural Michigan Football Legend, honored in 2011 prior to the Notre Dame night game, while Bennie Oosterbaan and Ron Kramer were recognized before U-M's 2012 home game vs. Air Force and Massachusetts, respectively.
In honor of Ford, sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan switched from No. 44 to No. 48 for the remainder of his career. A patch over the left upper chest will be affixed to the No. 48 jersey worn by Morgan and all other future players donning Ford's jersey number. Ford's No. 48 was previously retired in 1994.
The Wolverines recorded their first shutout since defeating Minnesota, 58-0, on Oct. 1, 2011.
The 45-0 win marks Michigan's third-largest margin of victory over Illinois in series history and the largest since U-M defeated the Fighting Illini 70-21 in 1981. The Wolverines boast 22 shutout wins in the series.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 7-of-11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 11 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns. It was also his 10th career game with at least four touchdowns.
Robinson boasts 41 career rushing touchdowns, moving to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He is tied with Mike Hart (2004-07) and needs six more to reach the second spot, currently held by Tyrone Wheatley (47, 1991-94). Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) holds the program record with 55.
With 49 career passing touchdowns, Robinson moved to fourth among Michigan's leaders in the category, passing Rick Leach (48, 1975-78). He needs 22 more to reach the third spot, currently held by Elvis Grbac (71, 1989-92).
Robinson became the eighth player in NCAA history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns in his career. The last player to accomplish the feat was Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (2007-10).
RUSHED FOR 40 TOUCHDOWNS AND PASSED FOR 40 TOUCHDOWNS
|Player||Team||Seasons||Rushing TDs||Pass TDs|
|Antwaan Randle El||Indiana||1998-01||44||42|
|Josh Harris||Bowling Green||2000-03||43||55|
|Pat White||West Virginia||2005-08||47||56|
|Dan LeFevour||Central Mich.||2006-09||47||102|
Big Ten Career Total Offense Leaders
|1.||12,692||Drew Brees, Purdue||1997-00|
|2.||11,790||Adam Weber, Minnesota||2007-10|
|3.||11,576||Brett Basanez, Northwestern||2002-05|
|4.||11,511||Curtis Painter, Purdue||2005-08|
|5.||11,364||Antwaan Randle El, Indiana||1998-01|
|6.||10,594||Juice Williams, Illinois||2006-09|
|7.||10,254||Chuck Long, Iowa||1981-85|
|8.||10,065||Denard Robinson, U-M||2009-present|
|9.||9,653||Kyle Orton, Purdue||2001-04|
|10.||9,400||Chad Henne, U-M||2004-07|
Nine different players recorded a reception against the Fighting Illini, combining for 174 receiving yards. No player registered multiple catches today. Sophomore running back Thomas Rawls and junior/sophomore tight end Dylan Esterline both tallied their first collegiate receptions.
Sophomore/freshman quarterback Russell Bellomy and fifth-year senior quarterback Jack Kennedy both posted their first collegiate completion in the fourth quarter -- Bellomy on a eight-yard pass to junior/sophomore receiver Jerald Robinson and Kennedy on a seven-yard pass to Esterline.
Senior/junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon tied his career-long reception on a 71-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter -- his first touchdown since last season's Nebraska game (Nov. 19, 2011). It is the longest reception for a touchdown in his career and the Wolverines' longest this season. It is also Denard Robinson's second-longest touchdown pass; he previously posted a 75-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree against Illinois on Nov. 6, 2010.
With his 33-yard reception in the third quarter, fifth-year wide receiver Roy Roundtree upped his career catches to 134, moving to 10th all-time among Michigan's leaders in the category. He is tied with Desmond Howard (1989-91).
In his career, Roundtree posted 14 catches for 371 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Fighting Illini.
Senior/junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint posted a 15-yard reception -- the second-longest reception of his career -- in the third quarter. He tallied a 17-yard catch in U-M's last home game vs. Massachusetts on Sept. 15. Toussaint also recorded his 15th career rushing touchdown on a two-yard run in the third quarter.
Freshman tight end Devin Funchess registered his third career touchdown, on an eight-yard reception to the back of end zone in the third quarter.
Sophomore running back Thomas Rawls posted his second career touchdown, on a 63-yard run in the fourth quarter. He registered a career-high 90 rushing yards on nine carries. He also recorded his first career reception on a six-yard catch in the first quarter.
Sophomore/freshman running back Justice Hayes posted career highs in rushing attempts (10) and yards (62).
Fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Demens registered his first career interception, returning it 13 yards, in the third quarter.
Freshman defensive end Mario Ojemudia registered his first career fumble recovery in the third quarter and added his first career sack in the fourth.
Freshman running back Dennis Norfleet posted a career-best 42-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. His punt return average this season is 26.5 yards, while his kick return average is 23.7. It is the longest Wolverine punt return since Martavious Odoms posted a 73-yarder at Purdue on Nov. 1, 2008.
Senior/junior placekicker Brendan Gibbons was 6-for-6 on point-after-touchdown attempts against the Illini, upping his career total to 92 to move to eighth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He is tied with Peter Elezovic (1990-93) and needs just two more to reach the seventh spot, currently held by Gregg Willner (94, 1977-78).
Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan matched a career high with 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss. He also posted 11 tackles against Air Force on Sept. 8. Ryan has had a TFL in 5-of-6 games this season and 11 of last his 12 games.