Nov. 12, 2011
Today's honorary captain was junior quarterback Denard Robinson.
The announced crowd of 60,670 fans was a sellout at Memorial Stadium.
Michigan improved its record in the series to 68-23-2. U-M is 34-12-1 in Champaign and 31-11-1 at Memorial Stadium.
U-M secondary coach Curt Mallory spent five seasons as a coach for the Fighting Illini. The former Wolverine coached the Illinois secondary from 2005-09. He was the co-defensive coordinator from 2007-09.
U-M outgained Illinois 172-13 in the first quarter and 249-30 in the first half. For the game Michigan amassed 362 yards to Illinois' 214.
Against the Big Ten's top rushing defense, the Wolverines gained 223 yards on 48 carries. The Illini were allowing just 102.9 yards per game on the ground.
Michigan scored on the opening drive of the game for the sixth time in the past seven games. The only time Michigan did not score on its first possession was last week at Iowa.
Junior/sophomore Fitzgerald Toussaint set career highs for carries (27) and rushing yards (192) and rushed for his seventh touchdown of the season. Toussaint surpassed the 100-yard barrier in the first quarter, finishing the opening stanza with 121 yards on nine carries.
Toussaint's 65-yard run on the game's second play was the longest carry of his career. His previous long run was 61 yards against Bowling Green last year.
Junior quarterback Denard Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, the eighth time of his career he has had multiple TD runs in a game. In doing so he moved up to sixth place on U-M's career rushing touchdown list. His 31 scores are tied with Steve Smith (1980-83). He passed Billy Taylor (1969-71) and Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon (1938-40), who each had 30 career TD runs.
With 30 rushing yards, Robinson moved into 13th place on the NCAA career rushing list among quarterbacks (2,963). Robinson passed Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (2,948) and Florida's Tim Tebow (2,947).
Senior tight end Kevin Koger made a 40-yard, season-long reception in the second quarter. Koger caught two passes for 42 yards against the Illini.
Fifth-year senior Junior Hemingway led U-M with three catches for 43 yards. He now has 1,496 career receiving yards, moving him past Jim Mandich (1967-69) into 19th place in U-M annals.
Senior wide receiver Martavious Odoms made the third touchdown catch of his career on a 27-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Devin Gardner in the fourth quarter. It was Gardner's second career touchdown pass.
Michigan held Illinois to 37 yards rushing on 33 carries in the game.
Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen tallied a career-high 2.5 sacks.
During the second quarter senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs forced a fumble for the second time this season and fifth time in his career.
Thomas Gordon made his team-leading fourth fumble recovery at 5:33 of the second quarter. He is tied for second nationally with four recoveries this season.
Senior/junior cornerback J.T. Floyd made his second interception of the season and the third of his career. He returned his fourth-quarter pick 43 yards to set up U-M's third touchdown of the game.
Senior/junior linebacker Kenny Demens ended an Illinois possession with his second career sack. Demens picked up his only previous sack earlier in the year at Northwestern.
Fifth-year senior fullback John McColgan recovered a muffed punt at the Illini 32-yard line at 7:23 of the third quarter. It led to a 27-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons that gave U-M a 17-0 lead.
Jeremy Gallon set up Michigan's second touchdown of the game with a 32-yard, career-long punt return during the waning minutes of the first quarter.
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