No Fight In Illini, 56-14

This one was over at the half. Chris Perry ran for 130 of his 140 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the first stanza, and Steve Breaston added a first half punt return of 74 yards for another touchdown, as Michigan bolted to a 35-0 first half lead, and then cruised from there.

This was basically a game of Michigan scoring, and Illinois going "three and out'.

Michigan opened the game with a 73 touchdown drive, capped by a 25 yard Perry touchdown run.

Illinois -- three and out.

Michigan took the ball in its second possession for 63 yards for a second touchdown, 14-0.

Illinois -- three and out number two.

After both teams had the ball twice without scoring, and Illinois had a third three and out, Breaston took the punt at the Michigan 26 and juked half the Illinois defense to return it for a touchdown. 21-0.

After Illinois went three and out once more, Michigan took the ball deep in its own territory at the 17 and drove for another score, capped by a ten yard touchdown pass from Joh Navarre to tight end Andy Mignery. 28-0.

Illinois -- need we say it -- three and out.

Michigan takes the ball at its 33 and once again commences a TD drive, with Perry scoring once again from the one. 35-zip.

At the half Michigan had 103 yards of offense, compared to Illinois' 50.

In the second half Illinois managed 14 points to only 21 for Michigan, but by then Michigan fans' thoughts turned to injuries and 'who got in to play'.

-- Marlin Jackson didn't dress (but, Coach Carr said after the game, is expected back next week for Purdue).
-- Jeremy Van Alstyne didn't dress, but is week to week.
-- Kickoff kicker Troy Nienburg was injured in the first half making a tackle (out of bounds for a personal foul at that) and didn't return.
-- Safety Jacob Stewart went out once again with a knee injury; he was walking with the aid of a crutch afer the game.
-- Safety Willis Barringer returned to action and played most of the game.

Who got to Play:
-- Tim Bracken was the second strong tailback, and played well, gaining 52 yards in eight carries.
-- Matt Gutierrez saw fourth quarter action and played well, completing 4 of 7 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
-- Ryan Mundy -- moved to cornerback (he LOOKS like Woodson there, if he plays like he looks ...)
-- Prescott Burgess -- saw action at linebacker for the first time in a couple weeks.
-- Darnell Hood at cornerback.
-- Jerome Jackson played well again at tail back in the fourth quarter, gaining 55 yards in 8 carries.

One final stat: John Navare was 18 for 27 for 202 yards and a touchdown.
One final point: what happened in this game has little to do with what is in store for the Wolverines next week, a fine and balanced offense and defense by Purdue (6-1, 3-0), winners today over Wisconsin. Stay tune to Mark Ouimet's game preview.

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