Oct. 15, 2011
Today was Michigan's first game of the season against a ranked opponent (23rd-ranked MSU).
The announced crowd for today's game was 77,515 fans at Spartan Stadium.
Today's honorary game captain was Michigan native Zac Johnson (Morenci).
The Wolverines have a 35-23-2 record all-time against the Spartans when the Bunyan Trophy is up for grabs.
The Wolverines fell to 68-32-5 all-time against the Spartans. U-M is 18-12-1 at Spartan Stadium.
The Wolverines wore legacy road uniforms for the game with Michigan State. It was the first time that U-M wore all white road uniforms since the 1976 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.
The team with more rushing yards has won 39 of the last 42 games. MSU outgained U-M on the ground 213-82.
Michigan scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game for the fourth straight contest.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson scored on a 15-yard run on the opening drive. It is the sixth straight game that Robinson has reached the end zone on a running play.
With his touchdown run on the opening series, Denard Robinson tied Gordon Bell (1973-75) for 10th place on Michigan's career rushing touchdown list. The two players are tied with 28 career rushing scores.
Robinson moved past Tshimanga Biakabutuka (1993-95) and into 10th place on Michigan's career rushing list. Robinson has 2,815 rushing yards.
Robinson became the 10th quarterback in school history to pass for 4,000 career yards with his nine-yard pass to Junior Hemingway on the opening drive of the game.
Robinson threw his 31st career touchdown pass to tie Jim Harbaugh (1983-86) for ninth all-time at Michigan.
Junior wide receiver Roy Roundtree caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Denard Robinson with 9:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was Roundtree's 12th career touchdown and first since the game-winner against Notre Dame on Sept. 10.
Roundtree led the receiving effort with four receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown against the Spartans. Roundtree moved from 18th to 16th on Michigan's career receiving yardage list, passing Vince Bean (1981-84) and Marcus Knight (1996-99). Roundtree has 1,562 career receiving yards.
With his 29-yard reception at the end of the first quarter, Junior Hemingway leads the team with eight catches of 20 yards or better this season. Twenty-five (25) of his 72 career receptions have been 20 yards or more.
Senior/junior J.T. Floyd forced the second fumble of his career, knocking the ball loose from Keshawn Martin in the fourth quarter.
Senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs recovered the Spartans' second fumble of the game at the MSU 32-yard line with 9:36 left in the contest. It was Kovacs' second career fumble recovery.
Junior/sophomore safety Thomas Gordon, who led U-M with eight tackles, forced a Spartan turnover in the third quarter by stripping Edwin Baker. It was the second straight game that Gordon has forced a fumble.
Freshman linebacker Desmond Morgan gained Michigan's first turnover of the game at 6:08 of the third quarter. It was Morgan's first career fumble recovery.
Junior/sophomore linebacker Cam Gordon returned to the lineup after missing the first six games. He made a tackle on the opening kickoff following the touchdown.
The Spartans' third-quarter touchdown was the first TD allowed by the Wolverines in the second half since the third quarter of the San Diego State game.
Michigan forced the 13th and 14th fumbles of the season, giving U-M 19 takeaways in seven games. U-M generated 19 turnovers in 13 games in 2010.
Junior defensive end Craig Roh collected two tackles-for-loss against the Spartans. He leads the team with 6.5 TFLs this season.
Freshman cornerback Blake Countess finished the game with six tackles and led the team with five stops at halftime.
The Wolverines faked a field goal on the opening series of the game and converted on a three-yard run by Drew Dileo. It was the first trick play on special teams this season for Michigan.
Sophomore punter Will Hagerup had four of his seven punts downed inside the 20-yard line (10, 5, 5, 15), including three of four during the opening half.