Maize & Blue Revolution

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    Maize & Blue Revolution

    Michigan opens up their season with heartbreak in South Bend. Notre Dame edges Michigan 29-26 in a thrilling season opener for both teams. Denard Robinson put the Big 10 on notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with. Robinson completed 21 of his 29 attempts for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns, he also scrambled for an additional 38 yards which will keep opposing defenses on edge. He did however, throw 2 interceptions, including a crucial one inside the Notre Dame 5-yardline with :30 to play. Dane Crist was equally impressive going 18 for 27 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns also. Both teams saw their starting tailbacks injured for the game, which took away Michigan's confidence in their running game. Tight end J Hayden was Robinson's favorite target on the day making key 3rd down catches and scoring 2 touchdowns.

    Michigan's defense has some work to do as they couldn't get off the field in the 2nd half and will need to learn how to get some key stops if this team is going to challenge for a Big 10 title. Linebacker B Hawthorne led the Michigan D with 10 tackles and an interception. JT Turner also added 3 tackles and a pick.

    Michigan has a bye in week 2 and then will host 16th ranked Texas A&M.
     
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    Michigan 21-9 Texas A&M

    The Michigan Wolverines bounce back from their tough loss in South Bend with a 12 point win over the #11 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Vincent Smith was named Player of the Game, as the Wolverines committed to the run game in their home opener, after he rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. Michigan handed the ball off 35 times and passed 17. Denard Robinson completed 11 of those 17 passes for 197 yards a touchdown and an interception. Roy Roundtree led Michigan in receiving with 3 catches for 80 yards. Freshman Dave Washington led the defense with 7 tackles and a sack. The Big Blue D held the Aggies to just 66 rushing yards on the day.

    Up next, the Wolverines are on another bye and then they open Big 10 play the following week when they host the Indiana Hoosiers.
     
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    Michigan 42-14 Indiana

    The Wolverines open Big 10 play with a bang running all over the Hoosiers en route to a 28 point win. Once again, the Wolverines ran more than they passed, 34-25 and Vincent Smith was again the Player of the Game after his 2 touchdown performance. Roy Roundtree again set the bar in the passing game catching 6 passes for 103 yards and 1 touchdown. Thomas Gordon paced the defense with 9 tackles and Anthony LaLota had 6 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery.

    Next week, Michigan will get their 2nd road test of the year when they travel to Kinnick Stadium to face the Iowa Hawkeyes.
     
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    Michigan 29-10 Iowa

    Michigan uses defense and the kicking game to beat Iowa and improve to 2-0 in the Big 10. In a game that was very even on paper, Michigan used 4 interceptions to fend off Iowa. While the Wolverine offense racked up 300 yards, it constantly stalled in the red zone as they had to settle for 4 Jason Singleton field goals on their 4 trips inside the 20. Singleton also added a 51-yard field goal and was named Player of the Game. Denard Robinson was 11 for 20 on the day for 136 yards before being replaced by Ed Thompson after Robinson had to leave the game with an injury. Thompson was 4 of 5 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Vincent Smith rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries. Jaron Stokes had a breakout game catching 6 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

    Michigan improved to 3-1 overall 2-0 in the Big 10 and travels to Minneapolis to face the rival Gophers in the Battle for the Little Brown Jug.
     
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    Michigan 45-7 Minnesota

    Michigan explodes for 35 1st half points and cruise past the Golden Gophers to remain undefeated in the Big 10. Michigan put up 511 yards of total offense, including 350 passing yards in the 1st half by Denard Robinson. Robinson completed 13 of 18 passes and threw 3 touchdown passes, 1 to Terrence Robinson and 2 to Player of the Game Jaron Stokes who caught 3 passes for 165 yards. Reserve running M Dean led the Wolverines in rushing, carrying the ball 17 times for 95 yards.

    Michigan will return home for their game against Illinois next week.
     
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    Michigan 31-14 Illinois

    Michigan uses Player of the Game Vincent Smith's 4 touchdowns to down the Fighting Illini and remain undefeated in Big 10 play, improving to 4-0. Smith carried the ball 20 times for 223 yards and caught 3 passes for another 23 yards. The defense played well after they settled in, shutting Illinois out in the 2nd half. Andrew LaLota and William Campbell led the defense. LaLota had 8 tackles, 5 for loss, and 2 sacks. Campbell recorded 6 tackles, 3 for loss.

    The 14th ranked Wolverines improved to 5-1 overall and host the Purdue Boilermakers next week, who are still in search of their 1st conference win.
     
