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Unlikely heroes lead Roundtree sets Michigan

'M'in triple-OT

Daily SportsEditor Sophomore quarterback Tate
Forcier - who was the 2009
The last time two Big Ten teams starter but became the backup
scored this many points, Michigan with the emergence of Robinson
was playing Michigan Agricultur- - replaced Michigan's main offen-
al back in 1902 and Fielding Yost sive cog near the beginning of the
was coaching his point-a-minute fourth quarter and promptly fum-
teams. bled his first pass attempt away to
Saturday's game in the Big Illinois. The Fighting Illini scored
House took three overtimes: the go-ahead touchdown six plays
Michigan 67, Illinois 65. later.
The win made the Wolverines But that was just the beginning
eligible for a bowl game for the of his story. When he got another
first time in Michigan coach Rich chance later in the quarter, down
Rodriguez's tenure as coach. And seven points, Forcier led Michigan
it capped off a week in which the on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown
NCAA concluded its investigation drive that ended with a diving
involving the football program - catch by junior wide receiver Dar-
with an outcome widely consid- ryl Stonum.
ered favorable for the beleaguered "The good thing about Tate,
coach. that we're proud of, is that he is
When the first overtime started, a veteran," Michigan offensive
Michigan's starting quarterback coordinator Calvin Magee said
Denard Robinson had already after the game praising Forcier
exited the game with an injury - for how he "shook it off and made
it was unexpected protagonists some plays."
who made all the difference in this With the score tied at 45, and

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Daily Sports Editor
minute to play in
uarter, Forcier had Roy Roundtree said after
up, throwing an Michigan's 67-65 marathon win
near midfield and over Illinois on Saturday in Ann
one last chance to Arbor that he had woken up
Lation. Come over- "hungry."
Forcier marched the And on the game's very first
ense down the field play from scrimmage, the Illi-
sled machine. And ni defense served him up filet
edshirt junior wide mignon and put it on a silver plat-
or Hemingway on ter.
y two-point conver- Sophomore quarterback
the third overtime Denard Robinson faked the run
n a bit of breathing up the middle, drawing the safe-
ois scored a touch- ties in to cover the run. That left
ghting Illini had to a seam open down the middle of
version. the field.
ffense stayed with So Roundtree shot into the
es' video-game like open field and Robinson spot-
thout the game, and ted him, lobbing a long pass to
no different. Fight- his wide-open wide receiver for
inning back Mikel a 75-yard touchdown. It was the
red his fifth touch- start of a career day for the red-
ame in the final over- shirt sophomore wideout, who
e Michigan defense finished with a Michigan-record
chance to redeem 246 yards on nine receptions, two
of which went for touchdowns.
See HEROES, Page 3B Roundtree destroyed Jack Clan-

cy's 1966 record by 49 yards.
"Today was a great day,"
Roundtree said after the game.
"I really don't get into the stats
and stuff like that. I just make
sure if we score, we score again.
That's our motto on the offense ...
Everybody got to eat, and today,
we all had time with the ball."
Quarterbacks coach Rod Smith
said after the game that they
saw weaknesses in the Illini sec-
ondary, and after a disappoint-
ing mistake in last year's game,
Roundtree was a big part of
exploiting those weaknesses.
In the Wolverines' devastat-
ing loss in Champaign last year,
Roundtree appeared to have a
76-yard touchdown, similar to
Saturday's first play. But after a
video review, officials ruled that
Roundtree was caught at the
Illinois 1-yard line. From there,
Michigan couldn't punch the ball
in on four straight tries, effective-
ly stopping the team's momentum
dead in its tracks.
This week though, Roundtree
told offensive coordinator Calvin

