At Michigan Stadium last night the Wolverines pulled off one of the most improbable of comebacks in Shocking the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35-31. Trailing Notre Dame by 17 points at the start of the final quarter, the Maize and Blue outscored Notre Dame 28-7 in the games final quarter to come from behind for the win.
Denard Robinson's Luck of the Irish...
While struggling for much of the contest, quarterback Denard Robinson turned on the star power with the lights on at crunch time. When all said and done, Robinson, after notching over 500 yards of offense against ND last season, finished with 446 yards.
In two career starts against Notre Dame, Robinson has now tallied an impressive 948 yards of offense. He also moved into third place on the list of Big 10 career rushing leaders at the quarterback position. Just Juice Williams and Antwaan Randle El remain above the Wolverines quarterback.
Turnover gods smiling again...
After being dominated in turnover margin last season, for the second weekend in a row the Wolverines won the all important turnover battle. Despite a trio of picks by Denard Robinson, the Wolverines defense took the ball from Notre Dame five times.
Jordan Kovacs and J.T. Floyd both tallied critical interceptions for the Michigan defense, Floyd's as the Irish were approaching the Michigan goaline, plus Notre Dame Tommy Rees fumbled a pump fake as the Irish were inside the U-M red zone.
Just throw it up...
Denard Robinson set a new career high in passing yardage on just 11 completitions. Much of the Wolverines successes in the air came down to the fact that the Wolverines receivers were able to out battle the Fighting Irish while the ball was in the air.
"The play to Roy (Roundtree), he told me in the huddle 'Denard, I got to get 'em, I got to get 'em,' and he gave them a move, their guy kind of held him and I just threw it up -- and I knew he was going to get it," said Denard Robinson.
And he did.
And so did Junior Hemingway. And so did Jeremy Gallon.
All three wide receivers hauled in jump ball passes from Denard Robinson, each translating into a touchdown. Hemingway's 45-yard bomb got Michigan on the board, Gallon's to the right corner closed the gap -- and Roundtree put the game away.
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