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    Michigan 31-20 Purdue

    The 11-point victory does not tell the story of the game, Michigan trailed almost all day and didn't take their 1st lead until there was less than a minute left in the game, then iced the game on a Mike Dean's 2nd touchdown in the last minute of play. Purdue opened the scoring with 1:08 to play in the 1st quarter on a 3-yard run by Al Terek McBurse to give Purdue a 7-0 lead. Michigan struggled for the entire 1st half, watching Purdue get out to a 17-0 lead and seeing Denard Robinson go down with a pulled groin that will keep him out for a month. Purdue opened the 2nd quarter with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Caleb TerBush to Patrick Carroll to make the score 14-0, then a minute and a half later, Steve McMillan kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Boilermakers their biggest lead of the game. The #13 Wolverines were a little shell-shocked and had to rely on backup quarterback Ed Thompson to bring them back. Michigan then put together an 11 play, 80-yard drive that took the last 3:20 left in the half resulting in Thompson hitting JeRon Stokes on a 9-yard slant bringing the Wolverines within 10 at the half.

    The 2nd half opened with Michigan kicking off and getting Purdue to go 3 and out. The Wolverines then drove down to Purdue's 26, before their drive stalled and they had to settle for a Jason Singleton field goal bringing them within 7. Purdue was able to answer with McMillan's 2nd field goal of the day from 23 yards out. With just under 30 seconds left in the quarter, Vincent Smith went off right tackle on 3rd & 1 for a 59-yard touchdown to make the score 20-17. As the Boilermarkers and Wolverines traded possessions, Smith was lost for the game with a back injury, so Dean stepped in and became the hero. Dean hit paydirt to put Michigan up 24-20 with just :49 left to play, then on the ensuing possession, Brandin Hawthorne intercepted TerBush and Dean iced the game with a 2-yard touchdown with :19 left to make the final score 31-20.

    Michigan improves to 6-1 overall, 5-0 in the Big 10. They travel to East Lancing to play Michigan State next week for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
     
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    Michigan 38-15 Michigan State

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    Michigan went to East Lansing and dominated their rivals. Michigan State took an early lead, but couldn't contain Vincent Smith who rushed for 196 yards and caught 5 passes for 40 yards. Smith also scored 2 rushing touchdowns and was named Player of the game. JeRon Stokes was once again impressive catching 4 passes for 74 yards and scored a touchdown. Tight end Brandon Moore caught 2 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wolverines in receiving. Reserve quarterback Ed Thompson threw for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 1st start of his career.

    The defense played well as a unit, holding the Spartans to 290 yards and forced 2 turnovers. Michigan State was only able to convert 1 of their 10 3rd downs and only managed to get 7 1st downs on the day.

    Michigan remains undefeated and in 1st place in the Big 10 at 6-0 and improved to 7-1 overall. Next week, Michigan will take a break from Big 10 play and travel to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech.
     
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    Michigan 23-17 Virginia Tech

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    Michigan Runs Streak to 8 at Lane Stadium

    Anthony LaLota and the Wolverine defense lead Michigan past the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg. Michigan strong safety Thomas Gordon got the 1st of 3 interceptions the Wolverine defense would get on the day on Virginia Tech's opening drive. Vincent Smith then carried the load all the way down to the Hokie 5-yardline where Ed Thompson would hit JeRon Stokes on a 5-yard slant to put Michigan up 7-0. The Hokies ensuing possession wouldn't go much better as Craig Roh would pressure Hokie quarterback Juju Clayton into his 2nd errant pass of the day, this time finding the arms of Player of the Game LaLota who would return it 46 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-0 Michigan, who looked to be rolling towards a blowout road win. However, after the defense got another stop, Michigan was driving deep into Hokie territory when Thompson was hit as he threw and the ball floated short where it was intercepted and returned 89 yards for a touchdown giving Virginia Tech renewed hope. On the Wolverines' next possession, they would have to settle for the 1st of Jason Singleton's 3 field goals on the day, this time from 19 yards out. Virginia Tech would respond with a solid drive scoring on a 3-yard Clayton touchdown pass to L Thomas to make the score 17-14. The Hokies left the Wolverines with just :37, but Thompson was able to hit Roy Roundtree a couple times and Singleton kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the half to make the score 20-14.

    No one was able to put any points on the board in the 3rd quarter and both Michigan and Virginia Tech had goalline stands stopping eachother inside the 1-yardline. Michigan opened the 4th quarter scoring with Singleton's 3rd field goal, his longest of the day, 38 yards. Virginia Tech finally got into the Michigan red zone with just under 3 minutes to play, but had to settle for another field goal to get within 6 at 23-17. Michigan then leaned on Smith again and got enough 1st downs to run the final 2:40 off the clock and improve to win their 8th in a row.

    Michigan will now travel to Illinois to face the surprising Northwestern Wildcats, then close out their Big 10 schedule at home when host the rival Buckeyes of Ohio State. The Wolverines can clinch a Rose Bowl bid with a win next week at Evanston due to owning the tie-breaker with Iowa, after their victory in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes only Big 10 loss of the year.

