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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score. The Spread-o-Meter measures the success of quarterbacks, the Rod-o-Meter
iudges how emotional (positive or negative) Rich Rodriguez was following the game and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.
Michigan quarterbacks combined for 419 passing yards,
and the Wolverines rushed for 257 yards. Most impres-
sively, the team hardly missed a beat after sophomore
quarterback Denard Robinson left the game with
concussion-like symptoms - especially in triple OT
At the press conference on Saturday, Michigan coach
Rich Rodriguez couldn't have been happier that his
team clinched bowl eligibility for the first time in his
Wolverine tenure. Rodriguez also called the game's final
stop a "perfect ending" for his much-maligned defense.
3/4 The late-arriving crowd more than made up for alack-
luster first quarter with incredible enthusiasm through-
out the fourth quarter and all three overtime periods.
Big Houses Rodriguez said he relished the opportunity to win the
game on the student section side of the field.
PLAY OF THE GAME
ARIEL BONDDaly ARIEL BON/Datly
JUNIOR WIDE RECEIVER ROY ROUNDTREE SOPHOMORE KICK RETURNER JEREMY GALLON
When told on the field after the game that he had It hasn't been an easy two weeks for Jeremy
broken the single-game receiving record for a Gallon. Last week at Penn State, Gallon muffed
Michigan wide receiver, junior Roy Roundtree said: two kick returns. On Saturday, after sophomore
"Wow. That's crazy." It was. Roundtree shattered quarterback Denard Robinson threw his second
the original record, set by Jack Clancy in 1966, by 49 consecutive interception, Gallon fumbled the
yards. It all started from the first play of the game, ball away to Illinois on the punt return. Despite
when sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson the struggles, the coaching staff has insisted that
hit Roundtree for a 75-yard touchdown. The way Gallon's speed and play-making ability outweigh
Roundtree was racking up yard after yard in the his mistakes. Special teams has most definitely
first half prompted his teammate, redshirt junior not been a strong point for the Wolverines this,
Junior Hemingway to say, "Dang, can we get some?" year, and it was no different on Saturday.
With Michigan ahead 67-65 in the third overtime, Illinois had to
successfuly complete its two-point conversion to extend the game to
a fourth overtime. The Wolverines blitzed seven defenders, including
senior linebacker Jonas Mouton who came in unblocked from the right
side. On the defensive line, Michigan ran a stunt which left sophomore
defensive lineman Craig Roh with a clear path to Illinois quarterback
Nathan Scheelhaase. Mouton got to Scheelhaase first and Roh made
sure that he didn't get off a quality pass attempt, sealing the victory for
I know it's 65
pointS, but it
only takes one
play to win a
did for us with
that last play."
- Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod
Smith after Saturday's game.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 POLL
Each week, Daily sports staffers fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10
points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on.
1. OREGON: LaMichael
James continues his pursuit
of Denard as the leader in
2. AUBURN: Despite the
allegations Cam Newton
had a great day, passing for
3. TCU: The Horned Frogs
proved they belonged with
a 40-point drubbing of No.5
Utah onthe road.
6. WISCONSIN: After
a slowistart, Wisconsin
ended up throttling Purdue,
Michigan's next opponent.
7. STANFORD: Andrew
Luck doesn't need any. The
Cardinal roll over Pac-10
8. OHIO STATE: The
Buckeyes had a bye this
week but still move upa
9. NEBRASKA: The
Huskers had to stave off a
last-play miracle from Iowa
State but they hang on.
4. BOISE STATE: Hawaii
the Broncos on their own blue
turf as Boisewonbig, 42-7.
S. LSU: Les Miles eats grass,
leading some to question if
he smokes it as well. We're
all part of nature, man.
10. MICHIGAN STATE: The
Spartans bounced back
against Minnesota after
getting wrecked by Iowa.
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what Nicole
happens in the 2010 football season. Auerbach
Michigan (-.5) vs. Illinois
No.1 Oregon (-28.5) vs. Washington
No. 2 Auburn (NS) vs. Chattanooga
No. 3 TCU (-4.5) at No. 5 Utah
No. 4 Boise State (-27) vs. Hawaii
No. 6 Alabama (-6) at No.10 Louisiana St.
No. 7 Nebraska (-17) at Iowa State
No. 8 Oklahoma (-6) at Texas A&M
No.9 Wisconsin (-20) at Purdue
No.12 Missouri (-7) at Texas Tech
No.13 Stanford (-7.5) vs. No.15 Arizona
No.14 Michigan State (-23) vs. Minnesota
No.16 Iowa (-17) at Indiana
No 17 Oklahoma St. (-6.5) vs. No. 21 Baylor
No.18 Arkansas (+3) at No.19 So Carolina So. Carolina
No. 22 Virginia Tech (-15) vs. Georgia Tech
No. 23 Nevada (-13) at Idaho
No. 24 Florida State (-7) vs. North Carolina
No. 25 NC State (+4) at Clemson
Northwestern (NS) at Penn State