Michigan blanks Illinois 45-0
Robinson recovers from wrist injury to lead Wolverines
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football team made it through a few moments of panic.
Late in the first quarter of Michigan’s 45-0 win Saturday over Illinois at Michigan Stadium, Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson injured his right wrist after he was hit on an 8-yard carry and was taken to the sideline.
Robinson sat out for the remainder of the first quarter and Michigan’s first series of the second quarter, replaced by Russell Bellomy. But after Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt, Robinson returned to account for four touchdowns.
Robinson appeared to have no lingering effects of a wrist injury through the rest of the game.
The senior topped 10,000 career yards as he finished 7-of-11 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Jeremy Gallon’s 71-yard touchdown reception helped Michigan (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) take a 7-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. On second-and-11 from the Michigan 29-yard line, Gallon caught a short screen pass from Robinson and took off for the touchdown, his first of the season.
Robinson, however, was taken out of the game with an apparent wrist injury late in the first quarter after rushing for 8 yards. He was replaced by Russell Bellomy before Brendan Gibbons’ 18-yard field goal gave Michigan a 10-0 lead with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
Robinson sat out Michigan’s first series of the second quarter, and after Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski’s 50-yard field-goal attempt with 8:37 left in the half fell short, Robinson returned to the field for the Wolverines. On the ensuing drive, Robinson steered the Wolverines 68 yards in nine plays on a drive that included his own 33-yard carry and gave Michigan a 17-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown with 4:41 left in the half.
Robinson scored his second touchdown less than three minutes into the second half to help Michigan take a 24-0 lead. Robinson connected with Devin Funchess two minutes later for an 8-yard touchdown pass, ending a four-play drive set up by Kenny Demens’ interception of Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole (5 of 10, 25 yards passing, one interception), who replaced starter Nathan Scheelhaase (2 for 6, 4 yards) early in the second quarter.
Mario Ojemudia’s fumble recovery set up Fitz Toussaint’s 2-yard touchdown with 3:43 left in the third quarter, and Thomas Rawls added a 63-yard touchdown run for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Michigan linebacker Desmond Morgan will wear Gerald Ford’s No. 48 as part of the season-long Michigan Football Legends initiative. … With his second-quarter touchdown, Robinson reached the 40-40 plateau, scoring 40 career rushing touchdowns and throwing 40 career passing touchdowns. … Illinois (2-5, 0-3) had 105 yards rushing and 29 yards passing.