    Key Performers

    Ed Thompson 14-25 204 yards 1 TD 1 Int
    Vincent Smith 31 carries 190 yards
    Roy Roundtree 5 receptions 111 yards
    Anthony LaLota 8 tackles 4 for loss 2 sacks 1 Int 1 TD
    Jerrell Pettit 4 tackles 2 for loss 1 sack
    William Campbell 4 tackles 1 for loss 1 sack
     
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    Michigan 44-14 Northwestern

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    Wolverines are Pasadena Bound

    Michigan locked up the Big 10 Title today in Evanston with a 44-14 route of the #23 Northwestern Wildcats. After a dead even 1st quarter, Michigan outscored Northwestern 30-0 the rest of the way. In the first 4 possessions of the game, Michigan and Northwestern traded touchdowns and then the Wolverine D was able to make some adjustments and shut the Wildcats' offense down. Vincent Smith continues to show why he is one of the best backs in the nation as he earned Player of the Game honors carrying the ball 24 times for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. Michigan scored on all 5 of their 1st half possessions with Smith scoring on 4 of those 5 drives. Michigan put up 387 yards of offense in the 1st half and built a 35-14 lead at the break.

    The starters returned to the field for 1 series in the 2nd half and put 3 more points on the board before they went to the sideline to celebrate their 1st Big 10 Title in 7 years. Coach Alexander, who took over after a 2-year stint at Washington is headed to the Rose Bowl for the 2nd time in 3 years. In 2010, Alexander's Huskies beat Illinois in the Rose Bowl capping an impressive 2-year turnaround that saw the Huskies go from a winless 2008 to Pac-10 and Rose Bowl Champions in 2010. Now, Michigan fans are hoping for a similar meteoric rise back to prominence for their program. Michigan has now won 9 games in a row since their heartbreaking season opening loss in South Bend.

    Next week the Wolverines will host the #11 Ohio State Buckeyes, who would love nothing more than to ruin Senior Day in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines look to send their seniors off in style and celebrate the university's 43rd conference title.

    Player of the Game
    #2 Vincent Smith

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    24 carries 241 yards 4 TDs, 1 reception 14 yards

    Other Key Performers
    Ed Thompson 16-25 249 yards
    M Dean 14 carries 58 yards 1 TD
    JeRon Stokes 5 catches 55 yards
    Jordan Singleton 3-3 Long of 42 5-5 XPs


     
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    Michigan 17-9 Ohio State

    Michigan Finishes Perfect in the Big 10

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    The #8 Michigan Wolverines won the Big 10 Title outright with their 17-9 victory in a defensive battle against the #11 Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes could only play the role of spoiler when they came to Ann Arbor at 5-2 in Big 10 play. Michigan had one last hurdle to clear to avoid falling into a 3-way tie with Iowa and Wisconsin who both have 1 conference loss on the season. Ohio State entered the game averaging 371.6 yards/game and 35.4 points/game, but were held to just 254 yards and 9 points by a stout Wolverine defense. Michigan was held to just 234 yards and 17 points, but won the turnover battle 2-1, which was the difference in the game. The turning point in the game was a JT Turner interception at the Michigan 14-yardline with the Wolverines leading 7-3 with just under 3 minutes left in the half.

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    Although the Wolverine offense was 180 yards below their average and scored 2 touchdowns less, they put in a very efficient performance. Vincent Smith scored his 18th and 19th, and the team's 24th and 25th rushing touchdowns of the season. Denard Robinson finally returned to action after being out for the last few weeks with a shoulder injury. Robinson was a little rusty, but threw a perfect touch pass over Andy Dortch's outside shoulder which setup Smith's 2nd touchdown of the game on a 3-yard dive play that pushed the score to 14-3. Ohio State would drive down and B Horne would kick his 2nd field goal of the day from 20 yards out to make the halftime score 14-6.

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    The 2nd half was dominated by the defenses as both teams would trade field goals. Michigan seemed content to play ball-control football and work on the clock letting Smith carry the load. Smith would be named Player of the Game once again. Michigan's defense line ensured a Wolverine victory by getting constant pressure on Buckeye quarterback Ethan Davis, sacking him twice and getting countless hurries. Anthony LaLota led the Wolverine defense with 8 tackles. LaLota and his defensive linemates combined for 25 tackles including 8 for loss.

    The Wolverines improved to 10-1 overall, 8-0 in the Big 10, and will take their 10-game winning streak to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day where they will face the #4 USC Trojans unless they climb to #2 in the BCS and play for the National Championship.


    Player of the Game
    Vincent Smith


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    25 carries 135 yards 2 TDs
    3 receptions 31 yards


    Other Key Performers
    Anthony LaLota 8 tackles, 2 for loss
    Craig Roh 7 tackles, 2 for loss
    Jerrell Pettit 7 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack
    Ryan Culver 6 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack
    Thomas Gordon 6 tackles, 1 for loss
    Vladimir Emilien 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
    JT Turner 4 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
     

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