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Postgame Notes: #17 Michigan 40, Ohio State 34
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Nov. 26, 2011

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• Today's announced attendance of 114,132 marks the 238th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium. It is the second-largest home crowd behind the Big House record of 114,804 (vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 10, 2011). Michigan's 2011 season total attendance was 897,627.

• The Wolverines improved to 58-44-6 in the all-time series against Ohio State. With the victory, Michigan snapped a seven-game OSU win streak in the series.

• Head coach Brady Hoke becomes the second Michigan coach to win at least 10 games in his first season at the helm and first since Fielding Yost won 11 games in 1901. He is the fifth Big Ten coach to win at least 10 games in his first season as head coach, joining Wisconsin's Bret Bielema (12-1, 2006), Ohio State's Earle Bruce (11-1, 1979), Yost (11-0, 1901) and Minnesota's Henry Williams (10-0-2, 1900).

• The Wolverines' 10-2 record also ties for the second-best win improvement by a first-year Michigan head coach. Yost's 1901 team had a four-win improvement (11-0) from the 1900 team that went 7-2-1, while Frank Barbour's 1892 team went 7-5 after a 4-5 season in 1891.

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• The Wolverines finished the regular season with an unprecedented 8-0 record at Michigan Stadium. The last time Michigan went undefeated at home was 2006 when it went 7-0.

• U-M's 23 seniors were honored on the field with their families prior to the game. Each was presented a Michigan football by head coach Brady Hoke.

• During the first break in the game, Michigan honored former Wolverine Billy Taylor (1969-71), who was a 1971 All-American and a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1969, '70).

• Michigan's 16 first-quarter points were its most of the season. The Wolverines' previous high in the first quarter was 14, which they tallied against Minnesota on Oct. 1.

OFFENSE

• Junior quarterback Denard Robinson completed 14-of-17 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 26 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson accounted for five total touchdowns for the third time in his career.

• Robinson is the first Michigan player in the modern era to post at least two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in back-to-back games and is the first Big Ten quarterback to accomplish the feat since Iowa's Brad Branks in 2002.

• Robinson recorded his 11th career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. He upped his career total to 36 rushing touchdowns, moving to fifth place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, breaking a tie with Rick Leach (34, 1975-78).

• Robinson moved into sixth place among Michigan's all-time passing touchdown leaders with 38. He passed Todd Collins (37, 1991-94) and needs four more to reach the fifth spot, currently held by Steve Smith (42, 1980-83).

• Robinson became the seventh U-M quarterback to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. Robinson owns 1,163 rushing yards and 2,056 passing yards in 2011. Last season, he registered 1,702 rushing and 2,570 passing yards in 13 games.

• Robinson is the fourth player in NCAA history to gain 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a season twice in his career, joining Missouri's Brad Smith, UAB's Joe Webb and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick. Webb and Smith did it in consecutive seasons, while Kaepernick did it three years in a row.

• Robinson became the eighth player in NCAA history to score 200 points and pass for 200 points in a career. Robinson boasts 38 passing touchdowns (228) and 35 rushing touchdowns (210).

• Robinson moved into 13th place in NCAA history in rushing yards by a quarterback. He upped his career total to 3,213 rushing yards to pass Texas' Vince Young (3,127). Robinson needs just 86 yards to reach Tampa's Fred Solomon (3,299) in 12th place.

• Junior/sophomore running back Fitzerald Toussaint carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards -- his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and his third in a row. Toussaint boasts 1,011 rushing yards on the season.

• Robinson and Toussaint give the Wolverines two 1,000-yard rushers this season. The last time Michigan boasted a pair of 1,000-yard rushers was 1975 with Gordon Bell (1,388) and Rob Lytle (1,030).

• Fifth-year senior wide receiver Junior Hemingway scored his second touchdown of the season on a 26-yard reception in the first quarter. His previous touchdown came against Notre Dame on Sept. 10. Hemingway owns nine career touchdowns. He also boasts a 19.9 yards-per-catch average this season.

• Senior receiver Martavious Odoms' 20-yard receiving touchdown early in the third quarter was his third TD catch of the season and third in as many games. Odoms owns six career touchdowns -- five receiving and one punt return.

• Senior tight end Kevin Koger scored his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a four-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Koger owns nine career touchdowns.

• Sophomore wide receiver Drew Dileo tallied career highs with two catches and 32 receiving yards, including a career-long 28-yard reception late in the fourth quarter.

• Junior/sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons posted a career-best 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Gibbons' previous long was 42 yards, which he registered last weekend against Nebraska.

DEFENSE

• Michigan registered its second safety of the season on an OSU holding call in the end zone in the first quarter. The Wolverines, who recorded their other safety -- via Mike Martin -- against Purdue on Oct. 29, have twice recorded three safeties in a season (1976 and 1998).

• Freshman linebacker Desmond Morgan recorded his first career sack -- for a one-yard loss -- early in the third quarter. Morgan posted 1.5 tackles-for-loss on Ohio State's first possession of the second half. He entered the game with 0.5 career TFL. Morgan also posted a career-best 10 tackles.

• Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen matched his career high with seven tackles against the Buckeyes. Van Bergen registered two tackles-for-loss, giving him nine TFL in the last five games.

• Sophomore cornerback Courtney Avery recorded his second career interception on the Buckeyes' final play of the game.


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