Robinson Breaks Two NCAA Records, U-M Falls to No. 6 Wisconsin

Nov. 20, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #6 Wisconsin 48, Michigan 28
Records: U-M (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten), Wisconsin (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 112,276 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 27 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon (TV: ABC)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) racked up 360 yards of total offense (239 pass, 2 TDs; 121 yards, 2 TDs) to become the first NCAA quarterback to rush for 1,500 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in the same season while breaking the NCAA record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (1,538), but the University of Michigan football team could not overcome a 24-0 first-half deficit in a 48-28 loss to Wisconsin (No. 6 AP/No. 5 Coaches) on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 20) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines closed the deficit to 10 points twice in the third quarter before the Badgers used their relentless running game -- 357 yards and six touchdowns -- to pull away in the final stanza.

Junior/sophomore slot receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and junior wideout Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) were Robinson's main targets in the passing game. Roundtree surpassed 100 receiving yards (114) for the fourth time this season on seven catches and scored a touchdown, while Stonum accumulated 202 all-purpose yards -- 99 receiving on four receptions and 103 returning kickoffs -- with one receiving touchdown.

Fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice), junior/senior linebacker Kenny Demens (Oak Park, Mich./Detroit Country Day) and junior/sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) each eclipsed double-digit tackles with 13, 13 and 12 stops, respectively. Mouton also had his third career fumble recovery, and Kovacs notched his first career sack. Senior cornerback James Rogers (Madison Heights, Mich./Lamphere) tallied four tackles and an interception, his third in two games.

The Badgers used four 70-plus yard drives to post 24 unanswered points in the first half. Wisconsin's running back tandem of Montee Ball and James White scored three rushing touchdowns -- two by Ball and one by White -- and the Badgers also split the goal posts on a 25-yard field goal. The Wolverines had an opportunity to interrupt the Badgers' point streak early in the second quarter, utilizing a 29-yard designed keeper by Robinson to move into Wisconsin territory, but the 30-yard field goal try hit the right goal post. Wisconsin threatened again with less than a minute remaining in the first half, but Rogers stepped in front of a Badger wide receiver near the goal line for an interception, keeping the score at 24-0.

The Wolverines took the second-half kickoff and drove down the field in 10 plays as Robinson lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Stonum along the right sidelines to end the Badgers' streak of 24 unanswered points with 11:03 left in the third quarter. Michigan's scoring drive was highlighted by two plays: Robinson's 12-yard record-breaking scamper and a fourth-down completion to senior/junior slot receiver Kelvin Grady (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) for 12 yards.

Freshman cornerback Courtney Avery (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) forced a Wisconsin fumble on third down after the Badger receiver had moved past the first-down marker, and Mouton pounced on the loose ball. Robinson rewarded the defense's effort by connecting with Stonum on a 34-yard pass play down the middle of the field, setting up his four-yard touchdown run on the following play. Robinson's 13th rushing touchdown of the season cut Michigan's deficit to 10 points for a 24-14 score with 9:23 remaining in the third quarter.

After Wisconsin's White added his second rushing touchdown on the next drive, Robinson and Stonum put their stamp on the third consecutive touchdown drive. Stonum gave Michigan great field position near midfield with a 33-yard kickoff return. Stonum then took the Wolverines inside the Badgers' red zone with a 32-yard reception. Two plays later, Robinson rushed off the left tackle for an 11-yard touchdown -- his second of the contest -- to bring Michigan within 10 points once again with little time left in the third stanza.

The Maize and Blue tried to continue the rally with a surprise onside kick following the score, but Wisconsin jumped on the ball first. Ball then punched in his third rushing touchdown and the Badgers added a 40-yard field goal to extend their lead to 20 points. Robinson hooked up with Roundtree on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 6:07 left in the contest, but Wisconsin posted their sixth rushing touchdown on the ensuing possession for a final score of 48-28.

Michigan will travel to Columbus, Ohio, next Saturday (Nov. 27) to face Ohio State in the 107th edition of "The Game." The contest between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes is slated to kickoff at noon EST and will be nationally televised by ESPN on ABC.

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