Nov. 6, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: Michigan 67, Illinois 65 (3OT)
Records: U-M (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten), Illinois (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten)
Attendance: 111,441 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 13 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior superback Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) bulldozed his way into the end zone for one-yard touchdown, before senior/junior wideout Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway) caught the two-point conversion and the University of Michigan football team stopped Illinois' two-point try in triple overtime to pull out a 67-65 win on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 6) at Michigan Stadium.
After the Fighting Illini cut the Wolverines' lead to two with a three-yard touchdown rush in the third overtime, the Wolverine defense came with a full-out blitz, forcing the Illinois quarterback to throw a pass as he was falling down that harmlessly hit the ground, signaling the Michigan victory.
The offensive outburst broke Michigan records for most combined points in a single game (132), most combined total yardage in a single game (1,237), most individual receiving yards in a single game -- 246 by junior/sophomore slot receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) -- and most passing yards in a half -- 262 by sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach). Roundtree caught touchdown passes of 75 and 33 yards in a first half that featured a 31-31 halftime score, including 25 and 24 points scored in the second quarter by Illinois and Michigan, respectively.
Robinson completed 10-of-20 passes for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns and had 19 carries for 62 yards. Shaw matched a career high with three rushing touchdowns -- two of which came in overtime (first and third) -- on nine carries for 44 yards. Hemingway grabbed six passes for 104 yards and two scores, including a TD in the second OT, in addition to the game-winning two-point conversion. Freshman superback Stephen Hopkins carried the ball five times for a career-high 45 yards and a touchdown, including a career-long 32-yard rush.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton had a career-high 14 tackles, including one for a loss, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Junior/sophomore middle linebacker Kenny Demens (Oak Park, Mich./Detroit Country Day) recorded double-digit tackles for the second consecutive week (10) and his first career pass breakup in his third career start.
The Wolverines scored on the first play from scrimmage to take an early 7-0 lead as Robinson faked the handoff, causing the Illinois safeties to bite and leaving Roundtree wide open on a seam route up the middle for a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception. A flurry of turnovers -- three by the Wolverines and one by the Illini -- in a four-minute span allowed Illinois to take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
A program-record 49 points were scored in the second quarter, with U-M scoring touchdowns on a fourth-down, 33-yard catch and run by Roundtree, a four-yard rush by Hopkins and a tackle-breaking, 45-yard reception by Hemingway. Both teams added field goals in the final minute for a 31-31 tie at halftime.
The Wolverines took advantage of the Illini's missed 39-yard field goal attempt with an 18-yard touchdown burst by Shaw up the middle for a 38-31 lead with 7:36 left in the third quarter. Illinois capitalized on a Michigan fumble and scored 14 points -- a 27-yard touchdown pass and one-yard rush -- in the first 3:30 of the fourth quarter to take a 45-38 lead. With sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) at the helm, the Michigan offense drove 80 yards in 12 plays to tie the game at 45 apiece with 1:47 left in the regulation. On third-and-four at the Illinois nine-yard line, Forcier rolled out the pocket to the left and threw a bullet to Stonum in the end zone. Both teams had opportunities to win the game in regulation, but offensive miscues ended the threats and forced Michigan's first overtime this season.
The Wolverines started with the football in the first overtime period. Forcier connected with Hemingway for a 13-yard completion on third-and-four to set up a Shaw five-yard rushing touchdown two plays later. Michigan had an opportunity to win the game in the first overtime, but Illinois scored a one-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal to extend the contest. After the Fighting Illini scored on the first play of the second overtime period, Hemingway snagged a tipped pass on a nine-yard throw from Forcier, setting up the dramatic third-overtime victory for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines travel to West Lafayette, Ind., next Saturday (Nov. 13) to face Purdue. The game is slated to kick off at noon and will be televised on Big Ten Network.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423