ithf monster day

Magee that it wouldn't happen
"We teased Roy all week, I
don't know if he told you," Michi-
gan coach Rich Rodriguez said.
"Last year, he had a long one and
got caught, didn't stick it in. He
didn't get caught today... Calvin
was on the headset with me when
he caught the ball, and he says,
'Don't get caught this time, Roy,
don't get caught this time!' He
took off pretty well. He's a tal-
ented guy."
For Roundtree, most of his
record-setting performance took
place in the first half, when he
accumulated a staggering 192
yards on four catches.
"I was like, dang, can we get
sometCan wegetsome?" redshirt
junior wideout Junior Heming-
way joked after the hgame. "I told
him keep doing that, keep doing
that. We are going to keep run-
ning our routes to outside receiv-
ers so we can get the safeties out
of there, so you can be open all
the time. It's a team game, but

'Mack leads Blue to fifth Big Ten title

Treais helps Wolverines
avoid sweep in Alaska

Daily Sports Writer
With freshman forward
Rachael Mack's history of late-
hero- PENN STATt 3
ics this MICHIGAN 4
for the OHIO STATE 1
gan field
hockey team, the only person
capable of topping her perfor-
mances seems to be, well, Rachael
After scoring the game-tying
goal for the 11th-ranked Wolver-
ines in the Big Ten Tournament

semifinals Thursday against Penn
State, Mack notched the game-
winning goal in overtime that
sent Michigan to the finals. She
followed that up with the game-
winning goal in the finals to lift
the Wolverines to a 2-1 victory
and the Big Ten Tournament title
over No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday.
"It's just unbelievable," Mack
said Sunday, after being named
Tournament MVP. "Just to be
part of such a great team experi-
ence is just amazing."
Mack's goal against Ohio State
(5-1 Big Ten, 16-4 overall) came
in the 41st minute when redshirt
junior Katie Adams stole the ball
near the goal and sent a pass to

a cutting Mack on the near post,
who deflected it into the net.
"Oh my goodness, the game-
winning goal was outstanding,"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
said through the Athletic Depart-
ment. "Katie ... made a beautiful
reverse stick pass across the 'D'
and Rachael just got her stick on
it and really went hard to the ball
so it was a wonderful game win-
Michigan's defense, led by
junior Hannah Dawson and
seniors Meredith Way and Paige
Laytos, stepped up as the team
clung to a one-goal lead for the
remaining 29 minutes amid a
Buckeye onslaught.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper
Christi Barwick recorded only
one save on the day, but it was a
vital one. After the ball leaked
through the Wolverine defense
with seven minutes remaining,
Barwick denied Ohio State senior
Aisling McKeon a game-tying
goal with a diving stick save.
"Ohio State, they're a fantastic
team," Pankratz said. "Their indi-
vidual skill sets are amazing and
so we were just trying really hard
to stay in front, play good defense,
and it took one, two, three, maybe
sometimes four of us to do it but
we got it done today."
The defense was tasked with

Daily Sports Editor
Many recruits have cited wearing
Michigan's iconic winged-helmets
as a reason
for play- MICHIGAN 0
ing for the ALASKA 3
Michigan rALASKA 2
hockey MICHIGAN 5
team. But
never have the wings contributed so
directly to winning a game as they
did on Saturday on the road against
Early in the third period with the

score tied at two, sophomore Chris
Brown put the puck on net. After
a series of deflections, the puck
bounced off sophomore center A.J.
Treais's helmet and into the net. It
turned out to be the winning goal.
"There's a first time for everything
I guess," Treais said Saturday night.
After trading goals throughout
the first two periods, Treais's goal
ignited No. 5 Michigan's third-peri-
od efforts. The Wolverines added on
two more to win, 5-2, Saturday in the
Carlson Center, rebounding from a
3-0 loss Friday.
See ALASKA, Page 3B

0 Despite getting an exhibition win over
Saginaw Valley State, the Wolverines didn't
look very impressive in their 2010 season
opener. Page 3B

U In his SportsMonday Column, Daily Sports
Editor Ryan Kartje tells Michigan fans to take
a second to relax and smile for once: They're
going bowling! Page 2B

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