Postgame Notes: #20 Michigan 45, #17 Nebraska 17

Nov. 19, 2011

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• Today's announced attendance of 113,718 marks the 237th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium. It also was the second-largest crowd in Michigan Stadium history behind the Sept. 10, 2011 game against Notre Dame (114,804).

• The Wolverines improved to 4-2-1 in the all-time series against Nebraska. Michigan and Nebraska played each other for the first time ever as conference opponents today.

• Today's win over Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents in the Big House for the Wolverines. The last U-M win over a ranked opponent at home was against Notre Dame on Sept. 12, 2009, a 38-34 victory.

• Retired Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr (1995-2007) was honored prior to the game for his induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. On Dec. 6 he will also be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

• In addition to Michigan's three permanent 2011 captains, Captain Derick Carver of the 82nd Airborne and Lance Corporal Phillip Stevens of the First Battalion, Sixth Marines -- both Purple Heart recipients -- served as honorary game captains.

• During a pregame military appreciation ceremony, fans participated in a card stunt depicting the American flag and Lloyd Carr's name and face. The Michigan football team also wore an American flag patch on the left side of its blue jerseys to honor veterans on Military Appreciation Day.

• During the first break in the game, Michigan honored former football player Bryan Williams (1994-96). Williams was commissioned into the Air Force on Friday.

• Michigan was 8-for-18 on third-down conversions against Nebraska. The Wolverine defense held Nebraska's offense to just 3-of-13 conversions on third down.

• Michigan had possession for 41:13 in the win over Nebraska. The Wolverines ran 80 plays on the game against the Cornhuskers. In the first half, the Wolverines doubled the number of plays the Cornhuskers ran, 42-21.

• Michigan was a perfect 5-for-5 in red-zone opportunities in the Nebraska win.


• Junior quarterback Denard Robinson finished the game with 83 yards on the ground, surpassing the 3,000-yard mark for his career.

• Robinson currently has 993 rushing yards this season, needing just seven yards to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season.

• Robinson accounted for four total touchdowns for the sixth time in his career.

• Robinson had 263 total yards, which was more than Nebraska had as a team (260).

• Robinson recorded his 10th career game with multiple touchdowns on the ground. His 33 career rushing scores passes former Wolverine Steve Smith (1980-83) for sixth place on the all-time Michigan rushing touchdown list.

• Robinson's 38-yard completion to Martavious Odoms was with the 35th career touchdown pass of his career, moving him into a seventh-place tie in school history with former Wolverines quarterback Tom Brady (1996-99). Robinson began the game tied with Brian Griese (33, 1994-97).

• Junior/sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint scored on the ground for the eighth and ninth times this season. He also eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in his career, finishing the game with 138 yards on a career-high 29 carries. The game marks the third multi-touchdown game of his career.

• Junior/sophomore receiver Jeremy Gallon caught his third touchdown pass of the season on a six-yard reception, tying him with fifth-year senior tight end Kevin Koger for the team lead.

• Fifth-year senior receiver Junior Hemingway moved into 17th place on the all-time Michigan list for receiving yards with a 26-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter. Hemingway has compiled 1,530 yards receiving in his career, passing Vince Bean (1,509, 1981-84) and Marcus Knight (1,508, 1996-99) on the all-time receiving yards list in today's game.

• Senior receiver Martavious Odoms caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game on a 38-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Odoms finished with a season-best 47 receiving yards.


• Michigan's defense broke up six Nebraska passes, had three sacks and six tackles-for-loss.

• Michigan's defense held Nebraska to 260 yards of total offense in today's win.

• Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen recorded two tackles (both for a loss), a sack, the fourth fumble recovery of his career and a pass breakup. He has now garnered 3.5 sacks in the last two games and seven TFLs in the last four games. He has 4.5 sacks this season.

• Van Bergen now has 112 yards lost on sacks in his career. That is good for 13th place on U-M's all-time sack yardage list.

• Senior/junior linebacker Kenny Demens had five tackles, a half-sack and a pass break-up in the Nebraska win. Demens now has 2.5 sacks in his career.

• Sophomore Courtney Avery made the second fumble recovery of his career. Avery recovered his first earlier this season against Minnesota (Oct. 1, 2011) and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown. Avery also finished with a TFL and pass breakup.

• Senior/junior Jordan Kovacs led the Wolverines with seven tackles, one of which was a tackle for loss. Kovacs now has 60 tackles on the season and 251 in his career.

• Sophomore/freshman Jake Ryan forced a fumble and had a half-sack in the Nebraska win.


• Junior/sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons hit a career-long 42-yard field goal with 2:03 left in the first quarter. His previous long was a 38-yarder against Minnesota (Oct. 1, 2011).

• Senior/junior Terrence Robinson had the first forced fumble of his career on the opening kickoff of the second half.

• Senior/junior Floyd Simmons' forced fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff was the third of his career. His last came against Notre Dame (Sept. 10, 2011). Senior J.B. Fitzgerald recovered the ball for his first career fumble recovery.

• Sophomore/freshman Josh Furman blocked a punt in the third quarter for the first blocked punt of his career and the first for the team this season. Brandon Graham recorded Michigan's last blocked punt on Oct. 31, 2009 at Illinois.

• Michigan is 2-for-2 on fake field goals this season, with both first-down runs coming from sophomore Drew Dileo.

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