Oct. 4, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- For the third time in five weeks, University of Michigan football sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his play in Michigan's 42-35 victory at Indiana (Oct. 2) to open the conference season. Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, two rushing and a career-best three passing, and racked up 494 total offensive yards against the Hoosiers.
Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run over left end with 17 seconds left in regulation. He led the Wolverines 73 yards in five plays and consumed just 58 seconds after the Hoosiers tied the game with 1:15 left on the clock. Robinson completed a 42-yard pass down the right sideline to senior/junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS) to the Indiana four-yard line. The pass play set up Robinson's second career game-winning TD run. He carried the ball for eight, 17 and two yards on the first three plays of the drive.
Robinson rushed 19 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns overall, tying the second-best rushing effort by a quarterback in league history, trailing only his 258-yard output at Notre Dame on Sept 11. Robinson scored on Michigan's second offensive play, taking the ball up the middle before sprinting left down the sideline for a 72-yard score. He had six rushing attempts of more than 10 yards, including three for 27 yards or more (72, 27, 13, 28, 11 and 17).
Robinson set career highs in passing yards (277) and passing touchdowns, completing 10-of-16 passes for 277 yards and three TDs to three different receivers: 32 yards to senior Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), 70 yards to Hemingway and three yards to junior Kevin Koger (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer). Robinson averaged 27.7 yards per completion at IU, and had a 74-yard, career-long completion to Roundtree in the contest.
Robinson became the first player in FBS history to pass and rush for 200 yards in a game twice during the regular season with his performance; he also achieved the feat at Notre Dame.
Robinson leads the nation in rushing (181 avg.), lists second in total offense (382.6 avg.), fourth in passing efficiency (179.97 rating) and is seventh in all-purpose running (181 avg.).
He needs 87 total offensive yards to reach 2,000 on the season and is 95 rushing yards shy of 1,000. Robinson has 194 touches for 1,913 yards, rushing 98 times for 905 yards and eight touchdowns. He has the third-best season rushing total for a quarterback in Big Ten history and has completed 70 percent of his passes (67-of-96) for 1,008 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception.
In addition to the Big Ten honor, Robinson was named the College Football Performance Award National Player of the Week and the Rivals.com Big Ten Player of the Week.
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